WATCH: Exclusive Interview With Edgewood’s Nina Lopez, 2023 Breakfast of Champions Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year
By Steve Wilson // July 17, 2023
Lopez, a member of the 17-1 Red Wolves team, talks with Friday Night Locker Room’s Steve Wilson
WATCH: Nina Lopez, the 2023 Breakfast of Champions Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year, talks with the Friday Night Locker Room’s Steve Wilson about the season, her game and much more in this exclusive interview.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Nina Lopez, the 2023 Breakfast of Champions Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year, talks with me about the season, her game and much more in this exclusive interview. Lopez, a rising senior for the Edgewood Jr/Sr High School Red Wolves, was a member of the 17-1 team that did not lose to anyone in the county.
She was the Red Wolves Team MVP and a two-time Florida Today Athlete of the Week.
I asked Lopez if she thought her game has improved over the last couple of years. She said, “Yes, I definitely think so.” I think with the different coaching I’ve had over the years; it has helped me improve my game.”
Lopez talked about the advice she has received from various coaches, how she has implemented that advice into her game, and how it has made her a better player.
In talking with, and watching Lopez play, she is a coach’s dream, the ultimate team player. I, for one, am excited to watch her compete in her senior year!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Steve Wilson was born in DeRidder, Louisiana and grew up in both New Orleans and Macon, Georgia. He moved to Brevard County in 1984 and retired from local government as the Community Advocate/Assistant to the City Manager with the City of Rockledge in 2018.
Among the awards and accolades Steve has received over the years are 15 + year Rockledge Little League volunteer, Brevard Public School Jefferson Award Recipient, Rockledge High School Raider Booster Award 2001, 2006, City of Rockledge Employee of the Year 2006, Rockledge Kiwanian of the Year 2006-2007, City of Rockledge Quality Public Service Award 2008, 2012, 2017, Rockledge Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 2012-2013, Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Sportscasting 2015, Rockledge High School Leadership and Service Award 2016, Central Florida Humanitarian Award 2017, Space Coast Inspiration Award – 2018 and Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement – 2020.
Wilson is especially proud of is chairing two fundraisers in support of pediatric cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in honor of Merritt Island resident Julie Spurlock that raised over $25,000.00.
He has been a partner, along with Orville Susong, for the past 24 years with the Friday Night Locker Room, a broadcasting team that covers and reports on a wide variety of local events that are of significance to the residents of the Space Coast and beyond. Their mission is to promote youth sports, support first responders and law enforcement personnel, and showcase community and charitable events that are produced by our nonprofit partners in central Florida.
The Friday Night Locker Room has awarded hundreds of sports achievement plaques to Brevard County student-athletes over the years. They have also awarded more than $18,000 in academic scholarships to Brevard County high school seniors.