Keller Citizen

Bobcats junior getting ready for challenging season

Byron Nelson’s Gabe Segovia will be a major factor for the Bobcats next season.
Byron Nelson’s Gabe Segovia will be a major factor for the Bobcats next season.

Gabe Segovia helped lead the Trophy Club Nelson boys soccer team to a District 5-6A championship last season, and the first team all-district selection is hungry for more in 2017.

Coach Howard Putter said the junior half back has been a strong presence for the Bobcats and said the one thing he wants him to work on during the off season is his strength.

“He brings control in the midfield,” Putter said.

Segovia, 16, who is also a member of of the National Honor Society at Nelson and plans to become involved with student council this coming school year, said he was pretty pleased with what his team was able to accomplish this past school year.

“This past year, I thought that our team performed very well overall,” Segovia said. “Although we had a disappointing run in playoffs, exiting in the first round, we finished with our fourth straight district championship and won the Timber Creek Tournament.”

Nelson finished with an overall record of 18-3-1 last season, with a conference mark of 12-2 in 5-6A competition.

Segovia said his plans for the off season are to bulk up and work on his speed and overall skills.

“Over the course of this summer, I plan on working out, getting stronger and faster and also improving all around as a soccer player, so that I will be able to help the team succeed next year,” he said.

The Nelson junior said his team will have its share of challenges in 2017 and said it will have to remain focus and put in the effort in order to have another successful campaign.

“Losing 16 seniors, it’ll be a tough year next year, with basically a brand-new team,” Segovia said. “So we will really have to work hard and work together as a team if we want to succeed and win our fifth consecutive district championship.”