2013 - 2014 GATORADE
NATIONAL BOYS SOCCER
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
ABU
DANLADI
F
DUNN SCHOOL
LOS OLIVOS, CALIFORNIA
SENIOR
HEIGHT: 5'10"
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HIGHLIGHTED STATS
25
GOALS
15
ASSISTS

Athletic Excellence


The 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior forward scored 25 goals and passed for 15 assists this past season, leading the Earwigs (9-3-2) to the Southern Section Division VI Tournament. A three-time team MVP, Danladi is a two-time Southern Section Division VI First

Academic Achievement


Danladi has maintained a 3.08 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary Character


He has volunteered locally at a nature reserve, as a youth soccer coach and as a summer camp counselor.

THE INTERVIEW


G: What is your team motto?

AD: At Dunn School, our team motto is "the goals will come". When our team is behind or struggling, our coach, Mr. Geriak, is always quick to remind us that we should stay focused and continue working hard as a team. More often than not, the goals do come.

G: What one piece of advice do you have for freshman about being a successful high school student athlete?

AD: One piece of advice I have for freshman who aim to be successful in high school athletics is to be sure to prosper both on the field and off. A huge component of being a successful high school athlete is to bring a winning attitude in to the classroom and in to your community, on top of everything else. Make sure that when you graduate, people remember you not only for the player you were, but more importantly the person you are as well.

G: What is your favorite highlight from this year?

AD: Personally, I can't pinpoint one specific highlight as my favorite from this past year. Honestly, I would consider my entire career at Dunn School to be the highlight of my life. From the faculty, friends, and teammates I met and spent time with to the education I earned, these past 3 years have been the most exciting of my life.

G: What training habit has the most impact on your performance?

AD: The training habit that I feel has the most impact on my performance is keeping my workout regiment consistent. I find that when I focus on certain strengths at a time, and don't take any unnecessary off days, my skills and play on the field are stronger. Also, the more shrimp I eat before games usually translates to more goals.

G: What have you learned from your coach that you will never forget?

AD: One thing that I learned from Mr. Geriak that I will never forget is to make light of every situation, and to keep my head up regardless. Even at the lowest moments we faced as a team, Mr. Geriak helped us overcome them with his humor and positivity. I know that I will continue to face difficult situations as I move further in to my career, but with Mr. Geriak's wise words in the back of my head, I know I can overcome even the most challenging of problems.