By Steve Millar

De La Salle forward Adrian Munoz grew up playing basketball, but his family eventually pulled him toward soccer.

“I had a lot of family members who played soccer, and I was the odd man out always playing basketball,” Munoz said. “In seventh grade, my stepdad got me into soccer. Ever since, I’ve been moving away from basketball and focusing more and more on soccer.”

Since he has less experience on the pitch than most of his competitors, the junior knows he has to work even harder.

“I’ve been practicing almost every day,” Munoz said. “I’ve been trying to become a better player.

“The whole grind of trying to get better is what made me love the sport. The more I play it, the more I love it. I’m hoping to have a future with soccer and play in college.”

Before any of that happens, Munoz is looking forward to a successful senior season this fall. The Meteors are coming off an 8-14 finish in 2017.

“I want to bring some trophies to De La Salle,” Munoz said. “This year, we got a playoff win and got to a regional final for the first time since I’ve been here.

“Unfortunately, we had to play (eventual 2A state champion) Solorio in the final, and it was a tough game. We’re going to learn from that and come out ready to do big things this season.”

For big things to happen, Munoz will need to be one of the guys leading the way.

“We’re graduating a lot of seniors,” Munoz said. “So we will only have a couple seniors on the team, and we need to help set a good example for the younger guys. I want to be a good leader for my school and our team.”

De La Salle played in the PepsiCo Showdown for the first time last fall, and that is one event Munoz is already looking forward to competing in again.

“Last year, we expected to get some really tough competition,” he said. “We played pretty well.

“We got a win against St. Joseph, then had a tough loss against St. Edward, which finished third in Class 1A. We bounced back to beat Evergreen Park, though.

“It’s great to see different teams in the PepsiCo Showdown. Some of them I had never even heard of before. They play different styles than the teams we normally play. It’s really cool to play in the event.”

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