Mahopac Senior Looks to Build Off All-Section Season

Nico DeCola is an impact player for the Mahopac boys soccer squad.

Mahopac senior Nico DeCola is a forward on the varsity soccer team.

How old were you when you started playing soccer and how did you get started?

I was 4 years old when I started playing soccer. My parents thought I would like the sport, and signed me up.

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How have you prepared throughout the summer for this upcoming season?

I played in summer tournaments for my premier soccer team and we also did Mahopac varsity summer league and conditioning camp.

What do you hope to achieve this season?

I would like to be a back-to-back all-section player and all-league player. I would also like to try and push my team to make a run in sectionals.

As a forward on the team, what are you expecting out of the offense and what will be the key to maximizing efforts to score on goal?

I expect our offense to produce a lot of scoring opportunities. I would like to connect a lot with my two center midfielders and keep high pressure on the opposing teams defense the entire game.

What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates in soccer?

Before the game, I love to juggle long distance with my teammate Augie (Djerdjaj) and afterwards I love bonding with teammates getting a good meal.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My biggest role model has always been my grandma. She taught me to never give up, even in the darkest of times.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

I love to cuddle.

Do you plan on continuing to play soccer in college? If yes, do you have any schools in mind?

I hope to continue my soccer journey throughout college. I would like to attend a top-notch school that will make my chances of playing professionally greater.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

My favorite professional athlete is Russell Westbrook because he plays with such fierce competitiveness. He reminds me of myself. My favorite professional team is Arsenal.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a soccer game?

I love to listen to some good rap music that will get me hyped up.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

To be able to fly because I’m always stuck waiting for my mom to come pick me up somewhere.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

Hawaii because I heard it was a great experience.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

I usually don’t eat before games but afterwards I love to go to McDonald’s.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

McDonald’s because I’m in love with their food.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Twitter because there are so many funny videos I could laugh at for hours.

For a young athlete growing up in Mahopac, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the soccer program and why should they go out for the team?

I would say never take anything for granted because sooner or later your journey will be over, so make sure to always try your hardest and enjoy the little things. Also enjoy the moments you spend with your teammates and the memories that you create.

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