Sophomore experiences soccer on new level


As a part of a keep away-drill used to improve passing skills, Miguel Saavedra dribbles around Nate Sherwood during practice Dec. 18. Photo by Blake Wong.

Miguel Saavedra is currently in his 10th year of soccer. Saavedra moved to Rocklin from San Jose in August 2016. That same year, Saavedra started on the JV soccer team as a forward and scored seven goals throughout the season. This year, Saavedra is a starter on varsity and has two goals within the first five games of the season.

“Being on varsity shows me that I am better than most of the kids my age and that makes me want to work even harder so that I can become the best,” Saavedra said.

His 10 years of experience at PAC Atlas Fc, Rocklin Fc and in the program here have helped him gain an edge over his competitors.

Currently, he is the only sophomore on the varsity team.

“Even though I am the only underclassman, I get along with everyone equally,” Saavedra said.

Coach Joel Williams recognizes Saavedra as a great player but an even better person.

“Miguel is one of the most kind-hearted people you will ever meet. The boys have quickly acclimated to him, and he has done the same to them. Playwise, he can do some great things with his feet, and he’s a fantastic finisher,” Williams said.

Saavedra’s dream is to make it to the college level and then to play professionally back in his hometown of San Jose after.

Saavedra said, “I’ve been working super hard and I think that I’ll be able to make it to the next level. I’d love to follow in my brother’s footsteps and attend Oregon State.”