Smithfield: Sports

Aaron Lopez of Corinth Holders High to play soccer at Barton College

Parents: Melesio and Norma Lopez

High School: Corinth Holders

Club Teams: JUSA, Triangle Futbol Club Alliance

Height, Weight: 5-foot-7, 136 pounds

Also Considered: Greensboro College, Mount Olive

Why Barton? “I really liked the players there and the other incoming freshmen to the team that I met. I just have the feeling we’re going to work well together.”

Major: Business or Sports Management

Notable: Aaron is a standout midfielder for the Pirates, a four-year starter who was named Mr. Soccer in Johnston County by the Johnston United Soccer Association after his senior season. He helped lead Corinth Holders to a 20-1 record, a conference championship and the JUSA Cup title. … He was a three-time all-conference selection, a two-time all-region selection, made the all-state team his senior season and was named to the News & Observer’s all-area team after compiling 21 assists and nine goals as a senior. … Aaron finished his career with 41 assists and 19 goals and played in the State Games of North Carolina as a junior and a senior. … “I’ll always remember the players that I’ve gotten to play with here,” Aaron said of his time at Corinth Holders. … He knows he will have to work harder, get faster and stronger in order to be at his best in college.

Compiled by D. Clay Best