[Editor's Note: The following information was received by Patch from the Woodside High School athletic department, and is reprinted here.]
Woodside High School’s Athlete of the Week is Jill Aguilera, a sophomore playing her second year of varsity soccer for the Wildcats.
Aguilera led Woodside to a 7-0 victory over Sequoia High School on Thursday afternoon, scoring two goals while providing two assists.
Woodside’s head coach, Jose Navarette said, “Jill showed great hustle all game long and is a persistent leader on the Wildcats squad.”
Although Jill Aguilera is only a sophomore, she is a veteran of the CCS Co-Championship team from last year.
Jill said the team has set that goal again for 2014, hoping to build upon what is becoming a very impressive soccer program at Woodside, with teams perennially competitive in the CCS and moving players onto Division I programs. Although Woodside lost its first match in more than a year to Carlmont on Tuesday, the Wildcats look to avenge that loss on February 6th .
In the long term Jill hopes to be one of those Woodside athletes playing soccer at the Division I level, and she has already caught the eye of college recruiters. Jill will be taking recruiting trips to the University of Arizona and Arizona State, however given her 3.5 GPA and athletic talent there will be more schools looking at Aguilera.
Jill was a relatively late comer to the competitive world of women’s soccer, beginning play in the 4th grade with one year of AYSO, and competing for the Redwood City Juventus club team since.
She credits Coach Martha from Juventus with providing a strong mentorship and motivating her to pursue the sport with a passion.
Aguilera realizes her soccer career will not last forever, and given her interest in Advanced Biology at Woodside, she hopes to eventually become a forensic psychologist.