KCChronicle.com/preps Athlete of the Week: St. Charles East boys soccer’s Daniel DiLeonardi
Why he was selected: Scored three goals Thursday against Bartlett, his second hat trick of the season.
St. Charles East senior forward Daniel DiLeonardi entered Tuesday’s game against Elgin with 10 goals, helping fill the scoring void left by senior T.C. Hull’s ACL injury for the undefeated Saints. DiLeonardi, the St. Charles Bank & Trust-Kane County Chronicle Athlete of the Week, spoke with sports editor Jay Schwab about his prolific scoring pace, playing this year alongside younger brother Evan and more. The following is an edited transcript:
Having the two hat tricks in the first month of the season, how much does that accomplishment mean to you?
It’s nice to get off to a good start and get goals for the team. A lot of the goals have been team goals and have been the result of plays that [were executed] with a purpose. … I’ve been fortunate enough to be the one to put [a lot of them] away.
Is there a certain type of shot or type of goal that has been especially good to you so far?
I pride myself on being a fast player so I like getting through-balls from teammates behind me and running on to to them, and depositing them into the side netting.
What’s it been like playing with your brother this year?
I haven’t played with him in competitive soccer before. The only time I’ve played with him since we’re different ages is baseball because baseball mixes ages. …It’s nice because he’s got good vision and he’s a hard worker and he looks to slot the ball through to me, so he gives me more chances.
If you had to pick one teammate to help you with some difficult homework, who would it be?
I’m going to say Andrew Shone. He’s a smart guy and the subject I struggle with most is math for AP calculus, and he took it last year, so he could help me with it.