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Plant City Observer Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 9 months ago

Athlete of the Week: Luis Leos

Leos scored twice against Durant in the district semifinal.
by: Justin Kline Sports/Associate Editor

The Plant City Raiders advanced to the Feb. 2 district championship game with an 8-0 win over Durant, thanks in part to a two-goal, one-assist performance by junior Luis Leos. Leos, a midfielder, is second on the team with 11 goals this season and hopes to earn a college scholarship to keep playing after high school.

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The team played pretty well against Durant. You had a couple of goals against them. How was the team feeling, going into that one?
I felt like we had a lot of energy in that game and we came out with our best. We should have done that against Newsome.

It happens. But you’re about to play Winter Park now, so what are you hoping to bring to the table in that game?
We’re going to show them that we’re the best.

What would you say makes this team so good?
We’re like a family.

How long have you been with the team?
Three years.

At what point did you start feeling like it was a family?
All three years have been really good, like family. My sophomore year was when I started getting more comfortable.

What’s the most important thing someone should know about this team?
We try our best at everything.

What’s your favorite moment as a Raider?
When I score.

How long have you been playing soccer?
My whole life. I’m 17 now.

Where do you hope to take your soccer career?
I hope to take it to the college level, if I can.

Do you know where you want to go?
No, not yet.

Do you know what you’d want to study?

What advice would you give to a newcomer to this team?
Just get comfortable and don’t be nervous about anything. Play how you play and you’ll be good.

What’s the best advice a coach has given you?
Never give up.

What’s an obstacle you’ve had to overcome during a game, or during a season?
My groin was hurting and I pulled through it. That was last season. It was most of the season.

What’s your favorite subject in school?
I like math.

What’s your favorite soccer team?

Justin Kline is the Sports/Associate Editor at the Plant City Observer. He has been covering all things sports-related in the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World since 2013.

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