HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Sonest Furtado's collegiate soccer career ended a couple of months ago on October 29th. But Furtado knew that once the final whistle blew in her last game for the Rainbow Wahine soccer team, it wouldn't be the end of her playing days.
"After college was done, I knew that I couldn't stop there, that I had to keep on working out and still have the mindset and same grind."
Furtado has been training non-stop since the end of her senior season at the University of Hawaii, hoping for an opportunity to get drafted into the NWSL (National Women's Soccer League) next month.
After leading the Wahine in scoring with seven goals in her senior season, Furtado believes that she has an opportunity to get drafted on January 18th and fulfill her dream of playing professional soccer.
"Ever since high school, I've always had a dream of playing professional but I think after my junior year of college, I knew that I was developing more and becoming a better player," Furtado said. "It was then that I wanted to make my senior season the best that it could be and I want to play professional."Ever since we were done with the season, I still worked out ... but I think now, it's more serious and to the point like it's now or never, do or die."
The Waianae native hasn't received any guarantees from teams that she'll be selected, but is optimistic about the outlook of her future.
"I'm not to sure about teams, but my agent's been telling me to just keep doing what I'm doing and that there's a pretty good chance that I get drafted because of my highlights and stats," she said. "He said to keep my hopes up and plan for the best. We'll see when it comes next month."
In order to keep her mind from wandering about the uncertainty of draft day, Furtado has put her head down and continued to train, sharpening her mind to take on whatever is thrown her away in the future.
"My mindset has become stronger and more so like I really want to do this. I'm really just putting my all out there," she said.
She hasn't been alone in this process, however, as her former Wahine head coach Michele Nagamine offered her some advice.
"At the end of the season, she was saying stuff like, 'You can do it' and 'Don't look back,'" Furtado said. "And that she believes in me."