Notre Dame's victory over Oregon State at Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium) W, 1-0 on September 7, 2012.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region IV Team ... among the ESPN Rise class of 2012 Ohio prospects ... was mentioned on the ESPN Rise top 2012 recruits list along with the College Soccer News top 2012 recruits listing ... established Amherst Steele High School career records in goals (73) and assists (47) ... earned all-Ohio honors twice, including first-team accolades as a senior ... received all-Ohio academic honors on four occasions ... 2011 Southwestern Conference (SWC) Player of the Year ... 2010 & 2011 Lorain County Player of the Year ... three-time first team all-SWC ... SWC Scholar-Athlete ... copped Greater Cleveland accolades three times, including first-team honors twice ... three-time first team all-Lorain County ... two-time team MVP and offensive player of the year of the Amherst Steele team ... captained his high school squad during his junior and senior seasons ... four-time varsity letter winner ... 2011 SWC Champions (first time school history) ... high school team was ranked ninth, which marked its first-ever ranking ... helped lead high school team to a school-record 15 wins in 2011 ... as a freshman, his high school squad won the district title for the first time in team history ... received the 2008 Coaches Award (high school) ... Cleveland Plain Dealer Boys Soccer All-Star Team (2011) ... Columbus Crew Soccer Academy 18s 2011 Player of the Year (2011) ... captained his Columbus Crew Soccer Academy 18s squad ... selected to the all-star team at the 2010 Notre Dame Elite Soccer Camp ... his Columbus Crew Soccer Academy 18s qualified for the Developmental Academy Playoffs in 2010 ... also helped his Columbus Crew Soccer Academy 16s qualify for the Developmental Academy Playoffs in 2008 and 2009 ... enrolled in Notre Dame's First Year of Studies program.
Bobby Clark on Klekota: "Connor has a fantastic personality. I think that's the thing that first of all attracted us to him. He also has very good ability. Last year, he was voted the player of the year for his Columbus Crew team and there were a lot of good players on that team. I asked his coach why Connor was named the player of the year and he said that Connor affected the game more than anyone on the squad. He will play as a midfielder, but he can also play other roles. He plays mainly as a sitting midfielder. He connects his passes well and he's a smart player."