Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Sergio Garcia – Green Bay Preble boys’ soccer
By Murray Gleffe
Name: Sergio Garcia
Activity: Boys’ soccer
Sergio Garcia was a member of the Green Bay Preble boys’ soccer team this spring.
He led the Hornets to a sectional final berth where they fell one goal short of going to the WIAA Division 1 state tournament.
Garcia said Premier League games are his favorite to watch.
He has biked numerous trails in the Green Bay Metro area and likes to jet ski in the summer.
Who was the quietest person on your team?
What’s your most embarrassing soccer moment?
“When I was about 12, I was dropping back to support on defense and got in the way of my teammate’s clearance of the ball. When it happened, the ball slammed into my face and went into our own goal.”
If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you would do?
“I would give some of the money to my parents to help pay off anything they might owe. They sacrificed lots for me to play club soccer, as well as all the hotels and food we got on trips.”
How many times can you head the ball to yourself without letting it hit the ground?
“Probably about 50. Not to say I couldn’t go more, but it would get a little boring after a while.”
A week in Thailand or Ireland?
“Ireland. I’ve seen photos of the beautiful lands off the coast of the water.”
Talk about a frustration from this past year.
“It was the loss of motivation from doing schoolwork at home. It was part of the reason I went back to in-person school.”
If you could be somebody for a day, who would it be?
“To be any professional soccer player in a big league, so I can experience what they go through daily.”
What’s something about you most people don’t know?
“I’m not a big fan of running, even though it was one of the crucial parts of my position.”
What do you think you’ll be doing 10 years from now?
“Working as an architectural engineer.”
Talk about a time you helped somebody.
“I advised teammates younger than me. They can use what I told them and figure out a way to improve during their later years of high school.”
What two words describe you?
Talk about your family heritage and culture.
“My dad originally is from Mexico and moved here when he was about 20. My mom was born and raised in the United States. Her background consists of a couple of different cultures, including Canadian, French, Belgian and one or two more.”
What’s the greatest piece of advice you were told by a teacher?
“You’re better off trying than not trying at all.”
What are your favorite phone apps?
“TikTok or Snapchat.”
Who’s your favorite soccer player?
“Philippe Coutinho, who currently plays for Barcelona and the Brazilian national team. When I watch him play, he reminds me of how I would play in real life.”
Favorite game played in a Green Bay Preble uniform?
“The game against Bay Port for the regional championship in 2019. It was a constant battle back and forth. In the end, it was me scoring the game-winning penalty kick for a (5-4) win.
How do you define success?
“It’s the ability to reach your goals in life no matter what those goals might be.”
Subjects: Math, science
Colors: Mint, bluish-green
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