Lady Ranger soccer star graduates
to greener fields
by Misty Volaski
Just seconds are left in the final game of the season. The
score is tied. The spectators are fanatic, and the other team's
fullbacks are bearing down on you. You've got the ball - and
the last shot of the game.
Pressure? Nah. For soccer players like senior Alicia Cattoni,
moments like these are what the game's all about. It's why Alicia
has been playing since she was 5. It's what drove Alicia to play
all these years.
And her passion for the game is obvious to anyone who has ever
watched a Nordhoff girls' soccer game. As a Nordhoff's co-captain
of the varsity soccer squad, she was named First Team, All-Frontier
League this year, and was named to the second team last year.
The two-time defensive player of the year finished her fourth
season with the Lady Rangers this year and helped her team place
first in league for the fourth year in a row. Alicia's athletic
accomplishments and positive attitude have landed her a spot
on the cafeteria wall as part of Nordhoff's elite Hall of Fame.
But Alicia is much more than an athlete. She is currently finishing
up a video productions class at Nordhoff, and is already making
herself known as a director in the valley, entering her films
in local festivals and working on the Ojai Film Festival since
its creation three years ago.
Her biggest accomplishment as a director, she said, was when
she wrote, directed and produced a youth film called "Truth."
Not only was she able to work with friends on her very own project,
but she was also presented with two of the most prestigious awards
that the Ojai Film Festival bestows upon movies: Best Narrative
and Best Editing. "That was great because I wrote and directed
and produced 'Truth,' and those are basically the biggest awards."
Alicia will further her dream this fall when she attends Brooks
Institue of Photography at the new Ventura campus. She plans
to study the direction and/or production of motion pictures.
"It would be cool to be a director," Alicia said, "just
not of documentaries!" She once did a documentary in her
video productions class and found she didn't like the style.
"I like things to be organized," she said.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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ALICIA CATTONI has been playing soccer for the last 13 years
of her life, but is now concentrating on directing movies.