Somers senior Nolan Fierro was a team captain and midfielder on the varsity soccer team.
How old were you when you started playing soccer and how did you get started?
I was 5 years old and my father coached me on an AYSO team I fell in love with the game!
The team fell short of its goal of repeating as section champions but still had a great season, winning a league title along with many other big wins. How did you feel about the season overall?
It was an amazing experience! I will forever have the great memories from both on and off the field with my teammates. It has always been my wish to play for my high school during my senior year (after playing club soccer as a junior). I started playing in Somers and finished in Somers—dream come true!
What do you think are your strengths as a soccer player?
Always trying to be a team player. I believe I have the ability to anticipate what the other team is trying to do. Connecting on 10-yard or even 40-yard passes. Also my defensive abilities of shutting down the opposing team’s striker.
What will you miss the most about playing soccer for Somers?
Playing in front of my high school classmates and representing the town I grew up in.
As a senior captain on the team, how much did you value being a leader?
I loved it. It was an honor to be selected one of the team captains by my teammates.
What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?
Listening to music pregame and the postgame bus ride.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My parents. They instilled in me from a young age the importance of being respectful to my coach, teammates and my opponent. Every day they still remind me to try my best no matter what I am doing. Regarding a soccer role model, my first travel soccer coach Rui DaCosta taught me to never give up in a game no matter what the score was.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I love to play the drums in my free time.
Do you plan on playing soccer in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you pick that school?
Yes, I definitely plan on playing college soccer. I am still exploring my options.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I want to study business or marketing because I am good in math and I also enjoy working in a group atmosphere.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
My favorite athlete is Andrea Pirlo and my favorite team is Manchester United.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
The “Rocky” soundtrack and AC/DC.
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
To possess the Jedi mindset.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
Italy, because I am Italian and I’d love to see the Colosseum.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
PB&J and chicken noodle soup.
Best place to eat around Somers and why?
Bobo’s Cafe. They have great staff and I can go there for a nice breakfast and lunch. Whether it be their amazing waffles or chicken cutlet sandwich they never disappoint. Also they have the best coffee and hot chocolate in town.
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?
Instagram, keeps me up to date with my friends experiences.
For a young athlete growing up in Somers, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the soccer program and why should they go out for the team?
Somers has some of the best youth soccer coaches in the Hudson Valley. The community supports the soccer program and we currently have an amazing coach in Brian Lanzetta.