ALA soccer takes 9-2 record to state tournament

Members of the American Leadership Academy Eagles soccer tea. They are, in red from left: #8 James Lytle, #4 Matthew Krueger, #7 Joseph Valle, #16 Jorge Gonzalez, #2 Juan Lugo.
Members of the American Leadership Academy Eagles soccer tea. They are, in red from left: #8 James Lytle, #4 Matthew Krueger, #7 Joseph Valle, #16 Jorge Gonzalez, #2 Juan Lugo.

Photo and Article by ALA Photography Student Cierra Nuttall

With both state and region titles in the American Leadership Academy Eagles soccer team’s recent history, Coach Antonio Medieta is keeping the expectations high. “This team has proven they can compete with best teams in 2A soccer. I’m really proud of them and we have a strong desire to go deep into the post-season,” he said.

Cierra Nuttall is the team manager. She said, “We have a lot of talented players. I think we’ve scored an average of five goals per game this season.”

On the other side of the equation is defensive goal keeper Abdi Ochoa. He has a couple of memories that motivate him. “We only lost two games this season, but it was to the same team, Millard. Last week we lost by a score of 3 to 2. I hope we meet up with them again in the tournament. I want to prove that I can do a better job for my team.”

Athletic Director Lora Nichols mentioned that because of their record, the team has the home field advantage. It will be a charter school match up. “We play APA in the first round of state soccer at home. It will be a good test and I know we are all looking forward to it. Coach Antonio Medieta and his assistant coach Salvador Perez will have the team ready and it should be a good game.”