The Riverview High soccer player talks his passing ability and recovering from an injury.
Shon Devald is a junior forward on the Riverview High boys soccer team. He had two goals and two assists in the Rams' 4-1 home win against Southeast High on Nov. 19. He attends classes at Pine View School.
When did you start playing soccer?
I started 12 years ago. I played a few different sports when I was younger, trying to decide what I liked. For me, soccer was the most fun.
What is the appeal to you?
I love the amount of teamwork it requires. Other sports, it is different. Football, for example, you almost have a bunch of teams within one overall team. Soccer, everyone is the same. It creates a nice chemistry.
What is your best skill?
My positioning is strong. I seem to always be at the right place at the right time when I need to score a goal.
What is your favorite memory?
I play club soccer for Braden River Soccer Club now, but last season I played for Chargers Soccer Club. We played in the Florida State Cup last summer and I scored a game-winning goal in one of our matches.
What has been your biggest challenge?
I broke my leg early last season. I was hit with a slide tackle from behind and landed on my leg wrong. I was out for three months, including one month of physical therapy, so I missed most of the high school season. The toughest part was mental, not being able to play with my team. I feel great now, though.
What is your goal for this season?
I want the team to win districts and then win regionals. Since I have played for Riverview, we have reached the regional tournament but then lost. I want us to move past that level this year.
What is your favorite food?
I love pizza. I will eat any normal type of pizza that is around.
What is your favorite movie?
I don't know if I can pick one favorite, but I like comedies a lot.
What is your favorite subject?
AP Psychology. It is interesting. We watch a lot of cool videos and it is easy to relate to the things we learn about.
Which superpower would you pick?
I want to be able to fly. That way, I could go wherever I wanted.
What is the best advice you have received?
A coach at a showcase once told me to just keep playing. I have the passion, I just need to work hard and continue what I am doing.
Finish this sentence: "Shon Devald is …"
… Creative. When I play, I tend to be creative with the ball when I am passing to my teammates.