“I don’t put my head down until the last whistle blows.”
Mamaroneck soccer made an early first round exit from last year’s sectionals. Their Captain Fabian Chaparro thinks this year will yield better results and a 2-0 start seems to indicate that. At the same time, Fabian’s Soccer lineage is nothing to run away from and can only keep them moving in the right direction, according to their leader.
“It pretty runs through the family,” says the son of Uruguayan immigrants, “and hopefully my drive and passion helps push the team.”
At center attacker, he’s in the middle of the movement and losing half last year’s starters is not having an ill effect on their fluidity. “Our team chemistry is coming along pretty fast,” he says.
In turn, taking the lead from their captain is good way to make up the difference when trailing. “If we’re down a goal, I get more of a drive to get back in,” he says. “I don’t put my head down until the last whistle blows.”
That said, he and Mamaroneck look forward to their first meeting with White Plains. Losing two tough games to them last year, he says. “It’s a grudge match. We want to get a win on them.”
Not getting ahead of himself, he’s not sure where he’s going to college yet, but between Mamaroneck soccer and all the club teams he plays on, he’s sure the exposure will go a long way toward a spot on a collegiate roster. “I think I can get a pretty good look from a college,” he concludes.
Rich Monetti lives in Somers, New York. He graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Plattsburgh State but changed careers to journalism in 2003. When not working on features, he's honing a screenplay loosely and humorously based on Richard III, and the events that led up to his demise. You can follow him on his blog.