Forest Park senior Alondra Magana, center, signs her scholarship with Point University as the Skyhawks coach Randy Douglas, left, and Forest Park coach Kim Bird look on. (Special Photo)
FOREST PARK — When the Point University women’s soccer team dipped into Clayton County three weeks ago to sign one of the area’s best players in Morrow’s Angelica Rivera, the Skyhawks coaches already knew the type of talent the county produced.
Earlier in the signing period the Skyhawks signed prolific Forest Park goal scorer Alondra Magana. Now Magana, who is expected to fill a key need for Point, is relishing her final days of her high school before she heads off to college.
“I’m trying to do as much as I can before the year’s over and start fresh when I get to Point,” she said.
Magana has certainly been busy since the end of the soccer season as she is president of her school’s National Honor Society and wing commander of her JROTC unit.
On the field, she is the all-time leading scorer in program history with 112 goals. Magana scored 13 of her team’s 16 goals this past season after scoring an astonishing 34 goals as a junior.
She attributes a simplistic approach she learned in her early years of playing soccer for her scoring prowess.
Being a young player she was unfamiliar with the technical aspects of the game.
“When I started playing around (age) 12, the coach just said, ‘Put the ball into the net’ and that’s what I did,” Magana said. “I just continued. When I get on the field that’s what I want to do.”
Before playing team soccer, the forward credits her older brother, Alejandro Mangarrez, for introducing her to the game. Mangarrez was a team MVP and captain when he played for Creekside High School in Fulton County.
“One day he just brought me out and I would practice with him every day after sunset in our front yard,” Magana said. “Then I started playing in (a) league and from there I got good and started playing with more and more teams.”
Magana played her club soccer with the AFC Lightning, splitting her time between the AFC 96 Premiere Team and the AFC 96 Elite Team.”
We faced really tough teams,” Magana said. “It offered me competition throughout the entire season.”
Forest Park made the playoffs Mangarrez’s freshman year and won the county championship in her junior campaign. She helped elevate the Panthers into one of county’s best programs.
“It was nice to have somebody on the team that you knew had potential and could take it somewhere,” said Panthers coach Kim Bird.
Point head coach Randy Douglas is looking for immediate help and eventual success from Magana.
“We addressed a need for a goal scorer when we signed Alondra, and I expect her to continue her hard work,” Douglas said in a statement on the team’s website. “I know the results will follow.”
If not at the beginning of the season, Magana wants to start by the end of her freshman year. Bird thinks she is capable of that.
“She’s the best soccer player that we’ve had,” Bird said. “I expect her to be a starter and score the goals the coach wants her to score.”