Dong-Gi Shin's first season at Costa Mesa High did not turn out as expected. The Mustangs never won a boys' soccer match in Orange Coast League play two seasons ago.
The reason why the team failed to record a victory in league had nothing to do with talent.
"We couldn't win because [we were] not helping each other and supporting each other," said Shin, adding that it bothered him that the captains on the team messed around. "We were blaming each other when [the opposition would] score on us. I couldn't do anything because I was a sophomore."
Shin wanted to speak up, but he had a problem coming up with the right words.
He did not speak English.
Shin was still adjusting from leaving his homeland, South Korea, for the U.S. He moved with his mother and sister, his father stayed behind.
Shin said he came to this country for a better education. Playing soccer was the last thing on his mind when he arrived on the Costa Mesa campus in the middle of his freshman year.