MHS soccer standout Jake Craven signs with Notre Dame
Jake Craven, like Tiger teammate Sean Fournier, will be donning the colors of royal blue and yellow gold on the pitch in the fall.
The only Marietta Tiger booter in the history of the program to earn All-Region honors signed a National Letter of Intent in the Sutton Gymnasium lobby Tuesday afternoon to continue his education and play soccer at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio, after graduating from MHS in the spring.
“Obviously, it’s going to be nice to be playing with Sean,” said the 18-year-old Craven, “because I’ve played with him a long time since I was 7-years-old.
“I was recruited by Notre Dame, and I really like the school. It’s a nice campus and close to my sister (Courtney Craven), who’s going to Kent State, about 40 minutes away.”
NDC is an NCAA Division II school and a member of the Mountain East Conference (MEC). The Falcon booters, 12-4-3 this past season, are coached by Carl Nolan.
At Notre Dame, Craven is planning to major in nursing He owns a 3.2 GPA in the classroom at Marietta High. His favorite subject is math.
“I’m going to go into nursing program, and Notre Dame has a really great program up there,” Jake Craven said.
At Marietta High, Craven owns an impressive boys soccer resume.
Along with being an All-Region honoree, he was a four-year starter in 70 matches. Last fall, he closed out his senior campaign as the school’s record holder in single-season and career assists with 22 and 54, respectively. He first set the single-season standard as a sophomore with 18.
Also a threat to score, Craven closed out his prep career with 44 career goals, 16 last fall.
This past November, Craven became the second Tiger booter in the history of the program to be honored by the OSSAC (Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association) as an All-Ohio Division II first-team selection. Before that, he was the Southeast District Player of the Year, and both a first team All-District and All-East Central Ohio League (ECOL) honoree.
“Jake has no doubt left his mark on our program,” said MHS head coach Todd Morris. “I could talk all day about what Jake did at the high school level. He was a three-year captain for us. He’s always been a team-first guy, and I’m going to miss him. That’s for sure.”
Last season, Craven was instrumental in helping Marietta (19-1-1 overall, 5-0-1 ECOL) post a school record 19 victories that included a program-first unbeaten regular season (15-0-1). Along the way, the Tigers claimed ECOL, sectional, and district championships.
The district title was Marietta’s first in nine years.
MHS bowed out to eventual state winner Tippecanoe, 5-1, in a regional semi at Chillicothe High. At the time, Craven was in a Columbus hospital, being prepped for heart surgery. He also missed the district final in Logan due to his condition.
All’s well that ends well, though, as Craven is currently fine.
“Physically, I’m fantastic,” he said.
Craven is the son of Jason and Tiffanie Craven.
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