Torch Sports Ministry announced Friday the signing of forward Philip Shafer to an NPSL contract with BuxMont Torch FC. Shafer becomes the first player of 2017 season to sign with the club.
“I was really moved by your team’s prayer and message after the game between Torch FC and Hershey FC” said Philip Shafer. “And being a born-again believer myself I knew from that moment I wanted to be a part of your organization in the future.”
Shafer who is a native of Orlando, Florida played club with FC America and Florida Rush (Orlando City Academy). Shafer finished his High School career at Bishop Moore Catholic as a captain with with 34 goals and 31 assists. Shafer was a four year varsity letterwinner and was All-Central Florida first team Junior and Senior years. Shafer played at Saint Francis College in New York (Division I) as a central attacking midfielder and forward. His Junior year he was second in both scoring and assists.
In 2016 Shafer played 6 games for Hershey FC in the Keystone conference. He lead the team in both goals and assists with a total of 11 points as a striker and central attacking midfield.
“We’re excited to have him play for the Torch, his obvious love for Christ is evident in the way he carries himself,” said BuxMont Torch coach Rich Sparling. “He also will provide a strong target up top for the team, something that we haven’t had since the days of Sachem Wilson.”
Shafer is a very big player at 6’5″ and has a great ability in the air finishing crosses with headers. While playing for Hershey FC Shafer’s unselfish style and work ethic allowed him to roam between the midfield and defense to receive the ball, switch play, and create chances to score.
Best qualities: Aerial ability, first touch, passing/switching play, running into space, and finding pockets behind midfielders, and finishing crosses.
BuxMont Torch FC men’s team play in the pro/am National Premier Soccer League which is the 4th tier of USA men’s soccer. Home games are played at Pennridge High School Stadium in Perkasie, PA and has a capacity of 2,000 spectators. Players are encouraged to use the platform of sports to share about their faith after matches and summer soccer camps.
Torch Sports Ministry is “IGNITING A GLOBAL PASSION FOR SPORT MINISTRY.”