Editor’s note: Due to a scheduling conflict, this week’s AOTW ran a week late. It is expected to return to it’s normal time next wee.
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 West Shore Christian boys soccer player Pascal Verna. After his team went 3-1 last week, the squad is keeping it on the right track so far with a 3-2 record.
During that stretch last week, Verna put up five goals against his opponents for Athlete of the Week honors.
Q: The team is currently sitting at 3-1. What do you think led to the success so far?
A: I think that our great coaching combined with the way everyone works really hard for each other has led to a pretty solid start.
Q: Anything you and the team are trying to do to keep that success rolling?
A: As long as we keep working hard and building on what we’re doing well we will continue to be successful.
Q: You play multiple sports. Is there any one particular sport that’s your favorite?
A: I definitely love soccer the best. Being able to run around the big open field, especially with the team I have, is awesome.
Q: Any teams you really like playing against?
A: I really love playing against Harrisburg Christian just ‘cause we kind of have a rivalry and it’s always a good game.
Q: Are there any pro soccer players you look up to?
A: I really like [Chelsea and Belgium national team’s] Eden Hazard’s play style ‘cause he’s quick and effective when he’s on the ball.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of soccer?
A: Outside of playing soccer I like to play basketball and just hanging out with friends.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: I think If I could do anything I’d want I’d want to test drive luxury cars because I like driving, and those cars are nice.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: I think the most inspiring person in my life is my dad because he has a really good work ethic and made sure that when I grew up I understood the importance of doing things right and to the best of my ability.