Gators' Apolonio headed to UK


SEVEN SPRINGS – Chase your dreams and holding nothing back.

It’s advice that Edgar Victoriano Apolonio decided to follow and he’s about to begin a journey he never expected to take.

The Spring Creek senior will attend the International Soccer Academy at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle in the United Kingdom. He announced his decision Thursday afternoon.

“It’s something he had been talking to me about while the season was going on and we were just praying that he would get that opportunity because I know it was something he really wanted and something he was daring to do,” said SC head coach Miguel Torres.

Apolonio had to convince his parents first.

They had several conversations about his future, expressed their concerns and remained apprehensive on giving their blessings. As the recruiting period drew closer, Apolonio explained to his parents that he didn’t have much time to find a college.

His work ethic off and on the field convinced his parents.

“I didn’t begin the recruiting process early enough to commit to either a Division I or II college,” Apolonio said. “Through them I feel like I can get the same amount of playing time and that high level of soccer, especially being in England, which is one of the most popular countries to play soccer.

“I feel like they can help me through the soccer side to pursue a professional career. The school is accredited both in the UK and United States, and it will help me with academic connections.”

Apolonio helped guide Spring Creek to the inaugural Neuse Six 2A regular-season and tournament championships in 2021. The Gators finished unbeaten at home, won 16 games and advanced to the fourth round of the NC High School Athletic Association playoffs.

He scored two goals and dished out one assist.

Torres described the versatile Apolonio as the model leader and student-athlete, and someone who gets the whole team involved on the pitch.

“He can play any position and he demonstrated that for us by playing multiple positions throughout his four-year career,” Torres said. “I think that’s something that’s going to definitely help him as he starts his journey in college.”

Apolonio plans to obtain a degree in sports management.

He’d like to help manage a professional team financially or play, but would have to adjust to the physicality and aggressiveness of European soccer.


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