Soccer player lauded

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Last month, Delta College recognized women’s soccer player Monica Arroyo as Mustang of the Month for her outstanding performance on the field, scoring five goals in October.

“Monica is one of the most explosive players in the conference with her speed and is finding ways to make an impact despite being identified and tightly man mark in every match,” according to the Delta Athletics site.

The 24-year-old freshman said she gives her all to the team, which keeps this wild horse galloping toward victory.

Winning is a team effort, but individual players’ attitude plays a role in success as well.

“I give it my all to help my team. I don’t quit. I play hard till the whistle blows,” said Arroyo in an email interview.

That determination was demonstrated when Arroyo drew a penalty during a team win over Sacramento City College on Nov. 1

Arroyo credits hard work to her talent.

“I train hard at practice. I treat each practice like a game. I give it my all and fix any mistakes my coach tells me,” she said.

Arroyo said there is no strategy in particular that is part of her success other than getting out there and playing with her heart.

“My hard work shows on the field but sometimes I have better days than others but I see improvement in each game I play,” she said.

Arroyo and the team’s hard work has earned the Mustangs a spot in the regional playoffs, which begin on Saturday, Nov. 23.

“I can’t predict the future but I think my team is good but there is always room to improve and be better,” said Arroyo.