Nick Aquino’s love for soccer came through an introduction to the sport from his father. Having played now for more than ten years, Aquino’s competitive spirit keeps him engaged in the game.
“I just love how competitive it is,” Aquino says of soccer. “I love how…players are in and out and you see new types of players. It’s a great community to be in.”
As one who enjoys the defensive side of the game, the senior at JSerra Catholic High School has played mainly center back for the Lions. Aquino’s commitment to building himself to be a better player keeps him focused on his goals.
“For soccer right now, I put in the hardest work I could ever do,” says Aquino. “Always be dedicated to the things you put work into, because if not, then how will you [get] anywhere?”
The three-time captain for the Lions prides himself on leading by example, setting the tone for his teammates.
“If I work hard, then my players will also follow me,” says the 17-year-old. “But not only that, I lead them by communicating to them and always being the voice. I talk to them, encourage them, no matter if we’re winning or losing, always keeping a high spirit.”
In his final year with the Lions, Aquino admits he will miss his coaches and credits them with helping him get to where he is today as a player. And the feeling is mutual, as the JSerra boys soccer program will miss Aquino when he heads to Concordia University, Irvine in the fall to play soccer for the Eagles.
“Nicholas has been a blessing the last four years for JSerra High School and the boys soccer program,” says JSerra boys soccer head coach, Erik Kirsch. “He has been an example of hard work and perseverance in accomplishing his dream to play college soccer. Nick also leads off the field as well by being a role model to the younger players through his example of serving those in need. Concordia University, Irvine will be gaining a remarkable young man.”
At Concordia, the Dana Point resident plans on studying business entrepreneurship with the eventual goal of starting his own business. Aquino’s faith continues to be an integral part of all aspects of his life.
“God is a huge part of my life, especially going to JSerra, I feel my faith [has been] strengthened throughout my four years there,” says Aquino. “I feel that God is always on my side.”
As he takes the next step in his soccer career, Aquino is grateful to his parents for their unwavering support.
“My parents always have pushed me from the time I started soccer,” says Aquino. “They know the way that I work…and they always support me, no matter what my ambitions are. They have always been there no matter what.”