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Millan’s goal per game average helps land Mustangs in the playoffs

Vicky Millan takes the ball down the soccer field

Vicky Millan takes the ball down the soccer field into the attack. She scored 14 goals in 13 regular season games. Photo by Jose Cuevas.


COLUMN
By MALIK POWELL

Posted May 3, 2013

Most high school girls soccer forwards score three-to-five times in a year. This is not true for Vicky Millan, a senior, Foothill High's captain and PVL leading scorer.

Currently, Millan is averaging 1.077 points per game. In soccer, that's good. Really good. Her 14 goals and four assists in just 13 games played leads her team and the league.

But she's more than just a great player. She's a leader on and off the field, always pushing her friends and teammates to be the best that they can be. While scoring goals is nice, there are other ways to lead in a sport such as soccer.

"Vicky is not only an amazing player; she's an amazing person with a big heart." That's what Tiffany Ortiz, another senior and one of Millan's teammates said when asked about her. Vicky leads the way by her knowledge of the game, and her care for her teammates as people. She's not as outspoken as the leaders of other teams, but when she does speak, she is listened to out of respect.

She also can lead by example. A good work ethic is an invaluable and unmistakable trait in a captain. Similar to me and other sports captains around campus, Vicky never wants to come off the field. She plays even when injured, and pushes herself to her limits in practice and games.

"You're student-athletes. Student comes first," said Bill Lum, athletic director for Foothill High and head wrestling coach. This statement is true to all athletes, and is also true to Millan. She's smart, and has always been eligible for sports, but she will tell you her grades could be better. Yet she maintains a 2.0 GPA, making her eligible for college play. She is currently being recruited by all the local colleges.

"I plan to go play at ARC for two years," said Millan when asked about college, "then transfer to Sac State and play there."

While one player can have quite an impact, soccer is a team sport, which means the rest of the team has to be good enough to get their stars into a position to score. The soccer team is doing well this year, qualifying for the playoffs by winning its last regular season game, a 1-0 must-win against Center. Millan is normally a center midfielder, but the team needed her as a forward, playing as a striker.

"She's the ultimate team player," said Foothill's head varsity coach, Harley Savauge. "She will do anything to help the team.

"In my 12 years at Foothill, Vicky is one of the best girls soccer players I have ever coached," Savauge continued. "She has excellent skill, and can decide a match with a single free-kick. She's mentally tough."

malik.powell@fhspress.com


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