Lorenzo Centeno is a young man who has played soccer for many years. During this time he has had many successful coaches. His father coached him from U-7 to U-9 and in Futsal training for over 11 years. Futsal is indoor training during the off season to keep up with the speed, agility, footwork and everything else that goes along with soccer. Lorenzo Centeno takes his academics as strong as he takes his soccer. He lettered in academics as a freshman (he is currently a sophomore) at Holy Family High School.
The byteclay.com had the great opportunity to have an exclusive interview with Holy Family High School soccer player Lorenzo Centeno on Thursday, January 14, 2015. The following is our interview.
John DiTirro: How old are you?
Lorenzo Centeno: 16
JD: Who do you play soccer for?
LC: Holy Family High School
JD: What position do you play?
LC: Center Mid for the past 5 years.
JD: Do you do other sports besides Soccer?
JD: When did you start playing soccer?
JD: What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
LC: Training in the gym for about 11 years, great coaches over the years
JD: How do you set your goals?
LC: I take them in small steps to success. In the next upcoming season, I want to be All-Conference and All-State. My coach is pushing for me to meet this success. The team and coaching staff have faith that I can accomplish these two goals. One of the things I am trying to accomplish is being able to bend my shots more and create more pressure on the opposing goalie.
JD: What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?
LC: My height. Being center mid and going up against players who are a lot taller is a challenge. I work on my jumping skills and being a stronger player than the players I am going up against. I am trying to track the ball better so I can position myself in a better spot than the other man. This requires thinking ahead once the ball is kicked and mentally tracking where that ball will come down and be able to block out and jump higher than the opponent.
JD: What 1-2 things do you believe differentiates you from your friends or other athletes that have tailed off in their athletic participation and abilities?
LC: Determination. I have stuck with soccer for so long and have known the ups and downs of playing the game that when other people try the game, they think it will be easy and get frustrated and quit. My love for the game keeps me going as well. I love to train and am always trying to better myself. Just like anything else in life, you have to work hard for your achievements.
JD: Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?
LC: John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success.
JD: Last question, do you have any athletes that you look up to and maybe model yourself after them and learn from their style of play?
LC: My brother played before me and I have watched him and I try to channel his moves, speed and agility on the field.
The Examiner would like to thank Lorenzo Centeno for his time and wish him the best on the field and in life. We will be following Lorenzo next season to see how he does and if he makes his dream of All-Conference and All-State. The way this man commands the ball and can read the defense, he will have many years of success in the world of soccer.