Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Goooaaall!

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Goooaaall!

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SUB HEAD: North Port High's Gaspar Margaryan is on pace to break the school's goal-scoring record but his main goal is to lead the Bobcats to their first district championship

NORTH PORT -- Gaspar Margaryan is on the brink of setting the North Port High single season goal-scoring record while leading the Bobcats (12-3-1, 10-1 in Class 4A-District 11) to the school's first district boys soccer championship. He has been the team's sparkplug, scoring 23 goals in 16 games, one shy of the North Port single- season scoring record of 24 held by Adam Frietas.

Setting the record has been on his mind for two years -- Margaryan already holds the program's career record with 52, after scoring 17 goals last year and 12 as sophomore.

"I want to leave something behind, leave my name at the school and set the standard for the next generation," Margaryan said.

"I commend him for it. This is what you play the game for," said North Port coach Gerard Gregoire. "You want to be remembered.

"He's making good runs and the guys are finding him."

However, there's a greater goal on Margaryan's bucket list.

"I'm more about the team accomplishing something," he said. "There's nothing more important than winning a district championship and continuing on toward a state championship. I don't care if I don't score another goal as long as we keep winning."

Lakewood Ranch, which eliminated North Port in the region semifinals last year, will likely be the Bobcats' biggest hurdle in the postseason.

Last year, Margaryan led North Port to a runner-up finish in 4A- District 11.

"I've gotten faster, smarter," Margaryan said. "My attitude has changed, as opposed to last year when I'd get mad really quick and just get frustrated. I try to keep a clear head and keep everybody uplifted and moving forward."

Gregoire said Margaryan's value goes beyond his goal-scoring.

"It's his intensity on the field in every game," Gregoire said. "When the whistle blows, he's driven to score goals. That hunger is his greatest attribute. …

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