Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Riverview Senior Gets College Interest

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Riverview Senior Gets College Interest

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Riverview senior midfielder Cole Quinio is the guy you'll see with the ball rocketing off his right foot as he "bicycle kicks" as though he were part of a FIFA video game.

"He has moves he basically invented," said Riverview coach Mickey Namey.

Now, Quinio's skills are getting him calls from schools such as Marshall University, a Division I program in West Virginia, and smaller local schools such as La Roche College.

Three years ago, Quinio was a freshman reserve, spending most of his time watching matches from Riverview's bench.

"We used to laugh because he was slow and kind of chubby," said Namey. "But he shot up about a foot."

Quinio's growth was a bonus, but his path toward playing college soccer is something he forged on his own. An Oakmont resident, Quinio was inspired by his cousin and former Riverview midfielder Chris Altman.

Altman even held the Raiders' scoring record in the early 2000s. With soccer being the family's driveway game, Quinio was able to progress through youth soccer leagues. He played "Cup" soccer by the time he was in the sixth grade.

Last fall, Quinio recorded eight goals and 30 assists, a personal highlight as well as a career one.

"Everyone tries to be the goal scorer, but I try to conduct the field," said Quinio.

His pride has always been playmaking, particularly with fellow midfielder Zach Lear.

"We connected a lot last year," Quinio said.

Namey backed up Quinio's "conductor" role.

"Everything we do feeds through Cole -- he's our conductor," Namey said. "He controls the flow of our game. I put that on him to decide."

It's a big responsibility, but Quinio's leadership is something that the entire team embraces.

"They know that he worked from being on the bench to being a sophomore just getting some playing time," Namey said. "Cole wasn't babied as a freshman or sophomore. He's put the time in. …

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