Corinth Holders senior Aaron Lopez leads the 2014-15 Johnston United Soccer Association’s all-Johnston County boys soccer team. Lopez was named Mr. Soccer for 2014-15 and will receive a college scholarship from the Johnston United Soccer Association.
“JUSA is very proud to announce the inaugural JUSA Mr. Soccer Award as well as JUSA High School Boys All-County Team for 2014,” said JUSA Director of Coaching Education and Chair of the Selection Committee, Keith Jenkins. “The committee had some very tough decisions to make in the selection process, but overall we are thrilled to be able to add another opportunity for soccer players in Johnston County to be recognized. We would like to congratulate all of the award winners.”
Lopez, who will make his college playing decision in the next couple of weeks, helped lead Corinth Holders to its most successful season in school history, going 20-1 and capturing the JUSA Cup championship and the Two Rivers 3A Conference championship.
The midfielder totaled 21 assists and nine goals on the season, earning all-state and all-region honors from the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association. He was also the Two Rivers 3A Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
He talked with sports editor D. Clay Best about the honor and his memorable senior season in the purple and gold.
Q. What does an award like Mr. Soccer mean to you?
A. “It’s an honor. I never really thought I’d be able to win something like this. When I found out about it, I was shocked. Really blessed and grateful.”
Q. What was special to you about this year?
A. “My team. We all grew up together; most of us grew up together, most of us playing soccer together since we were little. We all had high hopes of a state championship, obviously that didn’t work out the way we wanted to obviously. But it was a great season; we had a lot of fun. There’s no other way I’d rather go out.”
Q. Where did you feel you were a better soccer player this year, compared to previous seasons?
A. “I feel like I was little bit more mature and focused on my team other than myself.”
Q. How did your team make you a better player this year?
A. “They picked me up when I was down. They helped me when I was in tough situations. If anything bad ever happened on the field, they always had my back.”
Q. You’re going off to college to play. What does that mean to you?
A. “It’s an exciting opportunity, one I’ve worked really hard for. I’m just thankful for the experience I’ve had at Corinth Holders and the coaches and teammates I’ve had over the years who have helped make that dream a reality.”