Bishop McGuinness’ Samantha Guzman – Player Spotlight Presented by Harley-Davidson World

Bishop McGuinness sophomore Samantha Guzman says has played soccer since she was four years old. She says that soccer runs in her family, and that is apparent considering how young she was when she was first introduced to the sport.

“As a matter of fact, I was actually three days old when my crazy family took me to the soccer field to watch big sis play,” said Guzman.

Guzman’s primary position on the field is attacking midfielder but also occasionally plays forward. She enjoys competing for her team and looks forward to one moment in particular during games.

“What I like most about competing for McGuinness and the community would be the opportunity to get to play in front of family, school, and excited crowds,” she said. “But my favorite part of it all is getting to see Sister Sanchez’ face, a loud spirit at every home game.”

Guzman is very proud of the work she and her team have put into their season so far and she has her eyes on the prize when thinking of the season’s end.

“So far the season has been going very well, but always room for improvements,” she said. “We are currently undefeated in district and of course our goal is to bring the state championship trophy home!”

Guzman is a driven individual who keeps her motivations in mind when on the field.

“Without God nothing would be possible,” she said. “When people say I can’t accomplish something, it motivates me to prove them wrong. I just want to make my family proud and play for those who don’t get the chance to.”

One person in particular who Guzman looks up to is her older sister.

“One person who has taught me a lot and inspires me daily is my big sis Cenayda,” she said. “Ever since I can remember, she has always been there for me. CC has always had a deep passion for soccer. Her motivation and hard work inspires me. She always pushed me to be the best player I can be. I wouldn’t be the player and teammate I am without my family being my number one supporters.”

After high school Guzman hopes to earn a scholarship to play soccer in college where she will study to become a pediatrician.