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South Jersey Soccer:
Meet the Ocean City Baron's Ryan Carr

Friday, March 11, 2005

By Paul O'Donnell
Ocean City Barons Correspondent

A longtime youth player in the SJ Barons programs, Ryan Carr, a product of Ocean City High School where he won honors every year as well as two State Championships and the Atlantic City Press Soccer Player of the Year as a senior, returns to the PDL Barons for his 2nd season in 2005. The University of Hartford's #1 keeper he also was named their MVP for the 2004 season.

Ryan credits his experience with the Barons youth and his coaches for helping him find the secret to his success; hard work! A special mention for a former Barons youth coach, Matt Driver, “he taught me how to be a true professional on and off the field. He has been a huge influence in my life and is much of the reason that I am where I am today” tells you what he thinks of his experience in the Barons youth program.

The challenge provided by the competition he faced as a young player in the Barons programs and the exposure it brought was a key to him finding his way to the top along with his coach at Ocean City High School, Mike Pelligrino; “he showed me that hard work everyday can make champions.”

A goal oriented young man Ryan intends to continue his work ethic and hopes to entertain the opportunity to play professionally some day (soon). When asked about his goals for the upcoming season he offered this comment “Starting as the number 1 keeper, going further in the Open Cup and going undefeated in conference once again.” Ryan sets high standards not only for himself, but for his team and he intends to make them reality.

His favorite pro soccer club? The USL 1st Division Charleston Battery who happens to have two of his former teammates at the U. of Hartford on their roster; their keeper Chris Doyle, and all time leading points man, Alon Lubezky.

As for the Barons new name and venue, it provides a new challenge that he is obviously looking forward to; “I am really happy that the Barons moved back to Ocean City because it is my home town and we can really get the community out to support us.”

With a man like this between the pipes the season promises to be a good one for the Ocean City Barons. Ryan will be there to challenge himself and his mates to become the best that they can be.

As fans of the Barons, we can't ask for more than that.

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