Liotta signs to play for RiverHawks

By Grant Guggisberg

While two of his teammates made their college choices official in February, Manhattan High boys’ soccer player Matt Liotta was still mulling his options to play at the next level.

The senior made his decision official, however, opting to sign a letter of intent with Northeastern (Okla.) State.

Liotta said the facilities helped put the Tahlequah, Okla., campus over the top.

“When I went down there, the guys were all really close knit and the facilities were all really nice,” he said. “I’ll have 24-hour access to an indoor facility, and weight training and a strength and conditioning coach. I like the town, it has a good feel and is a good fit for me.”

Liotta, who began playing soccer at age 4, co-captained the Indians this year to their best finish in school history, ending as state runner-up and making the four-team state tournament for the first time in program history.

“I’ll never forget this season - it was incredible,” he said. “I made history with some of my best friends at the school.”

Liotta said he was also considering Colorado State-Pueblo, as well as Fort Hays State and Missouri State.

Liotta was an honorable mention for the Class 6A all-state soccer team in the fall, while also making the all-Centennial League second team.

Manhattan head coach Frank Alonso said Northeastern State is getting its money’s worth.

“If there ever was a more humble, hard-working guy who deserves to be recognized and play at the next level, it’s Matt,” Alonso said. “He was the heart and soul of the team. As he went, we went, and we developed his personality. As good a player as he is, he allowed our dangerous players to flourish. That’s why he was the co-MVP on the team.”

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