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Prep Talk Female Athlete of the Week: Lexi Aquilino, Maryvale girls soccer

Lexi Aquilino already holds the school records at Maryvale for most goals in a game, single season and a career. The senior added another career milestone in a week when the Flyers went 2-1 as a team.

With six goals and six assists, Aquilino played a part in all 12 Maryvale goals scored in its two wins. She became the first Lady Flyer in school history to reach the 100-goal plateau in the process.

Aquilino’s record-setting performance makes her the Prep Talk Female Athlete of the Week.

Year: Senior.

Position: Forward.

Number: 18.

Height: 5-foot-2.

Twitter: @lexiaquilino.

Coach Tracy Poole on Aquilino: "Lexi is an extremely dedicated, determined and highly motivated scholar athlete. She is a true leader and positive role model whose character shines on and off the soccer field. Throughout her high school soccer career, she has helped change the culture of our soccer program to become more competitive at Maryvale. Lexi respects her teammates and she always puts the team first. She is a clutch playmaker and has certainly left her mark as the most prolific goal scorer in Maryvale history. Lexi lives for the game of soccer and has the heart of a true champion. She is a one of a kind scholar athlete and is truly a pleasure to coach."

How has your season gone so far?: Our current record is 6-5-2. The team has worked very hard overall and though we wish we could get a couple of those losses back, I am happy with how we've performed. We had a 4-3 OT win to start the season and that sparked a winning mentality for us to follow for the rest of the season. Personally, I have 27 goals and 11 assists. (Record and stats heading into Wednesday.)

Highlight of athletic career so far: I have a few moments that come to mind, but being able to play in the Dana Cup in Denmark is one of my best soccer moments. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I was exposed to a whole other side of soccer. Playing against teams from other countries was truly an awesome experience and I learned a lot while traveling to Europe for the first time. I was able to take this trip through the GPS National Team Program and it's something I'll remember for the rest of my life.

Favorite thing about my sport: Soccer is a beautiful game. It brings all sorts of people together and I love how passionate so many people are about soccer. Whenever I play I find joy in every second and I find that to be my favorite thing about soccer. I absolutely love it and when I'm playing I'm always living in the moment.

Favorite teammate: I really enjoy playing with each and every one of my teammates. They are all so supportive when it comes to my personal goals, and as a team, we have a really strong bond with one another. Though, Karli Murray is whom I play with best. We've been dubbed the "Dynamic Duo" at Maryvale and I love how well we connect on the field. Karli is constantly feeding me passes and helping me score. Together, we form a threat in the final third and that is something every team needs.

Toughest opponent: Pioneer is certainly our toughest opponent. They are a solid team with standout players and they work together very well.

WNY athlete I looked up to: One that has stood out to me is Carissima Cutrona. I've seen her play a few times with UB and am constantly hearing her name around the soccer world. I see how hard she works and she definitely is a force to be reckoned with on the field. I admire her style of play and how, despite her size, she's able to lead her team to success. I think we have similar styles of play, and because of that, I look up to her to see how I can improve myself.

Pro/college athlete I admire now: My favorite professional athlete is Lionel Messi. I admire his superb skill and how dangerous he is on the field. Despite his size, Messi is arguably one of the best soccer players of all time and his footwork is like no other. He never fails to shock me each game with his skill and I respect how he's both a goal scorer and a playmaker. He's simply unstoppable and for that I can't help but favor him over other athletes.

Favorite school subject: Chemistry.

What’s ahead (athletics and/or academics): I have verbally committed to play Division II soccer at Le Moyne College and plan to study chemistry.

Attention coaches

Coaches can nominate athletes of the week by sending an email to sports@buffnews.com or cdesiderio@buffnews.com by Saturday night.

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