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As a senior at Provo High, Victor Cervantes is widely known for his work ethic. He is a starter for the varsity soccer team and I had the chance to sit down and talk with him about how he got to this point in his life:
How old were you when you first started playing soccer?
“Well, just like any other kid, I started playing soccer because of my family members and cousins. I started playing on an actual team when I was eight years old. If was nothing too big, just a little Sunday league team.”
What club team did you start out with?
“I wasn’t on an actual club team until the end of my sophomore year because neither I nor my parents had enough money until then. But I started out that year with Xolos Utah.”
As a starting varsity high school player, what is your advice for kids wanting to be where you are?
“To be where I am, anyone can do it. Work hard every day. You don’t have to be the fastest or strongest or even the most talented. You have to get up every day willing to grind or even OUT grind those around you. To be where I am today, I worked for my spot. Nothing was given to me. I ain’t much different from anyone around me. The only thing that makes me different is my mentality and my work ethic. Anyone can do it, you just have to be willing to put in the work.”
Who’s your favorite soccer player to watch?
“I’ve always liked the “workhorse” kind of players. Guys like Kante, Casemiro, and Arturo Vidal. I just enjoy a good tackle or a clean hit. A little aggressive but a lot of passion and I love it.”
Since the cancellation have you still been working out or getting touches on the ball?
“Of course. Mainly because I still have club coming up in the fall. But yes, every day except Sundays have to be a workday. I go about it in three different ways. Some days I do home workouts: abs, pushups, squats. The next day is touches on the ball, passing drills, and also some conditioning on the fields. Then the third, I usually go on Saturdays and run 1.5 to 2 miles to keep up my conditioning.”
It is players like Victor that lift those around them and push them to be better not only in sports but also in the classroom. Go Bulldogs!!