Soccer, Soccer and MORE Soccer!
The Dixon High Girls’ Soccer team has made it into the playoffs. This is the first year in a long time that the team has made it in the second seed position. For the past two years, the team made it into playoffs as well, but only by default because another team was eliminated. This year, the soccer team has made history, regardless of the outcome of playoffs. The team, in league, won 8 out of their 10 games, that is the best record the girls’ team has had in a very long time. To help lead this years’ team was Aimee Echeverria, one of the captains, and I asked her what her thoughts were before going into playoffs.
Vanessa: How does it feel going into playoffs in the second seed?
Aimee: “Since the previous years we have barely made it in the third place, having secured second seed feels amazing and it is an accomplishment which we all should be proud of.”
Vanessa: How do you honestly think the outcome of this soccer team will be?
Aimee: “I truly and honestly believe that this team is going to make history and win T.O.C [Tournament of Champions]. We have the ability
and potential to be section champions, and I have full confidence that we will be hanging up a banner.”
Vanessa: Being a captain, how do you maintain composure and motivate your teammates to do their best?
Aimee: “I try and stay as positive as I can in order to keep everyone with their heads up. I focus on the game and I try to communicate as much as I can so my teammates can stay focused and positive as well.”
Vanessa: How does it feel that you are almost out of Dixon High and this is your last chance to leave your mark for girls’ soccer?
Aimee: “It’s a bitter/sweet feeling. I am sad that I will be leaving such an amazing team, but I am also proud that I have given my all in every game. And also that I have played my heart out for my team.”
Vanessa: Who or what gives you the drive to perform at your best every single game?
Aimee: “My competitive edge definitely makes me want to always do my best in order to get a win. But I would also say that my coach [Jesus Mata] has made me want to always do my best because he has pushed us hard and without him we wouldn’t have made it this far. I want to make him proud of our team and all our hard work.”