Senior Spotlight – Sebastian Varela

Sebastian Varela, a senior here at Ramapo, has played soccer at the varsity level since his freshman year. Scoring the winning goal in the 2014 Bergen County championship as a ninth grader, Varela has remained an outstanding player throughout his time at Ramapo. Just last year, Sebastian helped lead the team to another big victory, the New Jersey State Championship.

Sebastian began playing soccer around the age of 7 on a club team in Orangeburg, New York called World Class. Varela says, “They were like a family to me, so I give them a lot of credit for developing me into who I am as a soccer player and as a person,”.

But Sebastian is more than just an amazing soccer player. According to his teammates and coaches, Sebastian demonstrates a deep appreciation for the community aspect of being on a team. After being asked what he will miss most about playing Ramapo soccer, Varela said, “The vibe that you get is different from any club team…playing with your friends that you’ve known for so long and playing at this level is really special,”. When asked about his time at Ramapo, Varela was glad to speak of his team and the successes and the accomplishments that they have reached together. Sebastian’s sister Sofia says, “Sebastian always tries his best and works really hard,”. It is clear to many, that Varela’s hardwork has paid off. He truly represents Ramapo Athletics at their best.

Now in his final season here, Varela is playing better than ever. Having helped the team recover from their shocking losses earlier this season, it is clear to see that he is now dominating the field once again. Next fall, Sebastian will begin classes and another soccer season at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. Varela says, “It’s kind of like at Ramapo in the way that the soccer team is like a family,”.

Having now amassed three county titles, as well as numerous accolades within his division and league, Sebastian has made an impressive impact on the entire soccer program at Ramapo.

By: Corinna Collins ’20

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