I first took interest in soccer during my 8th grade year of school. My friends would constantly talking about soccer, and their favorite clubs and players. Although my interest was growing, I was reluctant to tryout for the team because I had never played and I believed I was not in shape. I decided to play in a recreation league so that I could gain experience and work on my conditioning. Once I started to play soccer, my motivation to continue to play increased. As my skills and understanding of the game increased, soccer became the only sport that I wanted to play.
After my freshman year of high school, I decided to tryout for the high school team. In the beginning there were obstacles I had to overcome, such as being one of the least skilled and one of newest players. I was treated differently and it was hard to accept and adjust. The most valuable lessons learned from that experience has been the value of teamwork, commitment, persistence, hard work and dedication. Despite our team not achieving our goal, I strongly believe that as a team we improved and personally my game has advanced. If not for my determination, endurance and relentlessness, I would not have developed the skills and attitude needed to take my game to the next level.
Despite soccer being a major part of my life, I did not only want to get better at soccer, I also wanted to push my academics to the highest level. I know that it is also important for me to develop academically, physically as well as citizen. I have learned to balance and maintain my academics, physical abilities anf citizenship requirements. The last three years I have been able to maintain a high grade point average while also participating in the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Graduated in 2018 and the past two years I’ve spent at Cape fear community college gaining great experience and really evolving my game. I know now what it takes to succeed at the higher levels and I’m ready and willing to put in the work and push my teammates to be better It’s been really great but it’s time to take what I’ve learned to a higher level and keep improving