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October 2, 2013

Mansour tried, tried, tried and then tried again

Pinkerton senior finally makes team in last attempt

Jimmy Mansour was cut from the Pinkerton boys soccer team as a freshman, sophomore and junior but guess who was at the first day of tryouts in August for his fourth and final attempt?

The fourth time was a charm, apparently.

“My mom always said I was stubborn,” Mansour said. “I’ll always strive to be better at anything I do in life.”

The senior is the Astros’ backup goalie. But he has reason to be as proud as an All-State player. He never accepted “no” for an answer.

“The first thing I did when I got home from tryouts was hug my mom, give her a kiss and tell her I made it,” Mansour said. “It was a great feeling.”

Mansour tried out as a field player each of his first three seasons.

“I was just determined because I wanted to be on the team,” Mansour said. “I love team sports. I just want to have fun and contribute any way I can. And I love to play.”

Mansour, who has been playing soccer since he was 4, worked out as a goalie throughout the summer.

“I’m a big kid — 6-3, 200 pounds — so goalie kind of just made sense,” he said.

“I just don’t think I was good enough as a (field) player. I have pretty good ball skills but I was just never really fast. I was a striker and then I did a complete 180 and changed to a goalie.”

Well, he didn’t go straight from striker to keeper. Mansour tried out as an attacker as a freshman and sophomore before switching to defender as a junior. But defense didn’t work out either.

Mansour — who played JV hockey and JV lacrosse his sophomore year — trained with teammate Cam Burke during the offseason.

Mansour and Burke, who transferred from Sanborn as a junior, had played indoor soccer together and that’s how they became friends.

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