‘The play maker’ - Yomira Arrese makes it happen on the soccer field

Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 02:30 PM.

"You're the play maker. You're like the brain of the team," she said as the center midfielder. "At times it kind of weighs down on you. It's like a big responsibility."

But she manages it well.

"Yomira is the perfect player to coach and is a joy to watch play," said assistant coach Nick Zimmerman in an email to The Sun. "She reminds me of Lionel Messi with her dribbling and scoring skills. Her overall skill set, vision of the game, and determination is extraordinary."

Yomira, daughter of Jessica and Guillermo Rodriguez of Santa Rosa Beach, has been playing soccer since about age 5.

"My family has always been into soccer," she said.

She started playing in a travel league in Brockton, Mass., then later in California.

Her family made the move to the Florida when she was in the eighth grade. After playing for the Fort Walton Beach Vikings as a freshman and sophomore, Yomira made the shift to South Walton High as a junior.

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