PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The college soccer season is in the books for the local squads, and you would be hard pressed to find a player who had a better campaign than La Salle senior midfielder Ryan Richter.

The Atlantic 10’s “Offensive Player of the Year” led the Explorers with 14 goals, and he was clutch: half his tallies were game winners.  Richter (above and right) says he relishes the opportunity to come up big in key moments.

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“I just look at it as being a leader and hopefully setting the right example on the field for some of these guys for the future,” Richter says.  “It means a lot because I think people you are playing with start to look up to you a little bit in situations like that, so it’s good to be a leader on the field in that way.”

Richter says his work ethic is what sets him apart.

“I work out every day, all summer, getting ready for a season,” he says.  “I can go for ninety minutes in the game, and I run as fast at the end of the game as I do in the beginning of the game.  I think it’s my work ethic, any coach I’ve had will tell you that.  I’m a hard worker.  Maybe not all the talent in the world, but I use everything that I have and I really do try my hardest.”

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Richer helped lead La Salle to a 9-7-3 record and an appearance in the Atlantic 10 Championship Game.  He says he’s hopeful that he will get the opportunity to continue playing soccer at the professional level.

Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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