Originally created 04/28/00

Acevedos are sisters in soccer too



Like most sisters Francine, Paulette and Nicole Acevedo have their share of sibling squabbles, but never on the soccer field.

"When we get on the field, we leave all other things behind," said Francine, a freshman at Aquinas High School.

All three sisters play for the Lady Irish (9-8-1), who will travel to Atlanta today to play The Paideia School at 4:30 p.m. in the AA/A state quarterfinals.

The team advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Perry High School on Wednesday 4-2.

Francine, Paulette and Nicole began playing soccer in middle school at St. Mary On The Hill School.

"It was `the' sport to play," said Paulette, a sophomore.

While their soccer careers started around the same time, the sisters aren't always working together on the same team.

When Nicole and Paulette played on the Vipers select team in the fall, Francine could only practice with her sisters because she was too young to be on the team.

They are looking forward to today's game.

"I think we've worked really hard this season," Paulette said of her team.

This is the fourth consecutive year the girls in green and gold have made it to the state quarterfinals. Progressing to Wednesday's semifinals will be no easy task for the unranked Fighting Irish, coach Tommy Garcia said.

"Paideia is a perennial power," he said.

Ranked second in the state, Paideia (9-4-1) defeated region foe, top-ranked Westminster School of Atlanta (14-2-2), earlier in the year.

Win or lose, the sisters say playing soccer is a high for them.

"Soccer is the most fun thing. It's rewarding," said Nicole, a junior. "I may be having a horrible day, but when I get on the field and start playing, none of that matters."