"My favorite part of soccer is being in the grass playing ball," said Emilio Barba. "For me, its competitive," said Jerry Flores.
"I enjoy the game, I just love it, its in my blood," said Miguel Lazcanno.
They are just three of seventeen players in the El Camino Real Pumas soccer team. They've been playing the game since they could walk and the Pumas have been committed since they were eight.
"You ask any of these kids, there is no other place they would rather be," said Alex Reynoso, coach of El Camino Real.
Its that dedication to the sport that helped them this season. In March, they came in second at state finals, but their points and record of this and past seasons was enough for them to stay on track for nationals, which means a trip to Hawaii for regional's in June.
"I want to represent it, when we go to Hawaii, we are Salinas, it's a great community," said Barba.