Folsom Athlete of the Week: Miguel Medina

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Through six games this season, all victories for Folsom Lake College men’s soccer team, sophomore forward Miguel Medina has scored eight goals to lead the entire state in scoring.

Medina, a 2016 graduate of Cordova High, also has an assist on the season. Four of his six goals have also been game-winning goals. He’s scored at least one goal for each of the games the Falcons have played, including a hat trick in a 4-1 win over Feather River on Aug. 30.

“Miguel has always been good going forward,” Folsom Lake College soccer coach Justin Johnson said. “He was our most deadly scorer when he was in the lineup two years ago. He’s a hard worker, and good at every aspect; he’s fast, strong for his size, and outworks his opponent. He takes the chances that he gets.”


Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans after Folsom Lake College?

Miguel Medina: After FLC, I plan to have my Associates degree and transfer to a four-year college to continue my soccer career and get the degree that I want.


FT: Do sports run in your family?

MM: Yes, my whole family loves soccer. My dad used to play soccer throughout his whole life and I have uncles that have actually played pro soccer. Other than me, one of my younger sister plays as well, and she is very talented.


FT: How long have you been playing soccer and how did you get your start in it?

MM: My whole life basically, if you see me in pictures as a baby, I would always have a soccer ball with me. I played in my first soccer team at 3 years old and ever since then my dad kept me going and always kept me busy on the ball.


FT: What do you like about soccer?

MM: Soccer is a very emotional game, players put their whole mind, heart, and soul into the game. That’s what I love about it; its such a passionate game and also the camaraderie and brotherhood that comes with it your team becomes your family.


FT: How was your soccer career at Cordova? Did you have individual and/or team success? What year did you graduate?

MM: I started at Cordova in 2012 and graduated the year of 2016. Playing at Cordova was an incredible experience. I got moved up to varsity at a very young age, and even at that age I was considered a leader on the team. We had amazing seasons from my sophomore year to my senior year. We would make it to playoffs every year.


FT: You are off to an outstanding start to your season, leading the state in goals scored. What do you attribute your success to?

MM: First and foremost, I would like to say my team and the coaching staff we have. We have all worked very hard all throughout summer and preseason they always put me in great scoring positions on the field, and I just think our work ethic has really put us on top.


FT: Have you always been a goal scorer? What do you feel are the strengths to your game?

MM: Yes, as a child I always played the striker position. I have always played in an attacking position on the field and have contributed a lot to the attack. I would say my strengths are my work ethic on the field, my speed, and my ability to place the ball in the net.


FT: How did your freshman soccer season in 2016 at Folsom Lake College go?

MM: For being Folsom Lake men’s soccer’s second ever season, I think it went really well. We had a lot of obstacles we had to overcome so I can say it gave me both physical and mental experience and strength.


FT: What are your goals for this season?

MM: For this season the team as whole wants to make it to the final four and win state. I think we really owe that to our coach. As my personal goal, I want to keep my position as leading the state in goals and points.


FT: Have you ever been involved in any other sports?

MM: When I was younger, football teams would want me to play for them because of my speed, but I always stayed focused on what I knew I loved and what would benefit me in the future.


FT: What is your favorite class at FLC?

MM: My favorite class is history. It’s a subject that I have always found interesting.


FT: Favorite music?

MM: I mostly listen to hip hop, but I do really enjoy Latin music and even country at times, haha.


FT:  Favorite Food?

MM: My favorite food is definitely Mexican food! I’m lucky enough for my mom to cook it everyday.


FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.

MM: Yes, I have two dogs; one is a sweet Chihuahua mixed with a poodle, her name is chispita, Spanish for little spark. The other one is just such a goof ball. He is a lab mixed with a husky. He looks like a lab and is the size of a husky; all black with a curled up tail like a husky with a white stripe down his face. He has baby blue eyes his name is Dom, short for Domino.


FT: Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

MM: I love going on hikes to the river or lake, hanging out with friends and family and going to the gym and go out to get extra training on the soccer field.


FT: What inspires you in sports?

MM: I see how hard my parents work everyday. If my dad can work seven days a week just to put food on the table for my sisters and I, I just work hard to one day be able to give back to them. I love them.


FT: Is there a particular job or profession you’d like to have after college?

MM: Yes, I am majoring in business and planning to transfer to a four-year and get into construction management to start my own business.