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Arley Ibarra: soccer is my life

By: Alyssa Hubiak Zebra Tales Reporter
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This year the Lincoln High School soccer team is in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs. They placed second place in the Pioneer Valley League, and are incredibly excited about this. It has been many years since the Fighting Zebras soccer team has made the playoffs, and this is due to great teamwork, and the hard work of all the players. One of the varsity players, Arley Ibarra is a senior this year. He made 13 goals and six assists this season, but still remains humble. He said, “Soccer is my life,” when asked what else he does outside of school. During the season, Ibarra devotes himself completely to his team, and his effort and dedication are clearly shown. Ibarra began playing soccer when he was 5. His passion has extended through the years and now he is a proud member of the Lincoln team. He said, “I wanted to help the team out.” And he did. Ibarra said he believes that if someone is interested in soccer they should come and try out, but not just for the game. He views the Fighting Zebras as more than a team. He believes the team is a great family and said, “Coach (Jason) Treanor is like … a second dad to me.” He believes that playing a sport, such as soccer, can teach great qualities such as discipline, because of the commitment and endurance necessary for any team. Also, the coaches care about the players not just for their talent, but each as a person. When seeing the team together it is obvious they care about each other, not just as players, but also as friends. It is only with the greatest trust in one another’s abilities that they could do so well this season. The members of LHS are proud of their team’s win, and many will be attending their playoff game this week. All citizens of Lincoln can be proud to have this team to represent them. Alyssa Hubiakand and Maddie Leewright are a Lincoln High School students, and members of the Zebra Tales staff