Men's TWU Soccer

Ivan Kovacevic (left), senior business major and junior forward TJ Romaguera, senior criminal justice major and midfielder, practice for the upcoming conference tournament. The Rams men’s soccer received an automatic bid into the semifinals, and their game is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Martin Field.

From Martin Field to the Police Academy to the United States Air Force, seniors TJ Romaguera, left forward, of the men’s soccer team and Aubree Gallego, goal keeper for the women’s soccer team, plan to take what they have learned on the soccer field to the workforce.

Romaguera has been at Wesleyan for three years and has been playing soccer since he was 4 years old. He said his experience at Wesleyan has been wonderful.

“It’s been good,” Romaguera said. “I just liked the fact that I could just make the 15 minute drive everyday and be able to stay at home with my family.”

Romaguera’s first two years at Wesleyan he played center-mid, and this year he moved to left forward.

Romaguera said this year the team is very diverse, and that having a diverse team will help him in the future.

“Our team is extremely diverse,” Romaguera said. “I think I can take that away, be able to interact with a bunch of different types of people.”

Romaguera said the team has about seven or eight different nationalities represented. They have teammates from England, South Africa, Mongolia, Brazil, Russia, Serbia and Bosnia.

Tyler Powell, head men’s soccer coach, said Romaguera is one of the two remaining players on the team since he took over the team in 2010. Powell said Romaguera has been a huge asset to the team.

Powell said he has not had any problem from Romaguera, and he is a good leader and the captain of the soccer team.

“He takes ownership of things because that is some of the things we are constantly preaching,” Powell said. “You can talk about luck all you want, but one of the things we talk about is you make your own luck.”

Powell said another positive thing about Romaguera is that he shows up and goes to work.

“If you ask him to do something, he does it. You ask him to make sure something is taken care of, he takes care of it,” Powell said. “You don’t have to think that it’s not going to get done.”

Powell said as a coach, some of the things he hopes his players will take to the business world after they leave Wesleyan are discipline and ownership.

“Nothing is ever easy,” Powell said. “You always have to start at the bottom and you’ve got two choices; you either do what is asked of you or gripe and moan about it, and basically the one that is going to do the most, faster, moves up the ladder quicker.”

Powell said Romaguera is always at practice on time, and he works hard when he is here.

“TJ is a senior, so obviously he will be missed,” Powell said. “You can always replace a player with talent. You can’t necessarily replace personality, and I would think that we would be lucky if we got somebody like him, to replace him.”

Ivan Kovacevic, junior forward and senior business management major, agrees with Powell that Romaguera is a unique individual.

“He is a very motivated guy,” Kovacevic said. “The most motivated guy on the team I think.”

Kovacevic and Romaguera have been playing together since 2010. He said there is nothing negative about Romaguera, only positive.

“One of the biggest things about him is that he is always positive, no matter what,” Kovacevic said.

Kovacevic said they [Romaguera] both try to look out for each other all the time, because they play in similar positions.
“To me or him, it doesn’t matter as long as we score,” Kovacevic said. “We were always good playing together.”

Romaguera plans to go into the field of criminal justice as a detective or a police officer upon his graduation in May 2013.

Aubree Gallego, senior exercise science major and goal keeper, has made a name for herself at Wesleyan in the women’s soccer program.

Gallego attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and William Penn University in Iowa before transferring to Wesleyan in 2011.

Gallego said she transferred to Wesleyan because her family lives in Arlington, and all her friends had attended Wesleyan.

Gallego said she got into soccer at 4 years old because her older sister played, and her dad used to coach. Gallego said she did not play competitive soccer until she was a freshman in high school.

“I just decided to go with the family,” Gallego said.

Gallego said her favorite thing about soccer is winning.

“I love the connection that I make, the friends that I make. Every team I have ever been on we have been best friends,” Gallego said. “People have sororities and fraternities. I don’t need that. I’m in a group already, and I love that feeling.”

Gallego said some of the things she will take from the field to the business world are leadership and the way to react to different circumstances.

“We have fans that scream some of the craziest things,” Gallego said. “They are trying to distract us, but controlling your emotions and learning how to deal with people and situations that are in front of you.”

Josh Gibbs, head women’s soccer coach, said he has enjoyed having Gallego on his team because of her great sense of humor and leadership skills.

“She is such a special kid,” Gibbs said. “You can be a little harder on her than some other players, because she is so competitive.”

Gibbs said Gallego always strives to be better and better every time she competes.

“It’s always a real joy to coach somebody like that,” Gibbs said. “It’s a little rare to find a player that is so motivated and hard on her-self,” Gibbs said. “She is really funny; she is the goofiest kid I have probably ever coached.”

Gibbs said there is not one thing fake about Gallego. She is comfortable in her own skin.

“It lightens the mood and really keeps practice going,” Gibbs said. “I mean she is a very special individual. She has always been just her-self. I think that is fantastic.”

Gibbs said good day or bad day athletes can always work hard.

“If you do all the things well that are not on the stat sheet, you will win the game,” Gibbs said. “Don’t be afraid to work hard.”

-Rachel Peel