Coming off a junior soccer season that included profitable the CIF San Diego Part Open Division championship and being named part participant of the 12 months, Sophia Aragon was primed for a stellar senior season at Cathedral Catholic Excessive.
Within the age of coronavirus, nothing might be taken without any consideration.
After simply the Dons’ second recreation towards Torrey Pines this season, she felt abdomen ache. It was sufficient to note however not cease enjoying.
However the ache persevered.
At halftime towards Torrey Pines, she took herself out of the sport and went to the hospital with what turned out to be appendicitis.
“What a method to cap off senior 12 months with COVID round,” Aragon stated, laughing. “My dad and my brother have had their appendix out, so we all know what the signs are.
“I knew what it was earlier than we received to the hospital. The docs didn’t assume it was what it was.”
Aragon missed three video games throughout her two-week rehab from surgical procedure.
“No video games, no practices of any type,” she stated. “I hated it.”
The Dons are actually intact once more with their heart midfielder again on the sphere throughout a 5-0-3 begin after profitable as soon as and drawing twice throughout her absence.
As a junior, Aragon collected 14 objectives and 17 assists, together with two assists within the Open Division remaining towards Carlsbad in a 3-1 victory. Cathedral completed with a 23-3-3 document.
“She was exhausting to overlook proper off the bat,” Dons coach Daybreak Lee stated. “Every year she has grow to be an integral participant and a greater chief.
“She was prepared made that means when she received right here, however the good factor is she continues to get higher.”
Not solely did the 5-foot-8 Aragon lose time on the soccer pitch, she additionally missed time on the monitor workforce.
The 200- and 400-meter runner who additionally runs a leg of the 400 relay and the 1,600 relay was prohibited from all operating after surgical procedure.
“Having no monitor final spring was exhausting,” the resident of Escondido stated of final 12 months’s COVID-canceled season. “If you play a number of sports activities, you learn to get all of your schoolwork accomplished and present up for apply on the proper time.”
Aragon can also be enjoying now for SoCal Blues in Irvine, her journey ball soccer workforce.
Whereas her time in monitor is restricted to this spring, Aragon might nicely spend a while operating monitor subsequent season in faculty in addition to enjoying soccer.
Aragon is headed to Arkansas within the Southeastern Convention.
“I’ve no household down there,” stated Aragon, the youngest of 4 siblings. “I might be sort of by myself. I wished one thing fully totally different than what I’ve right here.
“I’m prepared. I’ve been dreaming about this for a very long time, nevertheless it was exhausting to inform my mother I used to be leaving dwelling.”
Arkansas was not her favourite going into the recruiting course of.
“I by no means deliberate on Arkansas,” she stated. “I really thought it was pronounced Ar-Kansas, however the recruiting journey to Fayetteville, a university city, gained me over.
“It had every little thing I used to be in search of after I determined I wished out of California for some time. It simply felt like the suitable place.”
Aragon plans to main in journalism with a watch towards turning into a broadcaster.
Or she would possibly make a profession working behind the digicam as a substitute of in entrance of it.
“I want I might take my buddies with me to Arkansas, however that’s why I wished to begin recent,” Aragon stated. “I’ll miss the Cathedral group.”
The part-time surfer already has been requested some fascinating questions in her transient time in Arkansas.
“My Arkansas teammates can’t consider somebody from California would come there,” Aragon stated. “They all the time ask me if I do know anybody well-known.”
Simply final 12 months’s CIF participant of the 12 months.
Monahan is a contract author for The San Diego Union-Tribune.