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Pedro Molina: The Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week

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Senior soccer player Pedro Molina has been named the Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week presented by HWY 55. Senior soccer player Pedro Molina has been named the Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week presented by HWY 55. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

ROCKINGHAM — Pedro Molina, a senior soccer player, has been named the Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week presented by HWY 55.


A two-year varsity soccer player, Molina had one of his best performances of the season against rival Scotland High School on Senior Night last Wednesday, helping him earn his first career recognition as the Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week. 

Athletic Profile

Age: 17

Birthday: Nov. 26, 2003

Year: Senior

Fall Sports: Soccer

Positions: Center Midfielder

Years on Varsity: 2 years

Height & Weight: 5-10, 155 pounds

Experience: 9 years

ON THE PITCH WITH PEDRO MOLINA

The Raiders, who wrapped up their season with four games over the last six days, drew to a 4-4 tie against Scotland. But Molina was the star on Senior Night, doubling his season total in goals with two tallies.

Trailing by a goal, Molina scored his first one in the 34th minute. He collected a loose ball in the box to slot it past Scotland goalkeeper Gavin Stanley to tie the match.

That score would hold until halftime, and just three minutes into the second half, Molina found the back of the net for the second time. 

Taking a touch along the left side of the field, Molina laced the ball just under the crossbar out of the reach of a leaping Stanley. The goal in the 43rd minute, which was a 20-yard strike, put the Raiders up 2-1.

Richmond closed its season on Monday with a first-round loss to Southern Lee High School in the Sandhills Athletic Conference tournament. His two goals against the Fighting Scots were Molina’s final scores of his high school carere.

Pedro Molina (14) dribbles the ball up the field past Hector Hernandez during Senior Night.  (Kyle Pillar/The Richmond Observer)

RAPID RESPONSES WITH PEDRO MOLINA

ROSports: You scored two goals against Scotland on Senior Night. What was that experience like and how’d you find the net twice?

Molina: “It was very special since it was my Senior Night. Scoring two goals against our rival Scotland is always good, and a lot of seniors always dream to score or contribute during Senior Night. I’m really blessed to have scored twice in that game.

“It’s always about not giving up on the ball, even if the keeper stops it. I always play through the ball and that’s what I did on the first goal. The second goal, I just took my opportunity in space and it was one of the nicest goals I’ve ever scored.”

ROSports: You’ve spent the last four years as a Raider soccer player. What has that time meant to you and what did you enjoy most?

Molina: “I’ve enjoyed a lot of things, especially the team bonding. All four years, my teammates were teammates on the field and brothers off the field. I’ll cherish that for the rest of my life.

“At first, I didn’t think about being a soccer player too much, but as the years went on, I began to take it more seriously. Being a Richmond Raider soccer player means a lot to me and I’m proud to say that I will graduate from this school having played soccer.”

ROSports: What are your future plans after high school and why are you interested in that?

Molina: “I plan to go to Richmond Community College for two years to get my associates degree in business to be a salesman. Then I want to get into real estate.

“I really like business and that’s one of the things I’ve enjoyed learning about. I’ve tried to accumulate as much knowledge as possible the last couple years to be able to be successful and help my family.”

ROSports: If you could have a practice session with any professional soccer team, which would it be and why?

Molina: “Since I was young, I was a really big Barcelona fan. I would like to be able to practice with them and just kick the ball around.

“I’d like to learn how to value the years on the field. A lot of players play for fun and don’t take it all in or are serious. I want to be that person who enjoyed the years I played and gave it my all.

ROSports: What is a quote or saying that you use to motivate yourself when you play soccer or when you need some encouragement?

Molina: “In God we trust is a motto I say to myself everytime I go onto the field. That’s the person I go to, win or lose, it’s God’s decision. My family is also a group of people who motivates me a lot.”

The Richmond Observer will publish its Official Richmond County Female Athlete of the Week soon.

Kyle Pillar

Nine-time N.C. Press Association award-winning sports editor. Indiana University of Pennsylvania communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

Submit local sports scores to: kpillar@richmondobserver.com

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