NORTH BELLMORE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – History was made at a varsity highschool soccer recreation on Long Island over the weekend.
CBS2’s Alice Gainer introduces us to the participant with a primary there.
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Number 11 on the Mepham High School group made the catch. Teammates congratulated the vast receiver ultimately zone for the TD, however the participant retains the celebration comparatively small, contemplating this wasn’t simply any landing.
“I had no idea all I thought was I got a touchdown,” stated vast receiver Sofia LaSpina.
In that second, 15-year-old LaSpina made historical past as the primary feminine soccer participant on Long Island to attain a landing.
“We were all so excited for her she’s been playing since 7th grade,” stated group captain Dominick Novello.
Novello celebrated with LaSpina. They’ve performed collectively for 5 years.
“They all treated me like their teammate. They don’t treat me any different. So it’s nice to have a team that supports you,” LaSpina stated.
LaSpina, who additionally performs softball, says she grew up taking part in soccer within the yard together with her siblings and determined to present it a attempt.
“My goal is just to become better get better every day,” LaSpina stated.
Head soccer coach Anthony Cracco offered her with the sport ball on the spot.
“The official actually walked over to me said ‘Coach, I think you might want this ball at some point,’” Cracco siad. “It’s a testament to how hard she’s worked and how far she’s come as a player.”
It was LaSpina’s third catch of the sport.
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“It was just a five yard out,” she stated.
“She makes it sound easier than it actually was. If you watch the footage, she adjusts her body and slowed down a little bit to make the catch, which is not easy to do if your momentum is carrying you one way,” Cracco stated.
As for her future with soccer, she’ll determine senior year.
“If I’m loving the sport so much and I want to play in college, then I might try it,” LaSpina stated.
She smiles on the considered different youngsters following in her footsteps.
“Who cares what gender you are, how old you are? Just stick with it,” she stated.
Though the group continues to be celebrating the historic second, that doesn’t imply follow shall be any simpler.
“No. Absolutely not. She already knows we’ll enjoy it all day and all week, but once practice starts, it’s all business,” Cracco stated.
LaSpina’s simply getting began this season.
The group received Saturday towards Roslyn.
The head coach says he coached one different feminine participant, who was a placekicker on the college.
LaSpina can also be a New York Jets fan and was simply named the Jets highschool participant of the week.
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