I am a 6’1” goalkeeper entering my senior year at Lamar High School in Houston, Texas. I have played soccer longer than I can remember. I began focusing exclusively on soccer in second grade. Soccer has long been an outlet where I can let go of everything and simply focus on the game I love. Over the years, I have grown as a player and person. I have applied many of the skills I’ve learned on the field to my life outside of soccer, including self-discipline and respect. I have always been encouraged to become the best person I can be, and am very active in my church group, Boy Scouts, other volunteer work, and my part-time job as a waiter. One of my strongest skills is my work ethic, as I have proven to myself that there is not much I can’t do when I set my mind to it.
After playing for my middle school in 7th grade, I was crushed when I failed to make my eighth grade team. Instead of letting that failure define me as a player, I became determined to improve. I worked harder than ever before at club practice with my goalkeeper coach. Only two years later as a sophomore, I was starting on my high school’s varsity team. This fall as a senior, I was named to the South Texas ODP Team for the 3rd year in a row. I learned that talent is important, but talent alone is not always enough. Hard work and determination took my game to another level. I will always strive to be the best player and leader I can be, both on and off the field.