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Click here to read the latest Athlete Q&A, this week with Scorpions midfielder Marissa Pedroza.

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Marissa Pedroza
Senior Midfielder

Where are you from?
Sedona.

What sports do you play?
Soccer and might do track this year.

What’s the best part about soccer?
I’ve always really enjoyed it because I’ve been playing since I was little. I’ve been really good at it, and I’m happy because I’m with my best friend Alicia [Pallares] and she really motivates me. I just feel good about it.

The worst part?
Practicing in the heat.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not playing sports?
Hanging out with friends, staying at home, watch Netflix.

What’s your favorite food?
Mexican or Thai food.

What do you aspire to be when you’re older?
I’m hoping to get a scholarship for soccer and if that doesn’t happen, go into medical or something.

What kinds of valuable lessons has playing soccer taught you?
Having a good attitude and being happy all the time.

Do you have any pregame routines or superstitions?
I get really nervous so I have to hype myself up and tell myself I’ll do good. Just positive thoughts.

What past experiences have you had that inspired you to keep pushing forward?
These four years of high school that I’m playing now definitely helped me a lot because of my coach, Juan Carlos. He’s pushed me to go further.

Who’s been the most influential person in your life?
My brothers: Marco, Carlos and Alejandro.

Is there a memorable game that you’ve had in your career?
The Page game for the past two years; it’s always been a really good game. The one last year was really emotional, we played great, we really played our hearts out.

What do you look forward to most after graduation?
Going to college and seeing where it takes me and enjoying life.

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