This past fall soccer season was one to remember as junior Ben Frenett scored 25 goals and recorded 10 assists on his way to being named Finger Lakes West Player of the Year. Frenett, a 4-year varsity soccer player and 3.0 GPA student, has made Section V’s Class D Semi-Finals game twice and last year was part of HAC’s varsity boys soccer team that finished as runner-ups after losing in the finals to Jasper-Troupsberg. Frenett has scored 39 career-goals and hopes that next year the Wolves will be able to be crowned Section V Champions for the 1st time since 2005.
Rochester, N.Y. – Ben Frenett has played varsity soccer for the HAC Wolves since he was in 8th grade. He has seen the ups and downs of the soccer program from not qualifying for the sectional tournament when he was a freshmen to making it all the way to the sectional finals the year after when he was a sophomore. He has led the varsity team in scoring since 8th grade and before that could be found on the sidelines of games working as a ballboy (see below).
It was a banner year for Frenett as he finished 4th in all of Section V in total points with 63 (25 goals and 10 assists). His 25 goals this past season were more than the boys varsity team scored altogether during his freshmen campaign. He was named Finger Lakes Division II Player of the Week for August 30th – September 6th after scoring 5 goals to go along with 2 assists as the Wolves opened up this season 2-0.
Learn more about Ben Frenett below.
Favorite Aspect of Playing HAC Soccer:
Getting to play with my friends who I go to school with is fun and something you don’t get with playing club soccer. I also enjoy playing in front of my classmates and teachers.
Coach Hunt and Richardson’s Influence on Frenett:
I remember after my freshmen year (finished 3-12-1 and did not qualify for sectionals) when Coach Hunt spoke to us about how we needed to get back on track and to make sectionals. It motivated myself and the team to work hard and to have that goal throughout the offseason in our head to focus on.
First Memory of Playing Soccer:
I remember playing for the “orange team” with my brother Alex (Class of 2014, Allendale Columbia School) when I was 6 or 7 years old. I remember we used to play soccer when we were little just for the popsicles you’d get at the end of games or practices.
Chicken wings, steak, ice cream and lobster.
Bob Marley has to be my favorite, but I enjoy all types of music.
The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
Semi-Pro and Frozen.
Favorite Class and Teacher:
My favorite class is history with Mr. Hunt (also varsity boys soccer coach). His class is engaging and interesting.
Favorite Soccer Memory:
It is hard to say because there are a lot of great memories. My 2nd goal against Genesee Valley in the 1st round of sectionals this past year will definitely be one of my favorite memories. Also, this past season’s homecoming game was an awesome experience. This whole year in general, winning the (Finger Lakes West) league championship and also scoring a few goals. Another memory that comes to mind is our semi-finals win against Arkport in sectionals last year.
What is one piece of advice you’d give yourself as a 7th or 8th grader?
I would say to just put in 100% into every practice and opportunity because it goes by fast. When I was in 8th grade, my junior year seemed like forever aways. Looking back, I didn’t realize how fast it would go by. The past 4 years flew by and I can’t believe I only have 1 season left!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Playing soccer still! I want to play for a while. I don’t know exactly what I want to do for a job but I am interested in sports, politics and a few others things.
Other Sports that you Play:
I bowl and run track and field in the spring. I also play soccer for the Greece Cobras and play soccer year-round.
Idol or Person you look up to: Andrew Luck is my role model and favorite athlete.