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MAHS grad Bloes in Shippensburg Hall of Fame

Posted 11/29/17

Geoff Bloes, a Middletown Area High School graduate, was inducted into the Shippensburg University Athletics Hall of Fame in an on-campus ceremony Friday, Oct. 20.

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MAHS grad Bloes in Shippensburg Hall of Fame

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Geoff Bloes, a Middletown Area High School graduate, was inducted into the Shippensburg University Athletics Hall of Fame in an on-campus ceremony Friday, Oct. 20.

Bloes helped Middletown Area High School win a state championship in 2001. He is the all-time leading scorer in Shippensburg University men’s soccer history. After 77 career games, Bloes finished his tenure having set new school records for career goals (51) and career points (130).

He also finished second in school history with 28 career assists and totaled 10 game-winning goals.

“I would like to thank the university, my coach (Guy Furfaro), who couldn’t make it today, for giving me the opportunity to come here and play for four more years of something I loved, as well as get an education out of it as well, that I’m still using today,” he said during the induction ceremony.

 

 

Bloes is the only player in school history named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Year, a feat he accomplished twice (as a junior in 2006 and as a senior in 2007). He was a four-time All-PSAC player, earning Rookie of the Year honors as a Second team selection in 2003 and First Team honors as a sophomore in 2004.

Bloes is one of two players in school history selected three times as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region player. As a senior in 2007, he became just the second All-American in school history, earning a spot on the Daktronics All-America First Team after being named the Northeast Region Player of the Year.

In his final season, Bloes finished with 13 goals and nine assists for a total of 35 points, tying his career-high for points in a season that he set the year before as a junior. The mark is one short of the school record for points in a season. It was the second consecutive year that he led the PSAC in points. Bloes also recorded his first career hat trick and totaled a career-high six points in a 3-2 double overtime victory over Bloomsburg. He was twice named the PSAC Player of the Week and scored in nine of the team’s 20 matches.

His junior season featured 35 points on 14 goals and seven assists. His freshman season with PSAC Rookie of the Year honors featured 12 goals and five assists. In 2005, Bloes was injured in the second game of the season, which resulted in a medical redshirt. SU’s best year with Bloes was his sophomore season (2004), as the Raiders finished 9-9 and achieved a No. 24 national ranking.

At halftime of Bloes’s final home game, Furfaro presented him with a framed authentic home jersey that had been autographed by the entire 2007 team to commemorate his long-lasting contributions to the men’s soccer program.

After his graduation, Bloes played four years professionally with the Harrisburg City Islanders of the United Soccer League – just one step down from Major League Soccer.

“It’s fun just being able to play after college and getting paid for something I love,” Bloes told the Press & Journal in a 2010 story.

A supply chain management major, Geoff was employed in logistics and operations supervision in the Lancaster area and now is the inbound manager at Henry Schein Animal Health.

Bloes is married to his wife Shayla. The couple are the proud parents of a 2-year-old boy, Duke, and also a new baby girl, Quinn, born on Oct. 3.

Bloes is one of seven members of the 2017 SU Athletics Hall of Fame Class along with Clyde Dressler (1965, wrestling), Jaime-Lyn Dacey (2006, softball), Chuck Davis (2007, men’s basketball), Barry Kerr (1985, baseball), Lindsey Knupp (2005, field hockey) and honorary selection Bertie Landes (field hockey and lacrosse coach).

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