Palma signs to play soccer at Mesa State

Stevie Palma dreams of playing professional soccer someday, but for now, he’s focusing on playing at the collegiate level.

The Central High School senior signed a letter of intent Thursday with Mesa State College.

“I chose Mesa because of the soccer program,” Palma said. “I like what they are doing and it is close to home.

“I don’t want to be too far away.”

Palma has played soccer since he was 4 years old and isn’t shy about admitting his dreams of playing professionally.

He participated in a tryout for the Colorado Rapids Development Academy under-18 team last summer, but missed the cut on the final day.

“Stevie is dedicated to the game,” Central coach Doug Beach said. “He practices before practice. He practices after practice. He is an awesome player with the determination and drive to succeed.”

Palma was an All-State honorable mention selection and a first team all-conference pick last season for the Warriors (3-12, 2-8 Southwestern League). He led Central with 15 goals and scored 38 in his four years on varsity. Beach said Palma may be Central’s all-time leading goal scorer.

“He is a very creative player,” Beach said. “He can create opportunities for himself, yet he is not afraid to give up the ball and get an assist.”

The forward hopes to bring a scoring punch to the Mavericks (2-15-2), who scored 13 goals and were shut out 11 times this past fall.

“One of my goals is to help them pick it up,” Palma said. “I want to help them get a playoff berth.”


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