Valley soccer player is drafted

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PHOENIX -- Tony Cascio was selected this week 14th overall by the Colorado Rapids.

Cascio is no stranger to success. As a sophomore at Hamilton High School, he set the school record for assists. Named first team all-region during his junior and senior seasons, Cascio scored the most goals on his team during his final two years there.

He also won a state title as a kicker on the football team.

A Huskie at heart, he left Hamilton High School for UConn. Here is how UConn describes his junior season:

NSCAA/Performance Subaru Division I First Team All-American... Soccer America MVP Second Team...College Soccer News First Team All-American... NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team...BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year... an All-BIG EAST First Team selection...MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist... named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week twice on Sept. 27 and Oct. 11... earned a spot on the league's weekly honor roll on Sept. 20...was named to the and College Soccer News Teams of the Week on Sept. 27... was named the College Soccer News National Player of the Week on Sept. 27...played and started in 19 of UConn's 20 games...led the league with 10 goals...had six assists along with the 10 goals for a team-best 26 points... recorded a team-high 55 shots, including 25 on goal for a .455 shots-on-goal percentage... scored four game-winning goals... tallied a hat trick and recorded a career-best six points in UConn's 4-0 win over South Florida on Sept. 24 live on ESPNU... scored two goals in UConn's 4-0 win over Seton Hall on Oct. 9... registered one goal and one assist in UConn's 4-0 win at South Carolina on Sept. 19.