Soccer is a passion for an Eduardo (Eddy) Diaz, an incoming Columbus High senior. Diaz has played since middle school, both on a school team and on a club team.
This past school year the Columbus team won district, regional and the state championship. For all the schools prowess in sports, this is Columbus’ first soccer state championship.
Diaz said he expects the team to be equally good this year.
“Most of the same kids will be back,” he said. “We only had a couple of seniors leave.”
Soccer takes up much of his free time because he has to practice and play for both the school team and the Real Madrid club team. The club team is also strong and he expects them to also do well this year. The team travels to tournaments as far away as North Carolina and also plays at local parks. They practice at Tamiami Park.
While he hopes to play Division I soccer at a university, like UCLA, he hasn’t decided anything yet. He’s talked to some college coaches and his coaches have talked to others, but he’s not ready to sign a letter of intent.
“I’m waiting to see what happens this year,” Diaz said.
He does manage to get in some community service by participating in team fundraisers.
“For whatever we are doing at that moment,” he said. “If we are going to travel, we will have a car wash.”
He helped out a friend’s mom at her school by doing filing. He also volunteered at his mother’s legal office by answering phones. “We also have fundraiser for breast cancer. A car wash,” he said.
“We each get 10 tickets and then we have to sell all those tickets. We clean cars.”
The money raised at those fundraisers goes to help out a teammate’s mother.
— Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld