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Best practice for best play

American soccer can be defined as a game played between two teams of eleven players using a round ball. Players kick the ball to each other and try to score goals by kicking the ball into a large net. Becoming a skilled soccer player takes practice, discipline and dedication. Whether a beginner or experienced, there is always more to learn. Everyone, even top players, wishes that they were better at soccer, and the first step is to master the basics. This includes dribbling, passing, shooting and, most importantly, ball control. Gaining these skills won’t happen overnight; once you get the hang of it, maintaining them will be your next concern. 

 “I maintain my skill level by attending practices and workouts every day. I don’t cheat myself; I give one hundred percent even when I’m tired and sore. Getting better even by one percent is always worth it.” Isaiah Garza, senior varsity starter, said.

“I keep my skills up to date by always practicing. Outside of school, I make sure to practice every day for at least an hour.” Fausto Castro, Freshman, Junior Varsity starter, stated. 

Although these soccer players differ in age and skill, they agree that practice makes perfect. Once you get used to things, learning from other players is just as beneficial as videos and websites; if anything, it’s even better. Some can be embarrassed to ask for help, but that will only stop you from moving forward. Creating a bond with your teammates slowly creates a family within the team. Trusting one another is critical to having a well-rounded team since soccer is a team sport.  

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Everybody starts somewhere and somehow. Garza and Castro have given their personal stories on how they got where they are now.

Garza was inspired to play soccer by his older brother when he was five and took it seriously at age eleven. 

“I fell in love with the game while watching my brother play soccer.” Garza Stated. 

He continues to fuel his passion for soccer by being in the professional soccer team “SAFC.” On the other hand, Castro was inspired by Portuguese soccer player Christiano Ronaldo.

“His hard work and dedication always gave me the drive for soccer. I grew to like him because he’s family-oriented and respects god.” Castro Stated. 

Castro has played for six years and plans to continue playing until college. Soccer is a very physical sport that has its players sticking to diets and workouts. Training allows the body to gradually build strength and endurance, improve skill levels, and build motivation, ambition and confidence. Garza only consumes 2200 calories daily while cutting out sugars and junk food. Castro maintains his calories by calorie surplus. These two also share a similar feeling when it comes to scoring a point for their team.

“Pretty good, but it’s my job,” Castro said.

“Whenever I score, I get a certain enjoyment combined with an adrenaline rush.” Garza expressed. “I could play forever. It makes me feel proud.”

Both players feel an abundance of euphoria. It doesn’t get any better than making not only your teammates proud but yourself as well.

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