Student Athlete of the Week: Gabi Andres
CROZET, Va (CBS19 Sports) -- Every season of Western Albemarle girls soccer has ended the same way for senior Gabi Andres: lifting the state championship trophy.
"Being part of that legacy and then carrying on the tradition of winning," said Western Albemarle girls soccer midfielder Gabi Andres.
"She kinda set the standard for the whole team of what it takes to be successful, not just on the soccer field but just in life," said Western Albemarle girls soccer coach Jacob Desch.
As a two-sport athlete with soccer and track, Gabi puts in the work to get to her goals.
"She's very confident in herself and she knows what it takes to get things done in a positive way," said Desch. "Gabi and through her family she's just incorporated that work ethic of a military family. She knows if she works hard then good things will happen."
The four years of high school with the Warriors are the longest she's lived in one place. Her dad serves in the Navy as a doctor, as Gabi and her family have lived across the country and even overseas.
"I think the biggest thing its taught me is to be outgoing and adaptable and be open to any new situations and be able to embrace change as not necessarily a challenge but kinda like an invitation to learn more," said Andres.
With a military background rooted in discipline, Gabi has seen that example of hard work right in front of her.
"He's not home much because of his job but he's like the example of hard work so I've been able to learn a lot from him just growing up," said Andres. "He is gone a lot but when he's home he's definitely very fun and shows that you can have a bit of a balance."
Since she started playing soccer, Gabi's goals have led her to pursue the game at the highest level.
"You can let your individuality and personality kinda be seen through the way you play," said Andres.
And come this fall, she'll be living her dream: committed to play D1 soccer and join Villanova's women's soccer program. Even though signing day has come and she is set to become a Wildcat, the hard work during the time being doesn't waver.
"We don't practice Fridays and we didn't have practice last Friday," said Desch. "So I get an email Friday morning saying 'Hey coach can I go to track practice on Friday afternoon after school?' Most kids enjoy their day off. She said I wanna improve my fitness or get better this way. And that just speaks volumes of who Gabi is.