A Cane Bay High School soccer standout will make the leap to the college pitch after graduation next month.
Ryder Wishart, a midfielder and forward for the Cobras, signed a deal with Newberry College and was recognized in a ceremony earlier this month.
He capped an impressive prep career by helping to power the Cobras into the second round of the playoffs.
The senior scored 15 goals and dished out 11 assists this spring and finished with 43 goals and 37 assists. He led the Cobras in goals scored three times and made the all-region team all four varsity seasons.
Wishart was the kicker during football season to boot.
“He has a strong leg and he’s very athletic,” Cane Bay coach Greg Sharp said. “He’s strong on the ball. He has a very good work ethic. He wants to be the guy everybody relies on.”
Wishart could have found the back of the net plenty more times, Sharp said.
“A lot of those guys you see scoring 40 and 50 goals a season are running their goal counts up against weaker teams,” Sharp said. “He’s over there with a couple of other guys, making sure our kids who don’t get the opportunity to score much get on the scoresheet, creating opportunities instead of running those scores up.”
Wishart’s versatility was a huge asset over the years. He played at every level at some point for the Cobras and even got some time in goal in a playoff victory over Fort Dorchester.
Sharp believes Wishart can be an integral part of the Wolves’ soccer program early in his career.
“College soccer is a fall sport so it might take him half a season or so but I think he can make an immediate impact if he gets in there and works hard,” Sharp said. “He can play any position they need him to. Anywhere he gets an opportunity, he could potentially help out.”
Wishart is the third former Cobras standout to play in college and another is playing overseas.
“This shows the kids have been working really, really hard to elevate the level of the program,” said Sharp, who just finished his fifth season. “When they start winning more often, it gets the attention of college coaches and allows them the opportunity to go play at the next level.”