Bears’ Goalie Led Way To Three Stellar Seasons
Depending on how you look at things, Ryan Newman played either the most glamorous or least glamorous position on the soccer field: goalie.
Goalkeepers get blamed for losses. Scorers get credit for wins. It’s a tough gig and takes a lot of mental fortitude. Newman had that special something that made the North Royalton’s boys soccer team a top-level squad for each of his three years in goal.
This past fall Newman played a huge role for the Bears. In his third season as starting goalkeeper, he led the Bears to a 12-2-4 season overall, which included a 3-1-3 Suburban League National Conference record.
The three-year varsity starter earned first-team All-Suburban League and second-team All-Ohio honors and recorded the last six of his 28 career shutouts. That’s no small feat, given the schedule North Royalton faced.
The Bears allowed just 16 goals all season with Newman in front of the net and never allowed more than two in a game. If the Bears scored one goal, they didn’t lose. Thanks in no small part to Newman’s presence, the Bears in the past three years are a combined 35-11-8 overall and 13-4-5 in the Suburban League National.
“His success in both soccer and tennis both in high school and carrying into the collegiate level speaks volumes of the athlete Ryan is,” North Royalton boys soccer coach Jason Rutkowski said. “Ryan never was the tallest player but his work rate and the heavy amount of training made him the one of the state’s best goalkeeper.”
Newman was a mainstay on a tennis team that over the past two seasons was a combined 23-11 with a 10-4 mark in the Suburban League National. Newman was 15-4 as a No. 3 singles player a year ago before moving up to the much more difficult No. 3 court.
The combination of sports is why Newman is The Post’s 2017-18 North Royalton Male Athlete of the Year. His graduation will be tough to deal with on each team.
“He will be greatly missed from our program from his vocal leadership on the field, his lead by example work rate in training, and his mental toughness at his position,” Rutkowski said. “Beyond soccer and tennis I think one of the greatest things about Ryan is his school spirit and how he often attended all sporting events, supporting football, basketball, volleyball, etc.”
By Todd Stumpf, The Post Sports Editor
Updated on July 31st, 2018