Wolves' Partida to play soccer at collegiate level

Will join a successful West Virginia Tech program

slynch@mercedsun-star.comJune 3, 2013 

— LIVINGSTON — Adrian Partida didn't think much about college growing up.

The Livingston senior didn't think much about school in general.

That attitude lasted through his first two years of high school, and as a result, his junior year was spent at Yosemite High's continuation school in an effort to play catch up.

Partida didn't need to look far to see where the path he was headed down led. The youngest of six brothers, only one of his older siblings had graduated from high school.

He decided change was needed.

"Getting sent to Yosemite and my mom leaving forced me to do some growing up," Partida said. "She went back to live in Mexico and my brothers really pushed me to start trying in school."

Soccer became Partida's outlet and his motivation.

Partida became a star for the Wolves and used his love of the game to keep him motivated in the classroom.

Utilizing good natural pace and ball skills coupled with a high soccer I.Q., Partida quickly made up for lost time.

Playing striker and center midfielder, Partida racked up 32 goals and 22 assists in his two years with Livingston.

That combined with his improved standing in the classroom was enough to garner some collegiate interest.

"Not every coach uses MaxPreps for their stats, but that's basically how the West Virginia Institute of Technology found him," Livingston coach Alex Gonzalez said. "I talked it over with our A.D. Angelo Naldi and we believe he's the first Livingston athlete ever to be offered a scholarship outside of the state.

"Given his story, and what he had to overcome, it's a pretty remarkable thing."

Partida said the allure of going to school out of state and the school's electrical engineering program made his decision very easy.

He joins a West Virginia Tech team that went 18-2-1 and lost in the USCAA National Tournament championship game.

"I never thought any of this was possible," Partida said. "Once the school started contacting me, I really focused.

"Part of the motivation was accomplishing something that none of my brothers had done. They really supported me and I'm going to be the first to go to college."

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