By Liliana Marquez
David Farias tried out for the men’s soccer team without knowing that he would set a record as part of the team.
Farias, 20, who is currently part of the men’s soccer team was intimidated after seeing so many people trying to get a spot on the team. “I didn’t want to try out. I felt intimidated but I decided to gave it a try even if I was not able to make it,” said Farias.
He has not played a lot of minutes on the field, but when he does, he takes advantage of it. “When you are in a big team like ours, you need to be patient, be humble, work hard and practice. When they give you the chance, take advantage of it,” said Farias.
His work paid off last November when ELAC faced Pasadena City College on the road. Farias was able to score three of the six goals for the Huskies. “To be honest, I always wanted to accomplish something like this, something I would never forget and that I could tell my children about. After the game my teammates congratulated me and said they were proud of me,” said Farias.
Farias found out that he had accomplished something important. Head coach Eddie Flores told the team that Farias was not only the first player to score three goals in a game for this season but also the first to have done it in three decades. “I felt surprised. I can’t even describe what I felt. I will never forget that day,” said Farias.
Farias who was born and raised in East Los Angeles started to play soccer when he was 4 years old. During his senior year at Fremont High School, he played soccer and was the team’s captain. After high school, he decided to come to ELAC because it was close to home and the school offers a friendly environment and a good athletics program. Even though he is currently on his third year of college, this is his first season as part of the men’s soccer team.
Farias believes he has the potential to become a professional soccer player and he is conscious that this career requires a lot of hard work and sacrifices. His current priority is to get an education and to become a pediatrician. “I love to help people. Sometimes you have to get away from your social life and give back to people. Seeing people smile makes me happy because I know that I’m doing my part in the community. Helping others makes me feel better,” said Farias.
For this reason, Farias has volunteered at hospitals and with PADRES Contra el Cáncer (Parents Against Canter) since he graduated from high school. Farias’s teammate and friend Brian Hoist believes that he is a very important part of the team. “Farias works as hard as he can. He is a positive person who always has something good to say to people. As a soccer player he is smart, and is just putting the goals in the net,” said Hoist.
Dean Ramos, also his friend and teammate, said, “Farias is the kind of player that every team needs in order to be successful. He is a hard worker and he is never negative.” Men’s soccer team head coach Eddie Flores said, “Farias is not a technical player but he has the will and determination. He is a hard worker and a responsible player. He is living the dream.”
Assistant coach Felipe Bernal thinks that Farias’ accomplishment was something he deserved. “The kid deserved it. He is living the moment. When he goes on the field, he makes the best of it. He is a good kid and has always shown a good image at practice and on the field,” said Bernal. “I will always remember my college experience. Soccer here is on a whole different level. A lot of people play soccer, but not a lot can say that they played have played it at a college level,” said Farias.
Farias also believes in the team and their potential to finish the season strong. “In the soccer team we respect each others talent. That’s what makes us a good team. I’m happy and I believe we have a really good team to go to playoffs and win the state championship,” said Farias.