Growing Up as a Soccer Player

May 10, 2018

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Player Soccer has been the sport of my choice since I have been four years old. It was the love of my life. I loved everything about it from the sweet smell of the grass to the most exhilarating feeling of scoring a goal. The sport of soccer was what motivated me to do better in everything. I grew up in a family that lived, breathed, and played soccer. My Dad coached soccer and both of my older brothers played soccer through High School, so when it came to me I had no choice but to play. When I first started, I was a little terror on the field.

I loved to score right from the beginning. When you are at that age you play “bunch ball”, so what my father told me to do was to stand outside the bunch and wait till the ball squirted out. This plan worked brilliantly, I scored goal after goal with this method. As I continued to play and move through the ranks of soccer I began to enjoy it more with every game I played. I went to tournaments all across California and even some out of state. I was having the time of my life playing the world-renowned game of soccer. When I reached Jr.

High I played on the school’s soccer team. I started as a 7th grader, but didn’t really do anything special until my 8th grade year. During my 8th grade year of soccer I lit up the stats’ in goals and assist’s scoring 16 goals and having 12 assists. My biggest moment came in the championship game. My team was down 2 – 1 when I got a break down the side lines, I took the ball towards the goal and slid it into the side netting, tying the game 2 – 2 with three minutes to play. The game went into penalty kicks where I made a crucial shot that helped lead us to victory.

I led my team in goals, assists and points; with these stats I was named MVP of my team. My new club with Surf just started and out of the 60 kids that tried out I was the only that made it. I thought I was the coolest person an alive because I was playing with all the big boys on the premier soccer squad, but the kids were quick to let me know that I was still a new player by the quality that they played. I went on to start every game that year. It wasn’t my best year I only had a few goals and assists, but not bad for a new player.