Athlete Spotlight: Sebastian Staddon

Athlete Spotlight: Sebastian Staddon

Benjamin Sindell ’22

Sebastian Staddon ’21 at the Front Fields for practice.

Sebastian Staddon ’21 is a student athlete at Western Reserve Academy; he plays varsity soccer during the fall and runs track during the spring. Staddon’s main interest is soccer, and he dedicates all his free time to improving his game. Staddon is the goalkeeper for the WRA’s varsity soccer team, striving and diving to keep his team sheets clean.

Staddon was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and has started soccer at five years old as a striker. His favorite team is Manchester United, and he often takes notes from the one and only David De Gea (Manchester United’s goalkeeper). At WRA, he’s made many unforgettable memories with teammates such as John Robillard ’20 (center back) who played during WRA’s 2019 season. Staddon now relies on other players on the pitch such as Liam Brookes ’21 who Staddon puts the most trust in as his center back. One of his most cherished memories is when he played against University School from Shaker Heights, Ohio last year. Staddon also recounts a game where he saved not one, but two penalties back in South Africa; to this day, he considers that one of his greatest feats as a goalkeeper.

At eighteen years of age and being a senior, he is thinking of where he will continue his soccer career. A dream of Staddon’s is to one day be able to play college soccer at the Division I level at Penn State. Watching Staddon play in goal and make incredible saves makes it clear that he truly has a talent. Sharing a field during a varsity soccer game against Central Christian with him was an experience that helped the team realize how essential he is to the WRA soccer team. He was able to direct and orchestrate his defense accordingly to any attack that came their way. His great work in goal and incredible save that came during the second half allowed the boys soccer team to come out with a 5-0 win. His efforts could not be congratulated, though, without mentioning his teammates Orion Mills ’21, CJ Randazzo ’22, Cam Krueger ’23 and Ben Baker ’24 for their contributions to the win that brought the team closer to the number one spot in their league.

Staddon’s great love for soccer, and specifically WRA soccer program, has resonated with the team and truly raised the team chemistry as a whole. We wish Staddon luck in all his future endeavors both on and off the field, and we hope that the ball never finds the back of Staddon’s net.

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