Josh Danza, Archbishop Spalding, soccer

Q&A --

October 18, 2006|By PAT O'MALLEY

A standout junior forward and one of the leading scorers on Archbishop Spalding's boys soccer team, which is battling for the sixth and final playoff berth in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, Josh Danza also has started as an outfielder-third baseman on the baseball team since his freshman year. He carries a 4.0 grade point average and has applied to the National Honor Society.

Talk about assisting Tommy Schaeffler on the winning goal in last week's 1-0 upset of then-top-ranked Archbishop Curley.

We scored in the first 15 minutes of the game and held on. It felt great and really helped us for a good shot at a playoff berth. I've been scoring more since coach [Ed Kestler] dropped me back to midfield.

Last year's team was 10-11 and missed the playoffs by a game. How does this year's team, 7-7-1 after beating Curley, compare?

We're better this year as a team. We have a pretty close-knit group and Coach Kestler emphasizes that. He wants us to hang out together and keep the team unity. Other teams may have better skills, but Coach Kestler does a good job inspiring us.

When did you start playing soccer?

I started playing for Severn [youth athletic club] when I was 5 years old. I grew up kicking a ball around the house, was always kicking something. I started getting serious about soccer when I was 11 and began playing with travel teams.

How did you end up at Spalding?

I was recruited for baseball and ended up playing soccer, too. It's been a lot of fun and I hope to play one or the other in college. To play both in college would be awesome. This is a key year for me in both sports as far as college opportunities, and I've been looking at schools in North Carolina.

Your father, David Marrero, has a sports background.

Yes, he played semipro baseball in Puerto Rico. And he was a world racquetball champion at age 35 a few years ago.

Who helped in your development as a student?

My mom [Krista Danza] has always been strict about my grades. She and my grandmother [June Danza] made me get A's. When I would come home from school, I would get started on my homework right away.

What else do you like to do?

I started playing the guitar, kind of taught myself, but for the last two years I've been taking guitar class at school. I've gotten a lot out of it.

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