Claim to fame: After catching nine balls for 105 yards, including one for a career-high 27 yards in the regular season finale against Temple, on the Roos’ playoff football team, Dungca switched his focus to soccer. Dungca was a District 34-4A all-district first team selection as a sophomore forward last season, helping Killeen make the 4A playoffs for a fifth-straight year.
Soccer teams were officially allowed to practice for the first time this season on Wednesday, how did Day 1 go?
“Coming back as a unit, as a team, even though we lost a couple of seniors, it feels good to be back as a group because as a soccer team, we’re like a family. It felt real good.”
What did the team and head coach Sylvester Jallah talk about regarding your new district, District 8-5A?
“Really, being a soccer team, we’re up for any challenge. Going up to a new district, basically, we’re just going to play how coach Jallah has taught us, up to our full potential. Going to a different district doesn’t really affect us. We’re going to play to our best ability on the field.”
District 8-5A, with the Killeen schools as well as Belton and Waco Midway, is pretty loaded and probably going to be more competitive than your previous districts. How do you guys feel about playing against that kind competition?
“I think it’s a better challenge for us going against better schools. We’ll use our physical ability of playing against high-level teams. It’s a real good challenge for us going to a different district.”
You also played football in the fall, which is harder, football practice in August or soccer practice in January?
“It’s hotter, so football is kind of harder than soccer. ... Football is first and you have to acclimate your body to the heat and playing in the heat. Then, when it comes to soccer, you have to be able to run in this cold weather. Basically, your body has to acclimate to the weather quickly.”
What have you done the last couple of months since football season ended?
“I have been working on my footwork. I already worked on my speed (in football), so really my cuts on the ball, getting the ball, turning with it, one-touching it and scoring with it, things like that.”
What was your New Year’s resolution?
“Really, my new year’s resolution was just to be more focussed on my sports and school. Last year, I kind of didn’t really focus as hard, so I would really like to focus more because I know my future’s ahead of me and I should focus more on my academics and can see a good future in my sports.”