February 6th is officially National Girls and Women in Sports Day (#NGWSD). This day is “a national observance celebrating the extraordinary achievements of women and girls in sports.”
Sophia Vivar commits to UCSB
Committing to an NCAA D1 Women’s Soccer program in 10th grade is definitely an extraordinary achievement. That is exactly what Sophia Vivar of San Diego Soccer Club’s G2003 team has done.
Sophia’s coach, Peter Stogsdill, says, “Sophia works to be best at all that she does and soccer is no different. She is respected and loved by all of her teammates because of how hard she works at the game. … She is a terrific teammate because she is always supportive and positive. I think her teammates love her for the combination of how hard she works as well as how caring and supportive she is with all of them. She is extremely humble and I think that comes from the terrific job her parents have done raising her. They have instilled the confidence in her to chase her dreams, the drive in her to work hard to chase those dreams and the humility to remain humble and grounded while excelling on the field.
“I love watching Samantha Mewis. She always stands out to me.”
I asked Sophia if she enjoys watching the US Women’s Soccer team and who her favorite player is. She replied, “I watch a lot of professional soccer and usually focus on the midfielders because I feel like there is always something I can learn to incorporate into my own game to continue to grow as a player. That’s one of the reasons I love watching Samantha Mewis. She always stands out to me. Her efficiency, temperament, and consistency is admirable. She is a solid player that always delivers while confidently playing simple and effective soccer.”
Congratulations to Sophia, her family, and her SDSC team from all of us at SoccerNation! Best of luck as you finish out your high school season at Westview, too!