In soccer, it's hard work putting the ball in the back of the net. Just don't tell that to this year's soccer team at Arvin High School. In their last four games the Bears have scored 20 goals. "No one cares who scores as long as we get the job done," said senior midfielder Hugo Magana.
Magana may say that, but we care. 12 times he's found the back of the net, but what's more impressive is that he's scored in all seven games this season. "When they see him performing so well on the field it gives them more motivation to keep after it," said Noah Weber, in his 10th season coaching at Arvin. "He just never takes plays off."
Playing to the final whistle, or in the case of this week's 10-0 win over Bakersfield Christian, the first kick of the ball. It took Magana just eight seconds to find the back of the net against the Eagles but it took until his senior year to find a new mindset.
"He'd try to take the whole team on his back," Weber said. "Now he's distributing." It's a change in play that Magana says he has no problem doing so long as his team continues to win.
While the goals have been flowing for Magana, he's taken it upon himself to make sure the team stays focused. "Right now we can't get too complacent," he said. "We just have to keep going 100% the whole season."
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