By Madeleine Balestrier, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - He transferred from Tulsa University and extended his stay away from his home country just to play for the Penn State men's soccer team. Aymar Sigue's dedication to the game plays through his performance on Jeffrey Field, and will see him through to professional opportunities after he retires the Blue and White.
"Aymar is terrific," head coach Bob Warming said. "A guy that I'm really going to miss having around the program."
Sigue's immense dedication to his craft transcends into a positive presence on the team as he motivates his fellow Nittany Lions to focus, learn, and maintain composure even on the worst days or through a trying experience.
"Aymar has never had a bad day," Warming said. "Days he hasn't played well, he has days where things are going wrong with him, he had Malaria for goodness sakes, deathly ill and just wanted to play soccer so guys like that you just love to have around."
The Nittany Lions also love to have the explosive forward in the box looking for his next chance to connect ball with net.
As a newcomer in 2016, Sigue proved to be an asset to the offense as he started 11 of the 16 matches that he saw playing time. He scored three goals on the season, including the ultimate golden goal in double overtime against Rutgers.
The 2017 campaign has kept the graduating senior as a constant in the lineup. Sigue has played in all but one of the 13 matches so far. He continues to add a spark to the team's offensive scheme.
Sigue's dedication to the game transcends ball and cleat as he also encompasses and appreciates the men wearing the Blue and White.
"One of the most memorable moments as a senior that I had this year was the overtime win we had versus Saint Francis because they're our Pennsylvania rivals and I've never seen the team come together as much as we did for that win," Sigue said. "It was one of the first times I really felt like apart of a brotherhood."
That brotherhood has given the game of soccer even more meaning to the striving athlete as he has created a home well beyond the confines of Albert, Canada, his hometown. Once again, he cites his teammates and their bond as an essential piece to his entire Penn State experience.
"Just assimilating myself with the guys because originally I'm from Canada and I went to school in Oklahoma so going to Penn State was a big transition for me just going to a big state school," Sigue said.
As Sigue continues to prepare himself for another life transition, he plans to continue to lace up his cleats and chase the ball into his future with the help of the foundation that he continued to grow as a Nittany Lion.
"After graduation, I of course want to pursue my dream of becoming a professional soccer player. I am going to go on some trials, probably gonna go back to the Vancouver Whitecaps, which is my academy team from back home," Sigue said.
"I'm really happy for them I feel like they are prepared for what's next," Warming said on Sigue and his senior classmates. "They are all going to do great things and I think they are going to be great representatives of Penn State when they leave."
The Penn State men's soccer program gave a great experience to the senior, but Sigue will also leave the influence of his dedicated attitude on Jeffrey Field for the next no. 7 to learn from and appreciate.
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