Prep sports profile: Samantha Contreras
Samantha Contreras was one of Maine South soccer's leaders this season.
Name: Samantha Contreras
Age/year in school: 18/Senior
Hometown: Des Plaines
How long have you played soccer? Since kindergarten.
What do you love most about soccer?
The thrill of being on the field playing against girls who want to fight for the ball just as much as you do. And being with my team – a group of girls that by the end of season becomes like a second family.
What are were your goals for this season? How did you achieve them?
To develop as a team and be able to get our offense going. Individually I want to improve my first touch. Lots of hard work and practice [helped] to achieve this.
What did you enjoy most this season?
Seeing everyone come together on and off the field and communicating a lot more.
Do you have any rituals or superstitions when you play?
I always have to chew a piece of Trident Spearmint gum before I play. I don't know why – I have been doing that forever.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?
My dad. He played soccer his whole life until the age of 50 and not in organized leagues sometimes. He played anywhere, with friends at the park or in his yard juggling by himself. He always played not to win but because he loved and still loves the game.
If you didn’t play soccer, what would you be doing?
Umm … I think I would have a life. I am a very active person and I always need to be doing some type of activity or sport. I think I would be a runner or something.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Mia Hamm. She is the original soccer star for women and I grew up watching her play. I find she made it possible for women like Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan [U.S. Women’s National team stars] to become stars.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside soccer?
Reading and going on long bike rides with my friends. We ride down to some local lakes or even down to Evanston beach in the summer.
Favorite quote or words to live by:
“Success isn't given. It's earned. On the track, on the field, in the gym. With blood, sweat, and the occasional tear.”
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