Caponecchia looking to play the best level he can by getting into college system
ON THE RISE: Myrtleford teenager Fletcher Caponecchia is making his mark on the field with Murray United. PHOTO: Tate Spiteri
RISING soccer player Fletcher Caponecchia has his eyes set on the United States as his fledgling career begins to take off.
Caponecchia will travel to the US next year as part of a college soccer program with the only question being which college he will end up at.
The Murray United midfielder is putting no ceiling on his potential as his goal remains to play at the highest level he possibly can.
“It’s not an easy option or anything like that,” he said
“The standard in a lot of the colleges over there would be better than the Murray United stuff here and I’ll also be working through a degree.”
The Myrtleford P12 College student said most standard college courses run four years, but he is well aware strong form could open up higher avenues at an earlier date.
“You never know what’s going to happen, going over there is just an idea that I sort of got after seeing (former Savoy player) Sam Morgan do it,” Caponecchia said.
The 17-year-old has impressed onlookers since forcing his way into the Murray United senior team for the club’s third round NPL2 clash with Dandenong City on March 3.
Dandenong City sits on top of the NPL2 table and are heavily fancied to be promoted to the National Premier League’s top flight.
“I was thrown into the deep end a bit there, but I really enjoyed it and it’s been a great challenge all the way through,” he said.
Caponecchia has not missed a game since his debut with his grunt work as a defensive midfielder standing up to the level.
The youngster was subbed off late in each of his first four games but has played the full 90 minutes in his last two appearances as he continues to build his fitness base.
The 17 year-old can often be seen doing some extra running at his former home ground – Myrtleford’s Savoy Park - where he won three junior premierships.
“It’s not really hard work for me, I just really enjoy kicking a ball around,” he laughed.
Caponecchia, who progressed through has Mur- ray United’s junior ranks, said he has learnt a lot from men’s captain Ashley Dunn and long-time Border football star Zac Walker but it is another teammate he gels best with.
Older brother Connor has also forced his way into the Murray United senior side with both boys starting on the weekend against Box Hill.
“I haven’t achieved anything much yet but I’ll keep going and see where that gets me,” Fletcher said.