Soccer has also been a very important part if my life. At 6 years old, I started playing in my town’s rec league and I immediately fell in love with the game. I was scoring 5 or even 6 goals a game and I remember everyone cheering on the sidelines.
As I got older, my passion for the sport continued to grow. I played on my town’s travel team for several years before moving to a club team called Golden Touch, where I played two years up. We competed at a very high level, and were ranked a top 5 team in the country. For my final two years of high school, I played for New York Soccer Club. I am fortunate that soccer has brought me all over the world, from playing tournaments in Disney, Las Vegas, and even Italy.
My ultimate goal was to play college soccer. Through hard work and determination, I achieved that goal. I played for Trinity College, a division 3 school that competes in the NESCAC. As a freshman, I started our first 8 games and was tied for the most goals on the team. The process of playing in college was not easy. I had many coaches tell me I was too small to play in college or I was not aggressive enough. Mentally, the college recruiting process was draining. However, that’s what I love about the sport. It taught me that life is not always going to be easy. You are going to face many challenges and criticism, but if you work hard, believe in yourself and remain mentally strong, no one will stop you.
A big reason why I was able to achieve my dream of playing in college was through Da Fonte Pro Training. In my sophomore year of High School, I started training with Coach Mike and became a more complete player. Every session, Coach Mike pushed me to be the best I could be, always stressing that how you practice is how you play. The drills were intense and very gamelike, as they taught me how to perform when I’m tired. Given his impressive background playing professionally, Coach Mike knew what it took to be a great player and I learned many valuable things from him.
After college, I knew I wanted to keep soccer in my life, whether that being playing professionally or coaching. I am very grateful that Coach Mike asked me to become a trainer with him at Da Fonte Pro Training. I really enjoy coaching because I love helping players reach the next level and showing them that if they work hard and stay determined, their goals will be accomplished.