Passionate, intelligent, athletic are words that describe 17 year old Brien McMahon varsity soccer captain Afa Reyes. With his new role as captain comes great responsibilities and renewed hope of the success of the success for this season. Afa stated, “So far we started pretty good, we did struggle a little at the beginning but now we picked up the pace and hope the momentum from the last game continues.” When asked about the transition to captain Afa responded, “I now have to set an example to the other players on how they should behave on and off the field”.
Afa feels the team has started well as a whole stating, “The team has been working really hard all summer, the team has good chemistry and are very talented.” Afa is very motivated when on the field playing the game he loves. He says what motivates him the most is the thought of holding a trophy with Mcmahon, but his dream is to go pro one day”
New Brien Mcmahon soccer coach, Rodrigo Guzman, went to Brien McMahon in the 80s and was a key player for the school as well. Afa rates the coach very highly when it comes to having a good season. “Physically, he made us work really hard. Our stamina as a team has improved a lot and mentally he's a great motivational speaker which has helped us a lot. Tactically he has brought a lot to the team and helps us a lot as a whole,” he said.
Halfway through the season the team needs 2 wins to make states and FCIACS and Afa has said that the team won't give up.The season has been both up and down, with a 3-8-2 record but with the team is within reach of both competitions.
Outside of soccer Afa enjoys swimming, and enjoys watching the sport as well as competing. He has a huge in-ground pool at his house and has always loved swimming and competing with friends. “If I was not a soccer player right now I would be a swimmer and for the future if I did not play soccer all my opportunities and friends would be different,” he said.
Afa’s answer after being asked about his best moment playing for McMahon was, “The game vs Trumbull High School in the 15-16 season, our team morale was at an all time low.The team was down 2-0 with 20 minutes left, Our defender Abdullah scored with 10 minutes left. Then I scored twice, one of which was one of the best goals I’ve ever scored. It was from 30 yards and went right over the keeper.” Afa Reyes hopes that more great moments like this will come this season.