Name: Amanda Mendez
Team: G03 NL Black
Number of Years at Copa: 2
HS: Spotswood HS
HS Honors: Honor Roll
Coaches at Copa: Coach Roberto Aguas and Coach Lori Berman
College Attending: Rider University
Quote about a specific coach: "Trust leads to approachability and open communications"- Scott Weiss
I feel this quote suits Coach Roberto and Coach Lori. With all their support and guidance over the years, I know I can approach them for anything.
What are your most memorable moments or experiences at FC Copa Academy?
I could always count on my team to cheer me up. Everyone was so fun and always made me laugh. I could show up at a practice in a bad mood, but I would know that I would leave in a completely different mood.
How did FC Copa Academy help you become the player you are today?
My soccer IQ on the field definitely became stronger. I feel that I have become a better player and teammate, both on and off the ball. Being part of the FC Copa environment helped me develop to play not just for myself, but for my teammates as well. My coaches and teammates helped me get where I am today.
How did FC Copa Academy help you get into the college program you will be attending?
FC Copa offers a lot of support for Academic Guidance and College Recruitment advice. FC Copa has great relationships with many college coaches. Coach Roberto spoke to the coach of Rider University and helped guide me in the process. I’m very grateful, as I know that Rider will be the right place for me.
What are your thoughts and experiences on the collegiate recruitment process with FC Copa Academy? I think it is definitely a relief putting in so much hard work all of these years with a goal to play in college and, because of FC Copa supporting me off the field, I actually got a chance to accomplish my goal of playing in college.
What advice would you give to future FC Copa Academy athletes going through the collegiate recruitment process?
It is never too late to find the college that’s right for you. Don't panic if you don’t receive interest early in the process. Just remember to always leave the field knowing that you gave it your all.
Share any other info that you may want us to know
FC Copa is by far the best team I have ever been on.