- July 26, 2018
Wins haven’t come easy for the Ocoee varsity girls soccer team this season, but that hasn’t stopped senior forward Taylor Gonsalves from staying positive and leading by example for her teammates. Gonsalves, a captain for the Knights, has been a leader for coach Kayla Gans’ team on and off the field this winter.
I don’t see the losses as a negative. I mean, I like being around the girls; and I like playing soccer. I just take it one game a time.
Of course — I try to be as positive as possible, wherever I am. I think it’s better for me, and it’s better for everyone.
I like playing club — it’s more fast-paced ball than high school, and your teams aren’t as stacked.
I’ve been playing soccer since I was 6, and I started at the (Ocoee) Rec Center. My dad coached me, and it was coed teams. My dad started a club teams and I was on it — I was the only girl on an all-boys team. Only like two years ago did I start playing on girls teams.
You learn how to body, definitely. Boys, the game is definitely more fast-paced. The ball moves quicker on the field, it moves back-and-forth faster.
My favorite soccer player is Cristiano Ronaldo — that’s my husband. He’s Portuguese and I’m Portuguese, so he’s my favorite. … He’s very technical. He’s kind of a leader in the soccer world. I like his style of play.
He said “If you put your mind to it, anything can happen.”
I want to study psychology and health sciences — I think I’m going to double-major. I want to be a physician’s assistant.