Aaron Macedo has scored only two goals this season, but his second one was by far the biggest as it kept Cal Poly Pomona’s magical season alive.
The senior struck nearly six minutes into overtime in the Elite Eight to lift the Broncos to a 3-2 win over Colorado Mines.
Macedo reflected on the moment last week.
“Words can’t really describe it,” Macedo said. “It’s just an amazing feeling to score and help the team win. An opportunity came for me to score and I took full advantage of it.”
Despite the pressure riding on the game, Macedo said it never bothered him.
“There was no pressure,” Macedo said. “When I’m in the game, I’m focused on my role on the field. When the ball came, I saw it in a good position to attack it and got it in the air and headed it.”
Macedo transferred to Cal Poly after playing two seasons at Cerritos College. After a redshirt season in 2013, he saw action in 18 games last year for the Broncos and finished with one goal and one assist.
This has been his best season at the college level. In addition to a pair of goals, Macedo has also dished out four assists. He has appeared in 21 games, including 14 starts, for the Broncos, who are 16-2-3 as they prepare to battle Rockhurst Thursday in a national semifinal in Pensacola, Fla.
“I focused on taking care of my diet (this season) and doing my strength and conditioning work to the best of my ability in the offseason,” Macedo said. “I worked a lot on where to position myself on the field, where to shoot, where to cross. I feel you always get better if you keep working.”
The hard work has paid off and Macedo is thrilled about the opportunity in front of him.
“It’s a dream come true to compete in the final four at the NCAA level,” Macedo said. “It’s my senior year and I’ll never get an opportunity to play at this level again. It’s a great feeling.”