TORRINGTON >> This past summer Torrington’s own Conor Bierfeldt made news when he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles and began his career as a professional baseball player. This fall it is his younger brother Shane who is making a name for himself as a senior captain of the Red Raiders boys soccer team.
“It’s great to come back and watch him play,” said Conor Bierfeldt, who hasn’t been able to watch his brothers soccer career as much as he wanted, while he was attending Western Connecticut. “He went from four feet tall to one of the best players in the NVL and the State.”
Shane Bierfeldt has helped lead the Red Raiders to a 13-1 record, so far this season, and one of the top teams in the NVL.
“I remember when I could step on him,” the older Bierfeldt laughed while watching his brother play against Crosby on Senior Night. “Now he’s in his senior year, time flies.”
The two brothers are separated by five years, but that didn’t stop the younger Bierfeldt from trying to hang out with his older brother and his friends when they were younger.
“Growing up there was a big age difference,” said Shane Bierfeldt, who also plays baseball for Torrington, like his big brother. “I always tagged along with him.”
The older Bierfeldt too was a soccer player for the Red Raiders, playing through his junior year, before he decided to concentrate on baseball and even though he is a professional athlete, he feels that his younger brother is the better athlete in the family.
“We were always both athletic growing up,” said Conor Bierfeldt. “I always say he is more athletic than I am.”
Both brothers stand at 6’2″ but Conor is built, helping him hit 12 homeruns in his first season of professional baseball in 62 games and Shane is skinnier and quicker, helping him run up and down the soccer field.
“He was always better at soccer than I was,” said Conor Bierfeldt. “I was bigger and stronger, he is so much quicker and his foot skills are unreal.”
Shane credits his older brother’s hard work and determination as some of the reasons why he looks up to him as much as he does.
“Growing up he made me a better athlete,” Shane said. “He’s a role model for me; him getting drafted was a great moment for me.”
With his senior season year coming to a close Shane Bierfeldt is still looking at colleges, figuring out where he wants to spend his next four years and whether or not he wants to continue his athletic career on the pitch, on the ball field or both. But either way his older brother will be there watching.
“Hopefully I will get to watch him play when I’m in my offseason,” said Conor Bierfeldt, who believes his brother should play both sports in college.
Whatever choice Shane Bierfeldt makes, just like every little brother, he wants to be just like his big brother.
“I want just succeed like him and follow in his footsteps,” Shane Bierfeldt said.
With every loving sibling relationship, there is a little sibling rivalry and still to this day the younger Bierfeldt has yet to dethrone the older Bierfeldt.
“We played Fifa today and I don’t think I beat him once,” said Shane Bierfeldt.
“When we play in the backyard and he gets past me, I’ll pull him back,” laughed Conor Bierfeldt. “I won’t let him beat me yet.”