Royce Bonilla worries about something that probably doesn’t faze many other goalies in the Academic Athletic Association.
The senior joined the Galileo boys’ soccer team this year as a way to get in shape for wrestling, as the 161-pounder thought he would get more of a workout on the pitch than he did the past three years playing football for the Lions.
And he’s trying hard not to bring his gridiron mentality with him while playing the “beautiful game.”
“I know [the other players] are all playing for club teams and stuff,” Bonilla said. “I don’t want to hurt anybody.”
Bonilla has been a major find for Galileo in net, helping the surprising Lions to a 5-2 start in AAA play. He was in goal when Galileo shut out Lowell 1-0 and made 12 saves, many from point-blank range, in a 3-1 loss to Mission on Tuesday.
“It’s weird that there’s not a lot of contact, but you get used to it,” Bonilla said. “I like the quickness you need to have. It’s fun.”