Featured Player – Jacqueline Madogo
Jaqueline Madogo is a defensive player any coach would love to have on their back line. “Jacqueline is a very hard working and committed individual who is striving to constantly improve her game,” state Jacqueline’s WOSC 2000 OYSL team coaches, Chris Bascelli and Gianfranco Manto. “She challenges her teammates to be better in training and always displays a positive attitude.” Hard work and commitment is something Jacqueline displays throughout all aspects of her life. The Grade 11 student is currently enrolled in the very demanding International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at College Catholique Franco-Ouest and is excelling with an 87% average. She took the time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions.
How do you balance your school work with your soccer schedule? The OYSL team’s practices start at 8pm and I get home at 4pm so it’s all about not procrastinating. I try my best to get as much done as I can so I don’t have to stay up late after practice.
Who is your biggest influence in soccer and why? I really like the way Kadeisha Buchanan plays. She’s really aggressive when she attacks the ball and I feel like we have that in common. This year I changed positions, going from full back to centre back, so I started analyzing her movement on the field to better myself with the position.
Where do you hope to be in 5 years? I hope to play university soccer in the upcoming years. I would also like to be working towards a degree in molecular biology.
What advice would you give to the young soccer players? Have fun with it. The more fun you have with any of your passions the more you will enjoy it. I truly enjoy playing soccer and I feel like some kids do it for other people, like their parents. You have to do it for yourself or else there’s no point to it.
Featured Player – Spencer King
First to be blamed; last to be credited – that’s the life of a goalkeeper. Spencer King, WOSC 2001 OPDL goalkeeper, has lived this statement since he was 10 years old when he decided to concentrate on minding the net full time. Andrei Badescu, WOSC Head Goalkeeper Coach, credits Spencer’s hard work, passion and devotion for the game to allow him to reach for his goals. “Committed is the word that describes Spencer the most. Setting goals and following specific training routines has reworked him and allowed Spencer to succeed,” says Badescu. And succeed he has. Spencer has recently re-located to Toronto to train with the Toronto Football Academy after impressing their technical staff at tryouts and is now attending Northview Heights S.S. in the APGA (Academics Program for Gifted Athletes). Spencer took the time to email the following answers to some questions posed to him:
How did you become interested in soccer? I really became interested in soccer when I saw the amazing skills that John Bennett had with the ball at his feet. John played semi-pro for Chertsey Town in England and he was my coach and neighbour. For the first 6 years of my soccer career I was lucky enough to be coached by him. He really inspired me, even though I did not continue as an outfield player.
How do you balance your grade 10 school work and soccer training? Playing soccer at a high level does have some consequences. You can’t hang out with your friends as much and you have to use your time wisely when it comes to balancing soccer and school work. The main thing I do is try to get as much of my school work done before soccer or when I am waiting for my parents to pick me up so that I don’t have to stay up late doing my homework.
Who is your biggest influence in soccer and why? My biggest influence is Keylor Navas, goalkeeper at Real Madrid. The reason is because even though he is from the small country of Costa Rica, he still somehow managed to sign for one of the biggest clubs in the world. This really inspires me and shows that anything can happen if you put in the work.
Where do you hope to be in 5 years? I want to be playing at a professional club in Europe, getting paid for what I love to do.
What advice would you give to the young soccer players? The only advice I can give to young soccer players is hard work will get you places talent alone could never get you.