Athlete of the Week: Aida Bell, Horizon girls soccer

In her senior season, Aida Bell, a Centre College girls soccer signee, has continued to add to her already-special legacy at Horizon

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When this season is over, Aida Bell will go down as the best girls soccer player in Horizon High School’s history. She has been the program’s leader both as a captain in each of the program’s three seasons and in on-field production, dishing out more than 70 assists and 31 goals for the Hawks. 

Bell’s outstanding play for Horizon has earned her a spot for the past two seasons — and probably again this season — on the All-Metro West Conference team and for her club team, she was recognized by earning a spot on the ECNL-RL All-Florida team for the 2022-23 season. Bell will continue her soccer career at Centre College in Kentucky next season, after signing her National Letter of Intent earlier this month. 

The Basics

Age: 18

Sport: Girls soccer

Grade: Senior

School: Horizon

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How does it feel to be named Athlete of the Week?

 (I’m) very proud and honored to represent Horizon High School and our soccer program.

What do you like the most about playing soccer?

Being able to continue my passion for the sport and playing with my best friends. 

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from playing soccer?

That your team is your second family.

Who is your favorite soccer player? What about their game do you like?

Neymar Jr. and his ability to score goals with his insane amount of skill.

Who do you try to model your game after?

Lindsay Horan.

Favorite soccer memory?

Coming back from a 1-0 (deficit) against the No. 1 team in our region, in (the) semifinals with seven minutes left and winning 2-1.

What is your go-to pregame hype song?

“Yeah!” by Usher or “Headlines” by Drake.

What is your favorite non-sports hobby?

I love to travel with my friends and go to the beach.

What is your favorite subject in school?

Anything medically related, because I really enjoy learning about the human body.

What is your go-to pregame meal?


What are three things you would take with you to a deserted island?

My dog (for) companionship, a boat — so I can leave — and sunscreen, to not get burned in the middle of the ocean. 

What is your favorite movie?

“The Princess and the Frog” because it really (emphasizes) the message about working hard for your dreams.

If you could have dinner with one person — dead or alive — who would it be?

Carli Lloyd, because (she) was an amazing and very inspirational (soccer) player.

If you could go back in time to a specific period in history, when and where would you go?

The 1980s because the music and culture were awesome.

Looking back, what piece of advice would you give your younger self?

You can only control your future, not your past.

If you could ask your future self a question, what would it be?

Did you live with any regrets?

Who is your favorite superhero?

Jack-Jack, (from) “The Incredibles,” because he’s so cute and funny.

Who is your favorite supervillain?

Catwoman, because she’s witty, agile and sarcastic. 

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

To read minds, so I can know what people are thinking.

If you could travel to three places in the world, where would you go?

Greece, Italy and Brazil. They’re gorgeous and very culturally diverse.

If you could be an animal for a day, which one would you be?

A lion, because they rule over all and are confident.

What is your most controversial food take?

Chicken tenders are better with honey.

Does pineapple belong on pizza?

Maybe for some, but not for me.

Sam Albuquerque is the Sports Editor for the Orange Observer. Please contact him with story ideas, results and statistics.

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Sam Albuquerque

A native of João Pessoa, Brazil, Sam Albuquerque moved in 1997 to Central Florida as a kid. After earning a communications degree in 2016 from the University of Central Florida, he started his career covering sports as a producer for a local radio station, ESPN 580 Orlando. He went on to earn a master’s degree in editorial journalism from Northwestern University, before moving to South Carolina to cover local sports for the USA Today Network’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his lovely wife, Sarah, newborn son, Noah, and dog named Skulí.

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