The Boardman High School soccer team received a host of honors as the season comes to a close. Being awarded Federal League honors were senior Christian Silvestri and junior Nico Dilanni, who were both named to the All-League First Team. Named to All-League Second Team were seniors Eric Thomas and Mathew Horvatich. Sophomore Luke Marsco recieved All-League Honorable Mention and Ahmet Olgun was named Federal League Coach of the Year.
On the county level, Silvestri and Dilanni were named to the All-Mahoning County First Team and Horvatich recieved All-Mahoning County Honorable Mention.
In the Youngstown District, Silvestri, Dilanni, senior Eric Thomas, and Marsco were named to the Division I All-District First Team and assistant coach Eric Simione was named Division I Assistant Coach of the Year.
Boardman High School was also honored for the Division I Top JV Team and a Team Academic Recognition.
“We are still awaiting the possibility of Christian Silvestri being an All-State selection, however, that voting does not take place for another two weeks,” said coach Simione.
In tournament play on Oct. 17, the BHS boys soccer team opened tournament play with an 11-0 win over visiting Canton Timken. Silvestri and Nico Graziani both scored twice for the Spartans. Other goals were registered by senior Marcus Hanna and Thomas, juniors DiIanni, Raul Bosca, Mark D'Eramo and Alan Olson, and sophomore Fabio Bassil.
Silvestri tallied three assists in the game, while one assist was added from each of the following: seniors Michael Billett, Andrew Peters, Drew Rober and Thomas; junior Pete Ryan; sophomores Marsco and Sam Mathey; and freshman Zach Fryda.
Junior Anthony Calautti and freshman Brian Fryda split time as goal keepers, although neither booked any saves as Timken took no shots on goal.
On the evening of Oct. 20, Boardman went on the road to Uniontown Lake for the Sectional finals against the Blue Streaks. DiIanni paced the Spartans to a 3-2 overtime victory with an assist and two goals; including the golden goal four minutes into the overtime period. Boardman was trailing late in the first half when DiIanni's cross to Horvatich evened the score. Calautti had eight saves for the Spartans who are now 8-4-5 on the season.