Local athlete travels across the pond for international soccer tournaments


A local athlete took the trip of a lifetime, and brought home some hardware as well.

Molly Reynosa has played soccer her entire life, the Amarillo High sophomore took her talents across the pond for the last few weeks as a guest player representing the USA in the Gothia Cup in Sweden and the Dana Cup in Denmark. It may seem like quite the trip, but Reynosa is no stranger to having to travel to play the sport she loves at the highest level.

"There's a lot of practicing involved and two days and a lot of hard work and dedication put into it before we went, it was a lot of fun though," said Reynosa of her trip.

It took two days for the team, Mutiny F.C. based out of Wiley, Texas to acclimate to the change of environment.

"It was a lot different, not a lot of English I guess," said Reynosa " It was really pretty there and a lot of fun to play and is cool to see the ways other countries play the game as well."

Her team finished 16th out of 118 international teams in the Gothia Cup in Sweden, and took home the gold at the Dana Cup in Denmark.

"I'd like to give all the glory to God and thank my parents and my family for supporting me," said Reynosa. " I would like to thank my coach Bobby Carlton and Sarah for developing me and and for coach Simon for having me on his team and guest playing."

Reynosa is no stranger to traveling to play, her local select team - the High Plains Drifters, travel five and a half hours to Plano, Texas every weekend to compete. Reynosa thinks the commitment is well worth it.

"It's a lot of dedication but it's definitely worth it because I love playing the game and being able to do what I love."

Renoya hopes to eventually further her soccer career into college. Her dream would be to play at the University of Texas.

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