A career of record breaking for Cincinnatus soccer star Cason Stafford ended with him signing to start the next chapter of his career at Colgate University.
Stafford signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday in the Cincinnatus Central School library. That effectively ended the recruiting process for him and seals his commitment to be a Raider.
“It feels unreal to be done with my career here because it’s been so long,” Stafford said. “I’m excited for new beginnings and hope I can do great at Colgate.”
The five-year varsity player chose Colgate over the U.S. Naval Academy, Syracuse University and the University of New Hampshire.
“Colgate just felt like the right fit for me, so that’s who I chose,” Stafford said.
He started his career as a center back and kept moving forward on the field. Stafford said Colgate coach Erik Ronning likes him as a forward, which means he could “become more offensive.”
Stafford’s commitment comes on the heels of a 44-goal, 40-assist season for the Lions. Both of those numbers topped Section III and were school records. He also holds the career records for goals, assists and points at Cincinnatus. This type of season and career never crossed Stafford’s mind while it was actually happening.
“I couldn’t even imagine it and there’s no way I could’ve done it without my teammates,” he said. “(Teammate) Scott Schuyler was an amazing help to me. It’s unbelievable that I broke so many of these records. It’s crazy.”
Cincinnatus, the No. 1 seed in the Section III Class D tournament, made the sectional finals, but lost to No. 2 Belleville-Henderson. Stafford was a part of a 2018 Section III Class D championship team.
After the long and illustrious soccer career, Stafford recognizes that he had the support of the Cincinnatus community the entire way.
“Thank you everyone so much for supporting me and the team and helping me get to where I am now,” Stafford said.
“You’ve been amazing.”