Football star Luis Dominguez’s wild final run with the Broncos
It’s time to meet the Post’s February 14-20 Athlete of the Week, Luis Dominguez of Palm Beach Central.
Senior midfielder Avery Thompson came close to earning the honor for her performance in the American Heritage-Delray girls soccer semi-final win.
However, Dominguez’s penalty in the Broncos’ Area Final gave him a 2.8% advantage in voting and Palm Beach Central his first Final Four appearance in history.
“The guard guessed right, and I can’t believe he walked in. Thank goodness,” Dominguez said after the win.
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Considering that score meant state, you’d think this would be Dominguez’s favorite moment of the season.
However, Dominguez’s fondest memory was scoring a goal and providing an assist against rival Wellington to lift Central’s first district championship trophy with goalkeeper and best friend Sheamus Semco.
One could argue that last year’s Broncos team had more potential to be an upstate contender, finishing the season 9-2 after being ushered in by Centennial in the first round of regionals.
One of the roster’s three returning starters, Dominguez said he had his doubts, knowing that preparing his way back to the playoffs wasn’t going to be easy.
“After seeing the passion and hard work we were going to put into every training session and translate into every game, I knew we could go far, but I never expected to go as far as we did,” Dominguez said.
A 14-2-1 record makes Central look like it’s been through its competition all season, but eight of those wins have come by a hard-fought single point.
Coach Tom Dawkins said when things didn’t go the way for the Broncos, Dominguez was the figure everyone turned to when he struggled to keep his composure.
“He [Luis] realized he needed to step up his leadership role,” Dawkins said. “He led by example. He refused to let anyone outplay him in training or games.”
Beyond his level-headed attitude and determination, the Broncos needed Dominguez’s reliable leg.
The “real deal on the court,” according to Dawkins, nailed every chance he had at a penalty kick on Central’s road to State. There were eight.
“The fact that the team trusted me to execute every moment was amazing knowing that I didn’t let them down,” Dominguez said.
Additionally, Dominguez led the Broncos with 20 points, sharing eight goals and four assists with respective leaders Brandon Mejia and Gabriel Gouveia.
“I was extremely lucky to coach him, and his teammates at Palm Beach Central were lucky to see him play with them rather than against them,” Dawkins said.
Thrilled to have such a monumental run to cap off his prep career before preparing for college, Dominguez said he felt “incredible to be on this run with the whole team this year” and said that being able to write the story of his senior year was an experience he “will never forget.”
“I want to thank everyone on my team for believing in themselves and leaving everything on the pitch in every game,” Dominguez said. “I couldn’t have done it without them.”
“¡Vamos, PBC Broncos!”