After months of hard work and countless hours spent on the field during practice, the American Heritage girls soccer team concluded the season by earning the title of 7th best in the nation, according to topdrawersoccer.com. Head coach Cindy Marcial credits the whole team for having accomplished such a great feat.
“Just being on a team in general is going to teach someone to put other people before themselves and to make good decisions in life because you are not just affecting yourself, but the whole team. If you do something wrong you are going to hurt everybody around you,” she said.
With practices held every day of the week, players must develop the time management skills necessary to juggle academics and their sport. It takes a very special team to make things fall into place.
Marcial describes an ideal team player as someone who “always makes sure the team comes first. Someone who doesn’t only think of themselves.”
Midfielder, Victoria Chin, stated, “When I go on the field my mind becomes more open. I feel like playing soccer has changed my whole life.”
Over the years the team has won nine State Championship titles and one National Title. Last year, after winning the state title, the Heritage girls soccer team went on to be ranked seventh in the nation. Senior player Melanie Monteagudo also went on to make the winter all-American soccer team.
“It takes a lot of dedication. The girls worked really well together – they have each other’s backs. They make sure the team works together as one,” Coach Marcial stated.