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Filipina Star Shined for Valley

Friday Camaclang shared her

By Jorge Gallegos
On November 27, 2003

It's no secret that midfielder Friday Camaclang was the best player on this years' Monarchs soccer squad. "Hopefully I showed that I was with the team, even when I wasn't feeling good," midfielder Camaclang said.

Camaclang is a different and unique player, starting with her name; the talented midfielder has soccer flowing through her blood. She breathes, dreams and talks about soccer all the time. She's the kind of player who shows up before practice to run a couple of laps and is always one of the last ones to leave.

"I just don't play soccer," Camaclang said. "I live it."

Camaclang led the Monarchs with 11 goals, and she also had six assists.

Coach Eric Archila believes in her strong work ethic.

"She shared her great individual technique with the team," Archila said. "Even when she plays at 50 percent, it's better than other players when they're at 100 percent."

Inspired by her dad, the playmaker discovered soccer early on her life. "My dad is my inspiration," Camaclang said. "If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be playing. He helped me become a better athlete." Camaclang affirms, "I'm papa's little girl."

At three years old she kicked a soccer ball for the first time, at 12 years old she joined her first club team and at 16 years old she was recruited for the Philippine National Team. At 22 years old she received the first MVP of the match award by a Filipino in the history of the Asian Games by scoring the first two goals of the tournament.

Now, Friday wants to continue her soccer career and gain more experience to share it with her national team. "All I want is a chance to practice with a semi-pro soccer club," Camaclang ended.

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