SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood High School senior Andrew Bishara was a part of two Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division championships with the boys varsity soccer team. Bishara won the title along with his teammates as a freshman and again this fall as a senior.
Four years ago, the Spotswood native shared the goaltending duties when the team broke a decade long title drought to claim the championship. His senior year, Bishara was the starting goalkeeper for every Chargers game, recording seven shutouts. Two of those shutouts helped the Chargers clinch the GMC Blue Division title Spotswood shared with South Plainfiend High School.
"Andrew is such a leader in the back," Spotswood High School head boys soccer coach Jeff Marvinny said. "He helps organize our defense. Knowing we have him back there gives us a little room for error since we know he can clean up any mess. It allows the rest of our defense to play the way we want them to with confidence. He has made some big saves for us."
Bishara was named to the Greater Middlesex All-Blue Division team for his play on the field junior and senior year. He was also recognized by the Soccer Coaches Association of New Jersey the last two years. The teen was one of the appointed captains for the varsity soccer team his junior and senior seasons. After the team clinched the Blue Division title this fall, Marvinny told reporters Bishara was "one of the best goalies in the GMC for the past three years."
Bishara has been playing soccer since he was in kindergarten. Many of his lifelong friendships were forged on the soccer field. The 2019 Blue Division title was especially noteworthy because Bishara shared it with longtime friends and teammates Chris Moran, Yanni Hatzistefanis, Steven Karczewski, Jon Wasserman and Brian Lumsden.
In addition to being a part of the Chargers soccer program for four years, Bishara was a member of the varsity basketball team as well. He served as one of the basketball team's captains this winter. He was nominated as Homecoming Princes his junior year.
Bishara's favorite class at the high school was AP Computer Science. While he never had a mathematics class with Marvinny, the head soccer coach will always hold a special place in his heart. Bishara enjoyed his classes with Spotswood High School Technology teacher Gary Hull and SHS Mathematic teacher Thomas Pareti.
His time on the soccer field holds many momentous memories for Bishara including the two Blue Division titles. He will never forget the team's trip to the quarterfinal round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group Two Tournament. While the game was a tough loss for the Chargers, Bishara stopped a penalty kick for a total of 13 saves against Delaware Valley High School. He will also always remember the trip to Red Bulls Stadium with Hatzistefanis. The pair ended up being stuck in the parking lot for hours waiting for a tow truck after Bishara's car broke down.
Outside of school and soccer, Bishara loves spending time with his family. He enjoys hanging out with his sisters and his large extended family. Teaching his cousins to play the sports his loves is a favorite pastime.
Senior year is not ending the way Bishara and the Class of 2020 had anticipated because of the coronavirus pandemic. He misses the friends he's made during his 13 years of school int the district. Bishara tries to stay connected with his friends through PlayStation, Zoom and social distancing. COVID-19 may also delay a special graduation trip to Greece Bishara had planned with friends. Even if he doesn't get to go this summer, Bishara is certain he and his buddies will get to go on their trip at some point.
Bishara is still finalizing his post graduation plans. He will either attend the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark or The College of New Jersey in Ewing. Bishara plans on majoring in Computer Science.