Bunnell girls soccer coach Sebastian Wojdaszka has a lot of faith in sophomore center midfielder Mia DiPronio. That’s why the veteran Bulldogs coach puts DiPronio in the middle of the action, helping Bunnell from endline to endline, sideline to sideline. DiPronio played a big factor in helping the Bulldogs return to the state tournament, her first appearance in the state tournament, where the Bunnell fell to Mercy in the first round. Before that game, though, DiPronio—who is now gearing up for back-to-back track seasons—took time out to go “On the Record” with the Stratford Sports Scene.
STRATFORD SPORTS SCENE: What’s the best thing about Bunnell High School?
MIA DiPRONIO: The sports. The people. The teachers. The coaches. Everybody is really supportive.
SSS: If you could change one thing about the school, what would it be?
MD: Probably the attention that girls sports get. There’s not much attention paid to us.
SSS: What teacher or coach has had the biggest impact on you so far at Bunnell?
MD: Dubs. Coach Wojdaszka. If I need a teacher to talk to, he’s there for me. On the field, off the field, he’s a great supporter.
SSS: How did you become a soccer player?
MD: Nobody in my family played soccer. When I was little, I remember seeing a soccer game on TV and I wanted to try it. I was five. I’ve done it ever since.
SSS: What did it mean to you to help get the team to the state tournament again?
MD: It meant a lot. Last year, we were good but as a freshman, I didn’t know what I was getting into, but everybody was really supportive. This year, to make it as far as we did, it’s a great accomplishment.
SSS: Playing center mid is an important position. How do you sum up what you’re responsible for every time out there?
MD: You have to know where your players are. You have to know their strengths and weaknesses. You have to know where to be and how to read the game.
SSS: Since you play all over the field, with the game on the line, what play do you want to make: Game-winning goal? Setting up the game-winning goal? Or making a defensive play to save the game?
MD: Umm, I think my favorite part of the game is setting up my players and have them accomplish something, so I’d go with the assist.
SSS: What is your earliest sports memory?
MD: Watching soccer on television.
SSS: Do you have a favorite team?
MD: Arsenal. They used to be in the top six and they’re underdogs again and that’s kind of how we are.
SSS: What scares you?
MD: Life. Being older. Being a grown-up. Yeah.
SSS: What is something nobody knows about you?
MD: I love helping people and giving back. I’m part of the Unified Sports here and I love giving those people the opportunity to play.
SSS: If you could go out for dinner with four people, anybody from any place or time in history, who would you pick?
MD: Mia Hamm. Thierry Henry. And (long pause) probably Abby Wambach and Erin Ramsay. I really like soccer. (Laughs).
SSS: What’s your perfect breakfast?
MD: Bagel, cream cheese and fruit.
SSS: The ideal midnight snack?
MD: Ice cream.
SSS: If you could go home tonight for your favorite home-cooked meal, what would it be?
MD: Eggplant parmesan.
SSS: If you could live the life of a TV or movie character for one day, who would you pick?
MD: I’d probably pick a movie character and I’d probably be Cristiano Ronaldo is his movie, so I could see what that kind of fame is like.
SSS: If Hollywood was going to make a movie of your life, what’s it called and who stars as you?
MD: “The Life of Mia.” Who stars as me? Mia Hamm? You mean an actress? (Pause). I’m not sure.
SSS: What was the last book you read that wasn’t for school?
MD: It’s called “Escape” and it’s about a schizophrenic boy and him figuring out he has schizophrenia.
SSS: What one word best describes Mia DiPronio?