|Pignatiello Signs With WSU|
|Written by Gary Gregory|
|Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:00|
Tippecanoe senior Ryan Pignatiello is headed to Wright State University to play soccer.
The Division II All Ohio goalie made it official last week when he signed his letter of intent for WSU. The ceremony took place in Room 109 at Tippecanoe High School.
Joining him for the official signing were his father Dr. Mike Pignatiello and his brother Kyle, a 2011 Tippecanoe graduate and kicker for the University of Dayton football team.
Red Devil coach Scott Downing described Ryan as a goalie with a "huge impact" for the success of the team over his three years as the starting goalie. "He is a very dedicated player," Downing said.
Moreover, Downing said that Ryan set a school goalie record for the 14-5-1 Red Devil team in 2012. He gave up five goals, the fewest by any starting high school goalie in the state.
"He set a goal against the average of 0.27," he said.
WSU soccer coach Brian Davis has said the Tippecanoe standout goalie has a chance to start at the college level, according to Pignatiello.
"I'm determined to make the starting lineup," he said. "I want to play all four years at WSU."
He plans to major in criminal justice, focusing on the Department of Homeland Security and the U. S. Marshal's Service.