Madrigal is a junior center midfielder who has been a huge part of East’s turnaround this year. The Aces are 8-2 after Tuesday’s win over Kapaun Mount Carmel and Madrigal, who moved to Wichita two months ago, is leading the way with six goals and five assists.
We moved from Seattle a couple of months ago because my parents both got jobs here. I played for Chief Sealth (High School) in Seattle on the varsity for the last two years so I was worried about coming here and how I would fit in.
I was upset because I didn’t know anyone. I already had my team back in Seattle and I was going to have to come out here and start all over again.
I’ve been impressed with the other players and the other teams, the competition is really good here. What I love about my team now is that we feel like if we play together we can beat anyone. It’s also good that we’re friendly with each other and don’t get too mad at mistakes … we support each other. Everyone has each other’s back. (East coach Dylan Gruntzel) pushes us to be better. If we make mistakes, he gets mad. He doesn’t take it.
I started playing when I was about five years old, with my cousins in Mexico. Like any little kid I wasn’t very good at first but I just kept trying and I always kept getting better. I want to keep working hard and go to college to play soccer. My dream is to play professionally.