The Eastern Wayne boys’ soccer team needed a goalie, and Areth Jaimes-Mendez stepped up to fill that role.
Jaimes-Mendez typically plays as the Warriors center defensive midfielder, but he has no problem helping his team fill out a crucial role.
“I had to step up for the team.”
The junior had a standout performance against C.B. Aycock on Wednesday. Jaimes-Mendez withstood a barrage of shots from the Golden Falcons and posted a clean sheet.
After a few tough losses, Jaimes-Mendez and teammates were proud to earn a draw against the Golden Falcons, and they plan to use the positive energy they gained from that game going forward for the rest of the season.
“It was a tough game, and they’re a really good team,” Jaimes-Mendez said. “My sweeper kept it tight for me, and I couldn’t be more proud of him.
“We worked as a team. That’s all I can say.
This season, Jaimes-Mendez is especially happy to be back on the pitch because the Warriors did not field a boys’ soccer team last season.
“We’re looking good,” Jaimes-Mendez said. “We have talent, and we have something out. We’re just passionate about the sport.”
Jaimes-Mendez said losing a year of his favorite sports was difficult, but he is looking forward to the challenge of rebuilding the Warriors’ soccer program.
“It was bascaily a year off,” Jaimes Mendez said. “Other teams had a team last year, and they have the chemistry, and we don’t have that yet, but we can build it.
“It’s only up from here.”