Smithfield: Sports

Williams-Piota to play soccer at Mount Olive

Joseph Williams-Piota (seated at right) signs with the University of Mount Olive soccer program with (seated at left) Smithfield-Selma soccer coach Kristen Stewart, (standing, from left) SSS athletics director Chase Crocker and assistant principal Elisha Hope.
Joseph Williams-Piota (seated at right) signs with the University of Mount Olive soccer program with (seated at left) Smithfield-Selma soccer coach Kristen Stewart, (standing, from left) SSS athletics director Chase Crocker and assistant principal Elisha Hope. cbest@nesobserver.com

Parents: Feliciano Williams and Gloria Piota-Williams

High School: Smithfield-Selma

Club Team: CASL Premier U18

Height, Weight: 5-foot-7, 150 pounds

Position: Center Attacking Midfielder

Also Considered: UNC Pembroke, Brevard, Lees McRae, Pfeiffer

Why Mount Olive? “I looked at a lot of schools and I just liked what I saw. They saw me play and were interested. When I visited I loved what I saw on the tour, from the faculty and students. … Plus it’s 10 minutes away from my mom.”

Major: Business Management

Notable: Joseph knows UMC assistant soccer coach Jordan Germano from the club scene and really clicked with him and the program after learning more about the Trojans’ soccer program. … Joseph scored 10 goals and registered 11 assists for Smithfield-Selma this past fall in 18 matches, helping the Spartans win the Two Rivers 3A Conference championship. “Being a part of bringing a conference championship to our school is something I’ll never forget,” he said. … He wants to improve his stamina as he prepares to play at the college level.

Compiled by D. Clay Best

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