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Player Bio

8 - Justin Arroyo

Roster Image Year:
 6th

Position:
 Midfielder

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Home Town:
 Ocala, FL

Last Team:
 Blessed Trinity Middle School

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Birthday:
 00/00/0000

 

Justin joined the Hurricanes as a schoolmate and friend of several Blessed Trinity players on our squad, and soon proved himself friendly to all. He brought an advanced set of skills to our central midfield, along with a passion for the game. Perhaps most importantly, his sense of team play was also well established. Ready to do the work and also distribute the ball to anyone else doing the work, he catalyzed our team to be the hardest working team in the league. Players soon learned they'd get the ball from Justin if they were running aggressively at creative angles OFF the ball, especially after a transition. He didn't play favorites. Standing around meant you didn't get the ball from Justin, no matter who you were. If he worked to claim a loose ball or a steal, he expected teammates to work as the next links for a full-on attack. In effect, many of the Hurricanes' dynamics pivoted off of Justin's decisions. His eyes were quickly up after a steal or a claim on a fifty-fifty ball, and he would send long or short passes as soon as he could, preferring the flanks but probing the middle when possible. Along with Daniel Minami and Eric Osornio, Justin led the team in steals and initiated many of our counterattacks swiftly. His coaches knew his ball control skills were unmatched league-wide. They encouraged him to take more shots from distance, as well, and he did. He also took free kicks on set plays and attacking corner kicks. He is a chief reason the undefeated Hurricanes mastered the midfield and held the ball on the attacking end the majority of every match, especially into those second halves, which told the story not only of the Hurricanes as the hardest workers, but also as the smartest workers as a team. Justin was the "quarterback" of our 2018 Spring squad, and his mind was generally one or two steps ahead of our rivals as he pushed his mates to bring what they brought. Along with left striker Anthony Minami, Justin led the team with 6 assists, and added 4 goals. One of our clear team leaders, Justin wanted and needed no fanfare for that role, maintaining a positive softsoken style with players, coaches, and referees. A true diplomat of the sport, as well as the squad, Justin won the Pele Passion and Skill Award. We are proud of him and his unassuming, hard-working, intelligent leadership role with the 2018 Ocala Hurricanes.