Soccer has made a very big impact on my life and will continue to do so. When I was five years old, I began playing the sport and instantly fell in love with it. As soon as I turned seven, I wanted to play travel soccer. Travel soccer would soon teach me the basics of the game and grow my competitiveness against other teams and players. When I turned eleven, I was introduced to a premier club called CFC. I immediately wanted to join due to how I knew that it would make me a better player and that the levels that I will be playing against are much higher. My early years of CFC taught me various things as a player which would eventually stick with me in the future. In my free time, after all my homework, and helping my family, I would immediately get a group of my friends and ask them if they were down to play some soccer at the High School turf. It doesn’t matter to me who comes or if it’s just myself. During my off season I would play 3v3 tournaments in various places. The best 3v3 tournaments were at ESPN in Florida where my team placed fourth nationally. Another big tournament was at Gillett Stadium 4v4 Cup, where my team placed first and won the tournament.
During my Junior year of soccer, I learned many things that would improve my style of play on the soccer field and as a person. The very first thing that I learned was the importance of my academics. During school I would visit my guidance counselor at least once or twice a month talking about college and my academics. I was told that I needed to keep my grades up to be seen by successful colleges. After my first talk with my guidance counselor I made a goal to achieve honors for my first quarter of Junior year. In my school you need to have an eighty-five overall or greater to get honors. By the end of the quarter I ended with an eighty-seven overall average and reached my goal and received honors. Before my Junior high school season started, I played for my CFC NPL club team in the spring. We qualified for three tournaments and won all of them. Unfortunately, in the State cup tournament I didn’t get the opportunity to play due to my devastating injury where I tore my patella tendon and got a hematoma on my thigh. This injury occurred during the last five minutes of ECNL tryouts. The tryouts went really well except for the last five minutes but the coaches definitely were impressed by my performance and that night I received a message saying I made the team for the 2019-2020 season. Even though this injury occurred I still didn’t stop training and attended Physical Therapy every day and fitness session with a fitness coach and by myself at least three times a week to get myself stronger and to get ready for my Junior year of high school soccer. When the season started, I felt like I reached my potential and my fitness was at its peak due to the hard work I put in during the summer. I ended up getting a captain’s position and a staring spot as center back. The coach gave me this position because he told me I had great potential which I showed last year and during practices and loved my work ethic and awareness on and off the ball. After the season ended I am currently training for CFC ECNL in my free time and going to the high school turf every night at 6:00 PM to keep my fitness and touches, and not to mention free kicks, up to date for the upcoming season.