Girls Soccer: Knowing where they're at

UA-bound twins with 'telepathy' put Mtn. View on map
2012-12-14T00:00:00Z Girls Soccer: Knowing where they're atAlex Williams Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 14, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Mountain View girls soccer coach Kaissa Gurvine first heard about twins Laura and Priscilla Pimenta long before she ever coached them.

Gurvine, then the commissioner of an American Youth Soccer Organization team in Tucson, said parents and coaches kept coming to her and raving about the 8-year-old twins and how they were dominating the league.

The UA-bound twins have used their midfield talents to turn Gurvine's Mountain Lions into a force in Southern Arizona.

"They have everything a soccer player needs," said Gurvine, whose team has outscored foes 18-2 during a five-game winning streak following a season-opening loss to Sahuaro. "Just everything. They're the total package."

The Pimentas have been playing together ever since taking family trips to the park as little kids, and Priscilla said they've always had a close connection on the field.

"We've always played together, so we know each other's way of thinking," she said. "Some people say we have twin telepathy."

Gurvine said that the twins' chemistry is helped by the fact that they play a position that allows them to almost always be near each other on the field, but it ultimately comes down to the relationship between the two sisters.

"We're close sisters," Laura said. "We fight, yeah, but we've always been close. I guess we're just twins."

Here's a closer look at Mountain View's dangerous senior twins:

Twin connection

The Pimentas' skills make them dangerous enough - Gurvine pointed out their touch and vision as things that stand out - but when you add in the rare twin connection they have, the sisters turn into a lethal combination.

"I've never seen anything like it," Gurvine said, "and I've played soccer my whole life."

Laura said she doesn't notice anything out of the ordinary when it comes to being comfortable with her sister on the field, but that doesn't mean the two don't connect at a unique level.

"I don't see it," Laura said. "But people say that when I'm playing, I won't even look, and I'll pass the ball, and she'll be right there."

Switching roles

As a junior, Laura missed a significant chunk of the season with an injury. Priscilla said that was a learning experience, as she was forced to play without her sister for the first time in her life.

Now the roles have reversed.

Priscilla partially tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee early this season, and now Laura is on the field without her sister for the first time in her life.

"It's hard. … She's a really big asset," Laura said. "She's everywhere all of the time, helping other positions. Since she's not there anymore, I have to step into that role. Just go everywhere."

But the biggest difference might be adapting to something Laura says she doesn't even notice - knowing where the other midfielder will be at all times.

"Now that she's not playing, I'll pass the ball, and no one will be there," Laura said. "I can see what people are talking about sometimes now."

College decision

Playing together in college has been a goal for the Pimentas since starting to realize how good they were during club soccer in eighth grade.

They'll realize that goal next year at the UA under first-year coach Tony Amato.

Laura said colleges originally started recruiting each sister individually, but they soon decided they'd be a package deal.

"It's easy because I trust her," Laura said.

"We can work together and not get mad or yell because of how much we trust each other."

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