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October 22, 2013

Skarbelis honored to set Knights goal record

Entering high school, Mike Skarbelis didn’t think he’d become a prolific goal scorer.

“Because I used to play defense, especially for my club team,” he said. “And then I transitioned to striker. So I wasn’t expecting to score even remotely close to what I did. I was just hoping to get at least a few in.”

Fifty-eight isn’t a few.

With the 58th goal of his varsity career Thursday, Skarbelis passed Jon Wentworth (Class of 2004) for the most career goals in North Andover boys program history.

“There’s been a lot of great players so it means a lot,” Skarbelis said. “It’s nice that I’m on top with all of them and that I can compete with some of the best players that went through the high school.”

Skarbelis has 29 goals this season alone. He and the Scarlet Knights still have three regular games remaining, including a 7:30 p.m. contest at Central Catholic today.

Skarbelis has been motivated throughout his soccer career by brother Chris Skarbelis who he said was the leading goal scorer at Leonardtown High School in Maryland.

The Skarbelis family moved from Maryland to North Andover when Mike was in seventh grade.

“My whole high school career, I wouldn’t change it for anything,” Skarbelis said. “Playing for Bill Tarbox (originally), he’s a great man. He helped me become a better player. ... And then Mr. (Kyle) Wood coming in (this year) as a new coach and not really knowing some of us. I played JV my freshman year so I never had him because he was a freshman coach before. I didn’t really know him much. The fact he was able to come in and do great work, and get to know everyone and do what he’s done (is tremendous).”

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