Kendziora sparks Lady Tigers

Name: Rita Kendziora

School: Hollidaysburg Area

Age: 15

Grade: Sophomore

Sport: Soccer

Athlete of the week achievement: Kendziora had two goals and three assists in a 6-2 victory over Central Mountain and collected three second-half goals and an assist in a 5-0 victory over Tyrone.

Season update: Kendziora has 19 goals and seven assists for the 12-3 Lady Tigers.

Coach Dave Soellner’s quote: “I think she’s an all-around player. I think as she grows as a player, she’s going to be pretty spectacular. She plays year-round, and she has a lot of passion for the game.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. McClelland

Favorite subject: English

Favorite movie: “If I Stay”

Favorite food: Watermelon

Favorite song: “Youngblood” by 5 Seconds of Summer

Outside interests: Hanging out with friends, working out and watching Netflix

Favorite professional team: USA women’s national soccer team

Favorite college team: Saint Francis

Pro athlete most admired: Rose Lavelle

Best athlete I ever competed against: Las Vegas Sports Academy’s Olivia Garcia

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad (Tom)

Proudest athletic achievement: Playing in the U.S. Youth National Soccer League

How I got my start in soccer: “My brother (Christian) played, and I wanted to be just like him.”

Future goal: Win District 6 four times and make it to the travel soccer national championships in Kansas City