Yorktown senior Mauricio Arango is a team captain and the starting goalie on the Huskers’ varsity boys soccer team.
How old were you when you started playing soccer and how did you get started?
I was around 5 years old. My dad and my brother both played so it’s a cultural thing in my house to play soccer.
What do you think are your strengths as a soccer player?
I’m very focused and that helps me cut mistakes out of my game. I’m also really intense so I feel that it helps me play well.
As a senior on the team this year, how do you see your role as a leader?
I know I have a big role and a big impact on how the underclassmen are going to lead when they get to their senior year. So I try to lead by example and be the best possible teammate.
What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?
Getting together at team dinners before every home game is a lot of fun and the huddle right before the whistle is something I look forward to. We’re all ready to go and there’s a lot of excitement.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My mom and dad. They’ve been really supportive in everything I’ve done. I know that no matter what I’ll come home and they’ll have my back but they’re also brutally honest with me so it’s refreshing to hear the truth even if it’s unpleasant.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I speak Spanish.
What does it mean to be able to play for Yorktown?
It’s definitely an honor to be able to play in such a spirited community that encourages athletes to do well.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I’m torn at the moment. I may go into the medical field or education.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
David De Gea is my favorite athlete. He plays for English Club Manchester United which is also my favorite soccer team.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
I usually listen to EDM music because it pumps me up but I also listen to some rap.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
Flying, I’d just like to take off and go wherever I want whenever.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
Germany or Argentina. I’d just like to go with my dad and brother to catch a couple of professional soccer matches.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
Before games I usually eat any type of pasta and after I’ll eat almost anything. I just need to eat.
Best place to eat in Yorktown and why?
You can’t go wrong with a super whacky from Dante’s in the morning or Nonna’s because I work for them.
What advice would you give to a young soccer player growing up in Yorktown?
Stick with soccer even though other sports may seem interesting like lacrosse. There’s a reason why soccer is the most played sport in the world.