Baggio is his name, soccer is his game

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Named after player from Italy, Estancia senior was destined to play soccer and has done it well for much-improved Eagles.

December 15, 2011|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
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Baggio Dominguez was born to play soccer.

Baggio's mother, Rosa, likes to tell the story of how Baggio got his first name. When Rosa was pregnant with Baggio, the World Cup was in Pasadena. The year was 1994 and Italy and Brazil met in the finale.

"My mom was telling me … that my dad was thinking of a bunch of names to name me," Baggio said. "He just liked the name, 'Roberto Baggio.'"

As a result, Juan Carlos named his son after a star soccer player from Italy.

Baggio wasn't the first son in the family to have the name of a well-known player.

Baggio's older brother, Edson, has the first name of one of the greatest soccer players, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, or better known as Pelé.

The best player in the Dominguez family is Baggio. The senior has helped Estancia match last season's win total in the first three matches of the season.


While Baggio has the name of a former goal scorer, it has been his job as a defender to stop the opposition's attack.

Baggio has solidified a defense that gave up too many goals last season. The Eagles opened the season with two shutout victories before allowing their first goals of the season in a 4-2 win against Corona del Mar last week.

"He's become a leader," Estancia Coach Robert Castellano said of Baggio. "He's somebody everybody looks up to. Everybody likes the kid."

What's there not to like about Baggio? Being on the field with his teammates is what makes Baggio go.

He and his teammates are enjoying the start to the season. They have turned things around at Estancia after last season's dismal record.

Many of the same players on this season's squad played last season, when the Eagles finished 3-14-4. There is a difference this season under Castellano, who is in his third season in charge of his alma mater.

"The kids were a little complacent because they won the [Orange Coast League title the] year before [last year]," Castellano said. "[They were] maybe a little overconfident coming in and lost a little bit of that hunger.

"With that year we had last year … that kind of makes us refocus and get that hunger back."

Castellano has pushed the Eagles more this season than in the previous two. He won't hesitate benching a starter.

The Eagles have a deep roster with 22 seniors. The defense, with Baggio, Sean Bjelland, Christian Montillo, Erick Gonzalez and goalkeeper Danny Guerrero, is stout.

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