Langley Grad Galiani to Play Soccer at Bucknell University

Justin Galiani, a 2013 Langley High School graduate, will play soccer at Bucknell University.

Justin Galiani, a 2013 Langley High School graduate, will play soccer at Bucknell University. Courtesy photo

Justin Galiani, a 2013 Langley High School graduate, was a twosport standout for the Saxons. He helped lead the boys’ soccer team to a state tournament appearance in 2011 and a trip to the Northern Region semifinals in 2012. As a senior, he was one of the top scorers on the boys’ basketball team.

As a soccer player, Galiani was a three-time first-team all-Liberty District selection. He was first team all-region as a junior, as well as second team all state. He finished with 34 career goals despite missing most of his senior season with a foot injury.

Galiani will major in economics and play soccer at Division I Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., joining fellow 2013 Langley grad Brad Dotson, who will play lacrosse for the Bison.

Galiani participated in a Q and A with the Connection via email.

*Connection: What made Bucknell the right fit for you?

Galiani: Getting a top education, joining an impressive soccer program and being able to stay within three hours of home made Bucknell the perfect school for me.

*Connection: What position will you play?

Galiani: I expect to play as a central striker.

*Connection: Any word on playing time as a freshman?

Galiani: I'm hopeful that if I work hard enough I can get an opportunity to help fill the void left by former striker Brendan Burgdorf up top.

*Connection: What is your favorite memory of playing soccer at Langley?

Galiani: Winning the district and going to states my sophomore year.

*Connection: What are you most looking forward to about the transition from high school to college?

Galiani: Being able to play at a higher level with/against top players is something that really excites me.

*Connection: At what age did you start playing soccer? Did you imagine you'd one day play it in college?

Galiani: I started playing at age 4 but never really thought I'd be playing in college one day. I always just played for the competition but being able to play at the college level is a great opportunity I'm really excited for.

—Jon Roetman