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Athlete of the Week: Mike Goncalves

Ludlow, MASS—It’s no secret as to the sustained success Ludlow boys soccer has had over the years. The phrase history repeats itself is often thrown around as a casual cliche. In the case, however, with junior forward Mike Goncalves, it’s his history that has helped in maintaining the Lions’ prominence.

“My dad played here before, my brother played here, I had a cousin on the team last year before that and a couple cousins down the road,” Goncalves said, “Just playing every single day for all my life and being Portugeuse and watching soccer gets me so hyped up.”

Much like his family before him, Goncalves carries the generational qualities for his fire, emotion and toughness on the soccer field.

“I play my heart out every single game no matter what. I put my heart out for the team and I think it shows,” Goncalves said, “I always put my best effort for everyone and I hope they know that too.”

For the Lions coaching staff, Goncalvez’s long-awaited arrival has been everything they expected it be.

“I’ve known Mikey for a long time, since he the early days when he was eight, nine years old.” Coach Greg Kolodziey said, “Coming to soccer camp and playing ball with his dad. I’ve gotten to know the family well. We’ve been waiting for him for a while to come to high school and he’s done a lot of good things.”

So when your family has been synonymous with something for so long, you’re dad probably shares few stories here and there. There is certainly no doubt as to which classic resonates with the Goncalves family.

“My dad told me one time they were playing in the gym and Coach Magnaro took a shot right off his face. He had the imprint of the ball stuck in his face for a couple days. I always hear different stories about how it was when they played and stuff like that. I like hearing stories like that.”

Nothing like classic memories that build the foundation of a family. Now that family aims to maintain the foundation of Ludlow boys’ soccer.

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