Pete Carlson’s Athlete of the Week: Fabiana Zavala

Pete Carlson’s Athlete of the Week: Fabiana Zavala


Thermal, CA

Fabiana Zavala has been playing soccer since she was in seventh grade. Now a junior at Desert Mirage High School, she’s showing her versatility as her head coach moved her from the wing. The position she has always known.

"I actually didn’t think I’d be able to play forward,” Fabiana explained. “But then my coach was like ‘You’re going to be a forward’, so I was like ‘Okay let me try it’."

"She’s one of my captains,” Desert Mirage girls’ soccer head coach Jorge Chavez said. “This year I put her as one of my forwards and she has scored just about ten goals. She’s doing great and she’s still growing.”

But she’s been growing with scoliosis. A back disease which causes abnormal curvature to the spine.

"I was like in real pain,” Fabiana said. “But soccer is helping me get less pain and really helping me a lot.”

Fabiana is helping the team have their best start in season history as the Rams are currently 9-1.

"We never had that feeling before of winning,” Fabiana explained. “It’s just amazing and the girls are so happy, it’s just the greatest feeling ever.”

A feeling so good, she wants to continue playing the game the rest of her life.

"It’s like my future,” Fabiana said. “I plan to maybe go pro if I can.”

Because Fabiana believes.

"If you believe that you can do it then anything is possible.”