Connor Gorrien remembers learning to play soccer in Ladera Ranch’s AYSO league at the age of five, when his dad was his coach. Now a Santa Margarita Catholic High School varsity player and incoming senior, Gorrien still has a strong passion for the sport.
“I think what attracted me to [soccer] is the pace of the game,” says Gorrien. “You’re always going up and down the field. You’re never stopping. You’re always engaged, and it’s amazing.”
Gorrien plays center back for the Eagles, and being in a defensive role is right where the 17-year-old wants to be.
“I really love playing there because I can see the whole field. It’s easy to lead the team from back there,” says Gorrien. “I also love playing defense. I feel like there’s a fire you have when you’re back there.”
With the goal of continually improving his skills, Gorrien feels one of the toughest aspects of the game is understanding each position. But he also feels it’s the best path to becoming a better player.
“I think a huge challenge in playing soccer is learning different positions on the field,” says Gorrien. “Doing that makes you so much of a better player because you know what everyone else is trying to do. You know where they’re trying to be. It really improves your game.”