Junior Jack Pucciano is a striker for the Castle View boys soccer team who works hard on the technical aspects of the sport.
And he gives a lot of credit to his two dogs who help him polish his technical skills at home.
“Every off day we have I always try to go to a field near by and take some shots, do some one vs. one even if it is against a stationary goalkeeper just to work on my ball placement and finish,” Pucciano said.
“I also have two dogs that love the tennis ball that I like kicking around in the house,” he continued. “So they help me with keeping the ball close especially with a tennis ball.”
Castle View head coach Mark Burfeind knows he has a talented player in Pucciano.
“Jack is one of the hardest working player I have coached that has a phenomenal technical ability,” Burfeind said. “Those two aspects together make Jack a hard player to stop.”
Pucciano’s work ethic starts with his distaste for losing.
“I love running all over the place, and I play with a lot of passion and that’s one of the main reasons why he considers myself a hard worker because I hate losing,” said Pucciano. “I despise losing so much that I can’t stand it. I work hard everyday and try to win.”
After the first eight games of the season on April 13, Legend was unbeaten and Pucciano led all Continental League scorers with 20 points. He had a conference-leading seven goals and was tied for first with six assists.
“I play with a lot of skill,” said Pucciano. “I like to dribble a lot and sometimes that can be bad but a lot of times it pays off.
“That’s another thing the tennis ball helps with is the technical skills. Going to a field near by also helps with the technical skills. If you work on it, practice makes perfect.”
Pucciano has worked himself into one of the league’s top players this season.
“I try not to be selfish and if my teammates are open, I’ll feed them, and if I’m open they will feed me,” he said. “It’s just great. I would not be having a good season without my teammates. They trust in me and I appreciate that.”
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