Throughout the 2017-18 high school sports season, we will name a weekly Sentinel Athlete of the Week every Monday night highlighting the on-field performances of some of the area’s best high school competitors.
This week’s athlete is Camp Hill boys soccer player Dylan Mayanja. The junior notched a pair of goals in Saturday’s PIAA Class 1A final game against Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, including the game-winner in OT to nab the 3-2 win and the Lions’ second consecutive state crown.
Mayanja ends the season with an impressive 21 goals and 57 points.
Q: You tallied the game-winner to get your team another state crown. Are you still in disbelief?
A: Yes, it felt amazing scoring the game-winner. I’m still surprised I scored the game-winning goal.
Q: Is there anything from that game that will stick with you, aside from your game-winner?
A: I will never forget scoring the penalty kick at the end of the first half to make it 2-0. Scoring in such an important game is just an unbelievable feeling.
Q: What was the atmosphere like in the locker room after the win?
A: The locker room was filled with laughter and happiness. It was nice to see the seniors enjoy their last win ever in high school soccer.
Q: How did the team celebrate that night?
A: Everyone just relaxed after the win. It’s been a long season and we just needed to soak in the fact that we won in the state finals.
Q: Are there any memorable stories from the season that you’ll never forget?
A: I will never forget the 2-0 win we had against Middletown this season. It was an intense match and I had the two goals in that game. Everyone was hyped and playing their best soccer. It felt nice winning 2-0 against Middletown.
Q: What’s in store for you now that the season has come to an end?
A: I’m going to start focusing on club soccer again. And then high school so we can make it a three-peat.
Q: Do you have a favorite winter sport?
A: I love playing basketball in the winter at the YMCA.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of soccer?
A: Outside of soccer I hang out with my friends a lot and play basketball a lot.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: I would love to work in the medical field because I enjoy helping people out and I like science.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: My mom inspires me the most in my life because she motivates me to become a better person everyday.
Q: Do you have a quote or saying that you live by?
A: “ See something, believe in it and go get it.” — Inky Johnson