BRODHEADSVILLE, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A Monroe County community is coming together to remember a teenager who passed away from leukemia. Their friend was a good student and an outstanding soccer player, and Monday night they held a soccer match in her honor.
Pleasant Valley High School was packed with family, friends and former teammates of 15-year-old Schyler Herman for Schyler’s Memorial Soccer Game.
“I hope it becomes an annual tradition, and I hope to play in it again. But if I’m not able to play in it again, I’ll definitely be back to watch,” Faith Damato, a Senior at Pleasant Valley High School said.
Monday was not a normal night on the field at Pleasant Valley High Schoo. Hundreds of people made their way to the stands to watch Schyler’s Memorial Soccer Game.
“A lot more people that normally show up for a game, which is what she always wanted,” Mike Herman, Schyler’s dad said.
Both Pleasant Valley Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys and Girls soccer players competed in the game, as well as players from her New Jersey club team, Players Development Academy.
“She wanted those stands filled. She was always like, ‘Mom, they come and fill the stands for the football games, but the girls don’t get anything close to it’,” Sherrie Herman, Schyler’s mom said.
15-year-old Schyler Herman was diagnosed with leukemia back in October of 2017. After a year of receiving aggressive chemotherapy treatments, Schyler lost her battle against the disease. But her biggest support system says through it all, Schyler would want everyone to only remember the good times they shared on and off the field.
“She was just such a positive person, and I think that today, with so many people coming out, it just shows the love we have for her and the memories,” Gianna Musmanno, PDA Soccer Player said.
“She came in her 8th grade and told our senior goalie that she was going to outplay her and I knew I liked her right away,” Faith Damato remembers.
Schyler then made goalie in her Freshman year of high school.
“Something about it, we noticed it already in middle school, she just had that will and desire to get better. She wanted her teammates to get better. Just overall a great kid,” Derek Strohl, Head Girls Soccer Coach said.
As nearly 50 kids ran up and down the sidelines, scoring goals to make their former friend and teammate proud, they took a break during halftime to present Schyler’s parents with her retired jersey number.
“00 has been her number for years, so the fact that they were willing to retire it and hang her jersey on the school walls is just absolutely amazing,” Schyler’s mom said.
Schyler’s teammates and coat said if the support is there they will absolutely make this an annual event.
All of the money from the soccer game will go towards #SchylerStrongFoundation that her parents started in her honor.
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