OKEECHOBEE — Fort Pierce Central ruined the Lady Brahman senior night with a 6-0 victory in girls soccer action Wednesday at Brahman Stadium.
The Lady Brahmans (6-13-1) survived a heavy rain shower in the first half but couldn’t get anything going against the Cobras (5-10-1) on the offensive side of the ball.
Fort Pierce led 4-0 at halftime. The match was played in front of 75 brave Okeechobee fans.
Seniors honored at their final home game included Valerie Alvarez, Karina Diaz, Maria Fernanda Grisales, Jeri Sharpe and Marisol Solis. Also honored was scorekeeper Daylin Walker.
Grisales earned a yellow card for aggressive defense late in the match.
“It definitely wasn’t my highlight but I made memories I’ll never forget and some stories that are unbelievable,” she noted.
Grisales intends to study law at Oklahoma State University next year. She would like to pursue a career in corporate law. She immigrated to America from Columbia and as a result has always had an interest in immigration law.
Grisales said she had a lot of fun playing soccer and built some close bonds with her teammates that can never be broken.
“It was a great experience and it was so much fun playing with these girls. Senior night was just saying goodbye to the girls and goodbye to the field. I will cherish it.”
Alvarez said senior night was kind of sad but exciting at the same time. She said the match was quite physical and that some of the players on both teams weren’t as nice as they could have been, “I will miss these girls but I’m excited to get on with my life and get past high school.”
Alvarez said she thinks the future of the girls soccer program is bright because they have a lot of young and talented players. “I know they can always do better in the years to come and we are always improving.”
This was the first year Alvarez played high school soccer. She debated whether to play club soccer last summer and finally decided to give it a try. She said Okeechobee Club soccer really helped her to improve her soccer skills.
“I was afraid I wouldn’t be good enough and not make the team. I gained a lot from club soccer and I made a lot of improvements this year.”
Alvarez said soccer motivated her to do better in school and to be a better person in general.
Alvarez plans to study to become a pediatric oncology nurse and intends to work in a children’s hospital one day. “I’ve always been interested in health care and diseases like cancer. I always have wanted to help people and I’ve been taking care of kids for a long time.”
Charles M. Murphy is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News