Edmond Santa Fe's Matthew Giudice Jr. is a man on the run

Soccer and track keep Giudice busy. He often goes from one venue to the other in the same day to compete.
by Ed Godfrey Published: April 4, 2013
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photo - Edmond Santa Fe soccer player and track runner Matthew Giudice poses for a new photo at Edmond Santa Fe  in Edmond, Okla., Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Edmond Santa Fe soccer player and track runner Matthew Giudice poses for a new photo at Edmond Santa Fe in Edmond, Okla., Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“That just doesn't take as much out of you,” Hawkins said. “Not very often do you have a kid who wants to do both like Matt does.”

In addition to the high school teams, Giudice also plays on one of the top club soccer teams in Oklahoma.

“I have never seen anyone compete in two sports in the same season at this high of a level,” Peeler said. “And to keep doing it for four years, not to get burned out, it's very impressive.”

Giudice — whose twin sister, Tiara, plays on the Edmond Santa Fe girls' soccer team — admits there are days where he feels worn out.

“I get tired, but I get used to it,” he said.

To take care of his body, he tries to eat right, takes vitamins and frequently soaks his sore legs in ice baths.

“I take those almost every day,” he said.

On occasion, Guidice is forced to choose between a soccer game and a track meet because the distance between them are too great.

His decision always is made based on where he is needed the most, but he admits that soccer is his personal preference.

“I grew up playing soccer, and it's always been my favorite,” he said.

Peeler has not had another player or parent express any resentment at the arrangement.

“That's because Juice does it the right way. He never abuses it,” Peeler said. “It's not like he is being lazy about it.”

Giudice has accepted a scholarship to play soccer in Hastings College, Neb., where he also is going to run track.

But soccer will be in the fall, and track is in the spring in college. “I'll be looking for something else to do,” Giudice jokes.

A big decision possibly looms down the road if Edmond Santa Fe advances to the Class 6A state championship soccer game. It's played on the same day as the Class 6A state championship track meet.

“I'm personally kind of worried,” Hawkins said. “I am wondering what is going to happen if we both make it. Matt will do whatever he can to compete at both. I know that.”

Giudice often gets asked which sport he would choose.

“I don't know,” he said. “I think I would choose soccer because I have never been in a high school soccer finals.”

 

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by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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