Siano named to All-America boys soccer team (video)

For the first time in 31 years, Ridgefield High is home to an All-American boys soccer player.

Following a superb senior season, striker JT Siano has been named to the United Soccer Coaches 2017 High School All-America team. Siano was one of 67 players chosen to the squad, which will be formally acknowledged during an All-America Luncheon on Jan. 20 as part of the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

Siano becomes the first Ridgefield boys soccer player to receive All-American honors since Curt Onalfo in 1986. Two other RHS players, Guy Welton and Cliff Onalfo, were named to All-American teams in 1982 and 1984, respectively.

“It’s well deserved,” said Ridgefield head coach Phil Bergen. “JT came in to take care of business this season, and he certainly did that.”

Siano scored 21 goals, helping the Tigers win the FCIAC regular-season title. Ridgefield lost to Danbury in the conference quarterfinals and to Norwalk in the Class LL state quarterfinals, ending the year with a 14-5-1 record.

After missing two-and-a-half games due to a preseason foot injury, Siano scored 18 goals over the next 13 regular-season games. He then added three more goals in four playoff contests. Siano finished with two hat tricks and four two-goal games.

“I told our players that they should all feel privileged to have played a part in JT being named an All-American,” said Bergen. “He didn’t get this award on his own.”

Siano, who was previously selected for the All-FCIAC, All-State and All-New England teams, has given a verbal commitment to play Division I college soccer at Quinnipiac.

“They are getting a very good player,” said Bergen. “JT has an excellent work ethic and he is very strong technically. He is also athletic and has great size (6’2) and speed. He is the type of forward that colleges want.”