As a Soccer for Success coach-mentor, Justin knew Marco was a special player. It was in their fourth season together when Justin noticed his transformation as a player with drive.
Marco has a close group of friends in Soccer for Success. Season after season, each player improved, introduced their new skills to the game, and began to find their niche on the field. Marco’s friends were very aggressive when attacking the net, but Marco would rather pass than shoot. He became the go-to player when setting up the play on the field, as he understood how to read the field and see how the play was developing.
As he developed a talent for controlling the ball, Marco was never the one to finish the play. During their fourth season together, Justin took Marco under his wing, teaching him how to drive up field, turn and finish. He encouraged him to play his game and explained that passing the ball wasn’t his only option.
Slowly, Justin saw something in Marco he had yet to see truly shine before – his confidence. As Marco continued to practice driving and taking shots on goal, he became more comfortable and confident. Before long, Marco was scoring like the rest of his teammates and friends, continuing to set up plays and evaluating the field, but now, incorporating himself into the finish.
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