Meet the Athlete: Aliviah McClinton


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Senior Aliviah McClinton fights for the ball in the game against BSM. Due to the game the soccer teams record is now 5-3-2.

Sofia Seewald

 What do you like most about playing soccer?

I like the competition and it’s a hard-working sport — you have to put in a lot of effort.


How long have you been playing soccer?

I think I started in third or fourth grade.


Why did you decide to start playing soccer?

I was friends with Emma Roloff, and she played soccer so I wanted to try it and I happened to be really good.


What position do you play? Have you played any other position?

(I play) center-forward. My high school coach has played me at left-back and defense (but) I don’t really like (those positions).


How has your season been going so far?

It’s been pretty good. We’ve been winning quite a bit, which is good.


What has been the hardest part of this season?

Getting everyone focused at practice is a big struggle because the culture of the team is way different from when I was a sophomore on the team.


Who is your role model in soccer and why?

Malaika (Bigirindavyi). She was a senior two years ago and also captain. I feel like we play similar. We both are very technical and like to dribble. She is playing in college right now and that’s my plan for next year. (Bigirindavyi is) someone I look up to, that I actually relate to.


What is an element of your game that you plan to improve on going forward?

My game awareness, just knowing where I am and where my teammates are on the field. If I learn my game awareness I could be an even better player.


What are you hoping to achieve this season?

Individually I hope to get some sort of state recognition; that would be cool for my last season, maybe All Conference. I’m not expecting all these awards though.