Varsity Boys Soccer
|19||Ryan Szczepkowski (Captain)||Senior|
|24||Cole Snell (Captain)||Senior|
Kurt WetzelHead Coach
Kurt Wetzel '88 enters his sixth season as head coach of the GA varsity boys soccer team in 2023.
The team finished the 2022 year 11-6-1 (5-4-1) and tied for second place in the Inter-Academic Athletic League. The team also advanced to the second round of the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association Tournament. Five members of the team were named All-League performers, with Tyler Weiss '23 being named League MVP.
In 2021, Wetzel and the Patriots finished the season 17-3 overall and 8-2 in Inter-Ac play. GA not only won the league, but also finished as runners-up in the PAISAA Championship. Seven members of the team were named All-League performers, with Christian Combs '22 being named League MVP.
In his first season in 2018, Wetzel guided a young GA team to a 3-14-2 overall record. The team placed two athletes on the All-League team.
In his second season, the 2019 Patriots went 11-8-2 overall and 4-6 in league play.
In a shortened season impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Patriots finished 2-1 overall (all Inter-Ac League opponents).
Wetzel is a 1988 graduate of GA and is a Lower School teacher. Wetzel provides general oversight to the entire 6-12 boys soccer vertically aligned program.
Wetzel has been coaching soccer at GA for various teams since 2003. He served as the boys varsity assistant from 2010-15, and, in 2016 and 2017, he coached the boys junior varsity team. He has been a presence with the Whitpain Recreation Association Travel Soccer program, serving as coach for both boys and girls teams since 2009. Wetzel has also headed up the GA Summer Programs soccer camp as coach and director since 2003. He has been involved since 1993 as a player, manager and league president of the Germantown Academy Alumni Team in the Philadelphia Cricket League – the oldest soccer league in the country – and currently plays for the Colonial Soccer Club Over 30 team.
"I am honored to take on the responsibility of leading the boys soccer program," said Wetzel. "As a teacher and coach I have had the privilege of working with students in all divisions at GA over the last 15 years and my relationships with students and parents has allowed me to build a culture of honor and respect in the classroom and on the playing field. This new opportunity will allow me to continue my work in developing hard-working student-athletes who respect their teammates, opponents, and the game. I look forward to helping the athletes to become confident and collaborative young men on the field, while developing teamwork and leadership skills that will carry far beyond the playing field."
Michael TorreyAssistant Coach
Matthew RomingerGoalkeeper Coach
Carey Stadium (310 Morris Road, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, 19034) is home to GA boys soccer. It was opened in 2010 as a multi-sport facility that includes a 200 x 380’ artificial turf field, a regulation track surface with six lanes, high jump area, long jump pit and easy on-and-off sideline access. Lines are drawn on the field for football, soccer and lacrosse. The bleacher seating can accommodate 850 spectators and are handicap accessible. Carey Stadium also houses a concession stand equipped with electrical, an ice machine and a reach-in cooler; restroom facilities, as well as two team gathering rooms, private referee room and a trainer’s room equipped with sink, ice machine and treatment bed. The scoreboard in the corner of the Stadium is a multi-sport unit that displays the game clock, home and away scores, time outs left, quarter and football-related information. There is a sound system that is operated from the top of the Stadium where there is a 10-seat granite-topped work area with several electrical outlets and jacks for the microphone and music; all protected by an awning. The Stadium speakers are located on top of the scoreboard. There are several handicap parking spaces adjacent to the entrance to the Stadium in addition to more than 200 spaces spread between two parking lots for the outdoor athletics complex. More parking is available on the GA campus by crossing the Wissahickon Creek by car and returning by foot on the brick pathway. Germantown Academy has hosted many lacrosse and soccer tournaments and was the home to the first coed Inter-Academic Athletic League Track and Field Championships in 2012.
- 200 x 380’ artificial turf field
- Regulation track surface with 6 lanes, regulation size field events and easy on-and-off sideline access
- Field is lined for football, soccer and lacrosse
- Bleacher seating for 850 spectators
- Handicapped accessible
- Concession stand
- Restroom facilities
- Two team gathering rooms (prior approval required)
- Training room with sink, ice machine and treatment bed
- Electronic scoreboard with multi-sport capability
- Sound system
- 10 seat granite-topped work area with several electrical outlets and jacks for the microphone and music
- Parking for 200+ cars, with another 450+ parking spaces within walking distance
League championship seasons are bolded.
1960 - Philip L. Bernstein & Richard Bockol
1961 - Eric Wimmers
1962 - A. Groh Schneider Jr. & William J. Young III
1963 - Robert Waterhouse
1964 - Justin C. Vining
1965 - George A. Christiansen
1966 - Richard Clark & David Pedrick
1967 - Frederick Straub
1968 - Robert Soley
1969 - William E. Straub & Thomas Kehan
1970 - Davi M. Lawson & Rolf G. Piranian
1971 - Jeffrey C. Wood
1972 - Paul B. Luff
1973 - James S. Schumacher & Clement Stone Jr.
1974 - Mark C. Luff
1975 - Charles L. Sheppard II
1976 - Brian G. Peirce
1977 - David B. Eddy & Kevin P. Carney
1978 - R. Bennett Muskin
1979 - Sean X. O'Reilly & James C. McCracken
1980 - Christopher J. Whiteside & Michael J. Epstein
1981 - Larry M. Goldberg & Michael S. Paul
1982 - William E. Monteith III & Jeffrey C. Kline
1983 - Bradley J. Hackendahl & John J. Reydel Jr.
1984 - Michael B. Schaffer & Christian P. Schlesinger
1985 - Christopher F. Brown & Daniel A. Cravitz
1986 - J. Alexander Henry, William D. Newbold & Michael C. Roman
1987 - Jeffrey H. Steinberg
1988 - Samuel Jackson & Matthew Oelkers
1989 - Ted Durkin & Scott Newbold
1990 - Patrick Gray & Carlos Romeu
1991 - Patrick Gray & D.J. Ferraro
1992 - Christopher Deming & Christian Wichterman
1993 - Andrew Greenberg & Kurt Mueller
1994 - Timothy Scales & Anthony Zingarelli
1995 - Joshua Viel & Casey Nicholas
1996 - Brendan Ginty & Kevin O'Neil
1997 - Jon Dickstein & Chris Roberts
1998 - Raime Bateman & Jon Reusch
1999 - Steven Brown & Ben Haaz
2000 - Andrew Miller & Jonathan Goldberg
2001 - Matthew Smith & Philippe David
2002 - Jeffrey Curtin & Peter Rymar
2003 - Alex Hamill, Joseph Verdi, Alexander Haynie & Colin Jones
2004 - Adam Lee, David Simolike, Alexander Haynie & Colin Jones
2005 - Adam Lee & David Simolike
2006 - Kevin Ruppel & Matthew Thomas
2007 - Nicholas Sih, Laurence Silvi & Alexander Verdi
2008 - Gregory Auerbach, Cole Ballay & Stephen Boland
2009 - Voltaire Escalona & Colin Skelly
2010 - Voltaire Escalona, Colin Skelly, Ben Wysocki, Michael Markovitz, Cameron Vit & Nicholas Zaharchuk
2011 - Michael Fitzgerald & Daniel Hoy
2012 - Adam Villari, Jared Whitman & Phillip Zielke
2013 - Maxwell Detweiler, Joshua Komitsky & Scott Solakian
2014 - James Diver, James Rueter & Matthew Rueter
2015 - Samuel Robinson, Eric Greenwood, Nikolas Roman & Steven Combs
2016 - Frankie Koons, Michael Roman, & Jackson Sternberg
2017 - Oliver Buck, Michael Capone, Ian Lugossy, Will Noe, & Michael Roman
2018 - Drew Budinsky & Grant Giampalmi
2019 - Brendan Hasson & Ryan Fairlie
The Inter-Academic League released its All-League teams for the 2023 fall season. Germantown Academy was well-represented on the lists, with 22 student-athletes being recognizeD, one of whom was named the Most Valuable Player for their respective sport.
Germantown Academy improved to 3-3 in Inter-Ac League play as the Patriots edged out Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 1-0, Friday afternoon in double overtime.
For the second time in as many games, Germantown Academy’s boys soccer team proved to be too much for the competition. After dominating Lawrenceville School on Sept. 21, 5-0, the Patriots tallied three goals from three different goal scorers in the first half to best Perkiomen School, 3-1, on Sept. 28.
Germantown Academy had three student-athletes recognized by PhillyBurbs.com as Top Performers after their standout days on the field.
Led by two first half goals from Adrian Diem '25 and Ben Creighton '26, Germantown Academy's boys soccer team pulled out a result against Scholar Athlete Leadership Academy in a shortened outing.