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Protecting the Net

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Jamie Germano
Photo via SJF Athletics (Photo taken by Jamie Germano)

In the world of soccer at St. John Fisher University, one name stands out – Jadon Schlierf. As he prepares to graduate this year, Schlierf reflects on his four-year journey as the cornerstone goalkeeper for the Cardinals. His impact on the field, marked by accolades and championships, tells the story of a player whose passion for the game was ignited at a young age. 

Schlierf’s soccer journey began in his early years, starting with house league matches before progressing to travel soccer. Growing up in Spencerport, New York he found himself surrounded by friends who shared the same enthusiasm for the sport, fostering a love for soccer that would shape his life. As he transitioned to high school, he proudly represented Spencerport on the school team, laying the foundation for what would become an illustrious collegiate career.

For Schlierf, the allure of soccer extended beyond the grassroots level. Watching professional leagues on television exposed him to the world’s top goalkeepers, “I would say just watching soccer a lot on TV, pretty much sparked my interest to keep playing,” Schlierf said. This passion and admiration for the sport’s elite became the catalyst for his continuous dedication to improving his skills.

Upon entering St. John Fisher, Schlierf seamlessly transitioned into collegiate soccer. All four years of his college experience were marked by unwavering commitment to the team, earning him recognition as an essential player and leader. His time with the Cardinals saw him compete at a high level, representing the school with pride and distinction.

As he approaches graduation, Schlierf acknowledges that his collegiate soccer career will soon come to an end. However, his love for the game persists, and he plans to stay involved by participating in men’s leagues and indoor competitions. While bidding farewell to the intensity of collegiate soccer, he looks forward to the camaraderie and joy that comes with playing the sport he holds dear.

Schlierf cherishes the bonds formed with his teammates as the highlight of his Fisher soccer experience. “I will definitely miss being with the team all the time…that’s probably the best part about playing soccer at Fisher,” Schlierf said. The thrill of competition, especially alongside friends, is a sentiment he will carry with him as he embarks on the next chapter of his life.

Throughout his tenure, Schlierf’s outstanding performances earned him prestigious accolades, including making an All-Conference team every year he has been at St. John Fisher, and being crowned Empire 8 (E8) Goalie of the Year in 2021. While these individual honors are appreciated, he remains humble, emphasizing that success is a collective effort. The real triumph lies in what the team achieved together during each season.

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One of the crowning moments of Schlierf’s college career was winning the E8 Championship during the 2020-2021 season. As a freshman, he played a pivotal role in a young starting lineup, clinching the conference title. To Schlierf, this achievement not only marked a personal milestone but also set the stage for future success. “I think it definitely set the foundation for years to come,” Schlierf stated.  

The Cardinals were able to reach the Empire 8 championship once again this season, but ultimately fell short as they were defeated in penalties by Elmira College. Schlierf allowed only two goals prior to the shootout on 14 shots. 

During the 2023 season, Fisher allowed just 18 goals, which is the second smallest amount in the entire conference. Fisher also recorded the most shutouts in the conference, with nine over the course of the season. Schlierf’s .804 save percentage and seven shutouts were major contributors to this great defensive season. 

The seven shutouts were the most Schlierf has recorded in a season at Fisher and he also recorded his lowest goals-against average, .79, since his very impressive rookie season in 2020. Senior goalie, Mike Nesser attributed Schlierf’s constant success and great numbers to his work ethic. “Jadon is in the weight room and on the field before us, he makes the rest of us goalies want to be better,” Nesser said when asked what separates Schlierf from the rest. 

Schlierf’s efforts this season earned him a spot on the Empire 8 All-Conference third team. He was joined by 5 other Fisher teammates scattered across the All-Conference teams. 

Schlierf’s journey from a young enthusiast to a seasoned goalkeeper at St. John Fisher exemplifies the transformative power of passion and dedication in the world of collegiate athletics. Jadon will be forever known as a goalkeeper par excellence, a team player, and a leader who played a vital role in etching memorable chapters in the history of Fisher soccer. 

 

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