Story by Maranda Ryser
Danny Arrubla is only a freshman but is already a leader.
Metro forward Arrubla led the men’s soccer team in every offensive category this season.
To top it all off, Arrubla recorded the first hat trick of his collegiate career, making him the first freshman to achieve a hat trick in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game, against Adams State University Oct. 23.
“As a freshman in college it is rare to have a hat trick, so I was really excited about it,” Arrubla said.
Roadrunner head coach Ken Parson said that a hat trick is not something you normally see.
“I think Danny does well with his chances,” Parson said. “That was a game where he had three solid looks at goal and was able to put away all of them. You don’t expect that every game from him.”
Arrubla, from Chandler, Ariz., started 20 games for the Roadrunners and led with 33 points, 13 goals, seven assists and four game-winning goals. Arrubla also had 32 shots on goal with a .457 percentage rate.
“We did not go into the season saying for us to be a good team he has to be productive and score a lot of goals for us,” Parsons said. “It has been a pleasant surprise to see him respond so quickly in his career.”
Arrubla’s teammates are also happy about his contributions.
“He is always there to score when we need him to,” freshman midfielder Jacob Candelaria said.
Parsons added that Arrubla is not only a good player but a good teammate.
“He is not a ball hog and he has got plenty of assists on the year. He can bring other players into the game,” Parsons said.
Arrubla may lead the team offensively, but he is not selfish with his reason.
“I’m working for the seniors on the team because I know it is their last year in college. I’m trying to make it the best for them,” Arrubla said.
As Arrubla’s freshman year of soccer came to an end in the 2-0 RMAC semifinal loss, which was against Colorado School of Mines on Nov. 2, he continues to have high hopes for his team.
“The guys on this team have a lot of heart. I hope we win an RMAC championship in the years to come, and that we can give it a good run in the NCAA tournament in the future,” Arrubla said.
Arrubla has proven his dedication and success as a freshman and has many excited to see where he goes with his years left, including his coach.
“I do not think we go in with any hopes and dreams for our players, other than the fact we want to them to have a quality experience here, and to get their degrees,” Parsons said. “We give them the best opportunity to be productive as soccer players, and Danny has demonstrated that early on.”