One particular loss was far more than ample for Fernando Castro and the Russellville boys soccer staff.
An April 1 decline to Siloam Springs felt like a cruel April Fool’s joke, ending what was a 10- start off to the season.
Russellville would go undefeated in excess of the next two months, with a 3-3 tie versus Van Buren being the lone blemish.
Castro led the way for the Cyclones with 39 objectives and 10 assists, and was named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Preps Boys Soccer Participant of the Calendar year.
Castro was joined in the All-Arkansas Preps honors by goalkeeper Noe Jimenez, a 2nd-workforce range, and sophomores KyJuan Martinez and Arius Garcia, both equally choices for the all-underclassmen staff.
The Cyclones experienced four shutouts in the Class 5A condition match, amassing a 15- goal differential on their way to the condition title. In the closing, they defeated Van Buren and 2021 All-Arkansas Preps player of the yr Pedro Rodriguez.
It was a handful of weeks afterwards although doing the job on a flooring for his father Israel’s household transforming organization that Castro first read he had gained the participant of the calendar year award. A state of shock overtook him as he was explained to.
Castro has been encouraging his father rework residences since soon immediately after going to Arkansas in the sixth quality. He explained it has supplied him a great deal of lifestyle lessons, and also a several issues to maintain about his buddies and teammates — like recognizing how to function the various gear about the perform internet site.
“Some of my close friends would occur inquire to do the job with us and then when they go there wouldn’t know how to do a single detail,” Castro reported.
Castro spent the spring of 2020 planning for his significant shot. He was established to be a starter for the Cyclones, getting gotten just a flavor of what playing on varsity felt like the period before. He expended most of his freshman period observing from the bench as the varsity squad, together with 2019-20 Gatorade condition player of the year Dylan Rice, won the condition championship.
But when covid-19 hit, Castro had to put his aspiration of setting up for the Cyclones on maintain.
In the initial period back again, Castro explained he viewed it as a rebuilding yr. Instead, Russellville exceeded those people anticipations and created it to the condition title recreation from Van Buren. They shed the match 2-1, but Castro said it gave he and his teammates the assurance they could gain a title of their have.
“When we dropped that sport, absolutely everyone adjusted,” Castro claimed. “We instructed just about every other we would be back again in the very same circumstance. We were being likely to be back again and earn it.”
Main the way to Russellville’s state championship this period was Mentor Jared Fuller, Castro explained.
“He’s a actually significant vital. He’s taught me a bunch given that my freshman year,” Castro mentioned. “If he wasn’t a part of our staff, then we wouldn’t have a effective time above the past two decades.”