Aiden Lapp

Aiden Lapp understands that not every guitarist plays the big solos. The guy who is strumming the repeating chords, the rhythm guitarist, is just as important to a great band as the guy who is shredding.

On the Sandwich High School boys’ soccer team, Aiden has spent the last few years as the Knights’ highly talented rhythm guitarist, making the plays that go unnoticed by the layman, but not by the aficionado. As a defender for the Blue Knights, Lapp has spent his last few years making things easier for the team as a whole, moving the ball out of harm’s way and keeping the ball flowing the other way.

Aiden is the son of Douglas Lapp and Simone Rinaldi. An honor roll student, who is a member of both the National Honor Society and the Math Honor Society, the co-captain for the boys’ soccer team said that math is his favorite subject in school. His most-prized possession is—wait for it—his electric guitar.

The musician said that his favorite recording artist is Kanye West, and that “Eight Mile” is his favorite movie. “South Park” is his favorite TV show, and his mom’s homemade pasta and meatballs is his favorite meal.

How did you get involved with soccer? How much do you enjoy it? What is your role on the team?

My dad signed me up for rec soccer when I was 5 years old, and coached all of my rec and travel teams since. Since then, soccer has become my passion. My role on the team is being a captain, and playing defense. My typical position is fullback, but I’ve been playing primarily center back for my high school team this season.

The Knights had a challenging season, but got into the state tournament. How do you feel about how the team, and yourself, performed this season? What factors made the team play its best?

The team has lots of potential this season, and I believe that we are a very strong team. Our domination in the center midfield with fast strikers and a consistent defense makes our team difficult to beat.

How do you think your game as a soccer player has evolved over the years?

After getting more heavily involved in the sport through playing on club teams, I became more aggressive, improved my technique and first touch, and developed a further understanding of the game.

Your team qualified for the state tournament, and has been playing postseason games. Do you like the new statewide setup, or do you think the old regional setup was better? Why?

I like the new statewide setup better because it allowed my team and me to travel to places farther away from home, and play against teams that we would otherwise not be able to play against.

Every sport requires a certain set of skills that the layman may not know about. What is something about your sport that is difficult to do that most people would not think about?

I believe the most difficult part of soccer is making the right decision quickly, in order to make the best out of a bad situation. For example, not hesitating and instantly deciding whether to pressure a ball or drop back when you are caught out of position is a skill which is extremely difficult and takes lots of practice to learn.

What do you think a scouting report would say about you?

I think a scouting report would say that I have a good first touch, and good vision to see how a potential play should develop.

Of all the games that you have ever played in is there one that stands out as the best? Why?

This year’s senior night against Falmouth stands out as the best for me. This is because it was a close, exciting game, where I had clutch defensive moments to secure the game. Additionally, my old club coach is the coach of Falmouth, so it felt nice to get a win against him.

What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?

Tying Nauset was the highlight of my athletic career because they were a top-ranked team in the state, and my team and I played exceptionally well and focused hard to seriously compete against them.

Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?

The best teammate that I’ve ever played with is Luke Erlandsen. Luke is a center back on my club team, who I have played with for the past 8 years. Luke stands out because of his reliability, never losing a 50/50 in the air, and remaining positive through the worst situations.

Is there a coach or mentor who has made a difference in your growth as a player, or as a person? What did they do to help you along the way?

My Dad has made a tremendous difference in my growth as a player and a person. He first introduced me to soccer, and taught me the fundamentals of the sport. Additionally, he taught me important lessons about sportsmanship and being a good person on and off the field.

Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?

I don’t have any sports-related superstitions.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?

The most important thing I’ve learned from playing sports is that it’s important to be kind to others, and to never bring them down. I’ve found that my teammates play better when you point out what they’re doing well in a game, and that the team collectively plays worse when everybody is angry and yelling at each other.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?

I would choose super-speed because it would be fun to run insanely fast, and it would be very useful to get to places in an instant.

Is there anyone that you would like to thank?

I would like to thank my parents for always being there and supporting me. I would also like to thank my previous coaches, specifically Coach Plourde, Coach Alvarenga, and Coach Asparouhov for my technical development in the sport.

What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?

The biggest difference between me as a senior and as a freshman is that I’m more outgoing and confident. I would tell my freshman self to be yourself, and to not worry about what other people think of you.

What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?

I know how to play the guitar and the piano.

If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?

I would switch places with Kanye West. As Kanye West, I would love to perform his music, hang out with interesting people, and have access to his Twitter account.

Describe your idea of the perfect day.

My perfect day would be waking up and eating pancakes my dad makes me. After that I would spend the day at the beach with my friends, and hang out with them into the night and have a bonfire to relax.

What are your post high school plans?

I plan to attend a four-year college to study computer science.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years I see myself at a job where I can utilize computer science skills to do something impactful and meaningful in the world.

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