De La Salle Institute within the Bronzeville neighborhood is all about lady energy lately with not one, however two standout female kickers who are playing high school football.
ABC7’s Ryan Chiaverini headed to a observe with the Loza sisters to see the way it’s accomplished.
De La Salle is the third oldest Catholic faculty within the metropolis of Chicago, however the Meteors are making historical past for a unique motive this fall.
That is Mia Loza’s second season because the Meteors’ beginning varsity kicker.
“I would say she’s good from wherever from the 40,” mentioned De La Salle Institute Soccer Coach Mike Boehm.
Coach Boehm’s recruiting revelation occurred as he watched Loza, who was a seasoned soccer participant, at a observe final yr.
“I used to be kicking the soccer ball, like capturing from lengthy vary. He noticed my foot and he was like, ‘let’s attempt a area objective, perhaps you may do it,'” Mia recalled.
“Hey, perhaps she might assist us. So that you go over there, you convey your lengthy snapper and your holder and she or he simply begins booming ’em,” Boehm mentioned.
“I made it and he was like, ‘let’s get you on the soccer crew,'” Mia mentioned.
She’s racked up greater than a dozen additional factors this season alone.
At the highschool degree, if you’re coping with additional factors and even area targets, these factors are large,” Boehm mentioned. “She’s extra according to PATs than any of the boys we now have.”
This yr, one other Loza has joined the De La Salle ranks with Mia’s little sister, Sissi, kicking for the JV crew.
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“She watched that occur, she rapidly needed to do the identical and there was no hesitation,” mentioned De La Salle Institute Principal Thomas Schergen.
“I am up for it, if you would like me, too,” Sissi mentioned. “Now, we are the kickers for JV and Varsity.”
The sisters mentioned they encourage one another.
“You’ll be able to see once they’re engaged on their stuff at observe, they’re serving to one another out and training one another up,” Boehm mentioned.
Their teammates are additionally large followers.
“I am like their little sister on the crew. They shield me on the sphere,” Mia mentioned.
Whereas the Loza sisters are making historical past at De La Salle, it is a feeling of historical past repeating itself for the household. Mia and Sissi’s mom was a standout soccer participant in highschool as nicely. Again then, her faculty did not have a women crew, so she turned the primary to make the boys squad.
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“Leaving her mark on her highschool was one thing actually large for her. She’s additionally within the corridor of fame at her highschool,” Mia mentioned.
“She was like, ‘Go for it, do not look again,'” Sissi added.
“I believe it is actually good for our faculty, seeing that there is women who might do one thing that boys can do — like lady energy,” Mia mentioned.
“You see the Fb and Twitter posts from the dad and mom, simply rallying round her, simply saying ‘lady energy.” It is fairly cool,” Boehm mentioned. “Very cool for them and for the establishment.”
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