You’ve got to hand it to Bunnell High senior Jojo Lumasag. No injury is going to get him down.
When Lumasag, a four-year starter for the Bulldogs, went down with a dislocated finger in his team’s SWC quarterfinal loss at Pomperaug last week, you knew it would only be a matter of time before the veteran midfielder was back on the field.
That’s where he’ll be on Monday when 16th-seeded Bunnell hosts No. 17 Torrington in a Class L first-round contest at Mastroni Field. Game time is 4 p.m.
The Bulldogs have turned their fortunes around since last year when they won just one game all season long.
This year, Bunnell is 8-4-4 and hopes are high for their latest postseason appearance.
Earlier this week, following a BHS practice, Lumasag went “On The Record” with the Stratford Sports Scene.
STRATFORD SPORTS SCENE: What’s the best thing about Bunnell High School?
JOJO LUMASAG: The best thing about Bunnell High School in general? I love their music program. I’m heavily involved in their music program. I’m part of their marching band and indoor drumline, their concert band and wind ensemble. I just love it.
SSS: If you could change one thing about the school, what would it be?
JL: The first thing I thought of was the cafeteria. Just to get a wider variety of food choices.
SSS: What teacher or coach has had the biggest impact on you during your time at Bunnell?
JL: I’d probably say Mr. (Garrett) Covino, my English teacher. I’ve had him for two years now and he’s given me some great advice on college.
SSS: You’ve been a two-year captain for the Bunnell boys soccer team. How have you guys turned things around this season?
JL: Last year, we just had a lot of new faces, a brand-new system and a brand new coach. It was hard to make that transition. We had a lot of JV kids coming up to varsity and it was hard to keep up morale on the team last year.
SSS: So if somebody had told you’d be 8-4-4 with SWC and state tournament berths for your senior year, you would have taken that?
JL: Yeah definitely.
SSS: What does a season like this mean for the future of the program?
JL: Looking into the future, this season is def launching what will happen for the next couple of seasons and years. I’m definitely proud of this team and can’t wait to see what they’re going to do in the future.
SSS: How did you become a soccer player?
JL: It all started when I was 5 years old. My dad signed me up with my neighbors and I went from Rec, went into Stratford United, and decided I love doing that and started playing even high-level club after that. I used to play for Shelton and now I’m playing for the Trumbull Revolution.
SSS: What’s your earliest sports memory?
JL: The thing that popped into my head was playing Torrington in the qualifying round of the (Class L state) tournament two years ago. It’s kind of recent, but that’s the first thing that popped up. We were up 3-0 and almost blew a lead (before winning 5-4 in double overtime).
SSS: As a soccer fan, who is your team?
JL: Man U (Manchester United). I don’t really have a favorite player. I just like the team.
SSS: Let’s shift gears on your now: What scares you?
JL: Death. And probably getting hurt again in a soccer game.
SSS: Hollywood is making a movie of your life. What’s the title and who stars as you?
JL: “Little Prodigy” would be the title. Who would star as me? I don’t know his name, but I’d love for that Asian actor (Henry Golding) that’s in Crazy Rich Asians to star as me.
SSS: If you could go back in time to witness anything in history, where would you go?
JL: Anything in history? Oof. That’s a hard one. I’d say when the U.S. Women’s World Cup team won that first one (in 1999).
SSS: What was the last book you read that wasn’t for school?
JL: That’s a good one. I mean I did read a book, but it wasn’t really literature. It was about first aid and wilderness survival.
SSS: What’s your perfect breakfast?
JL: Pancakes, bacon, eggs, rice and water.
SSS: And the perfect midnight snack?
JL: A banana.
SSS: How about your favorite home-cooked meal?
JL: Steak, mashed potatoes and green beans.
SSS: And what one word best describes Jojo Lumasag?
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