September 19, 2018 06:29 PM
(ABC 6 News) – On the pitch, the Byron Bears girls soccer team has found a groove, winning four straight games—and their senior captain, Taylor Kreitinger, is in the middle of it all.
“Taylor is a phenomenal student-athlete,” Bears head coach Jeremy Baumbach said. “What she does on the field, on the track, or in the classroom, it’s just exemplary. She’s one of those girls where you could turn your back, and she’s going to give you 120%.”
Over the past few years, Kreitinger, a defensive midfielder for the Bears, has been a big part of the Bears’ soccer program.
“The determination that I see daily, whether it be practice or in a match, it’s crazy how much effort she puts in,” Baumbach said.
For a second-straight year, Kreitinger is a team captain for the Bears—she’s been on the varsity squad since 8th grade.
“When I was in 8th grade, I was terrified (laughs),” Kreitinger said. “I was so scared to go on the field, but now it’s more of a game. It’s fun to go out and be competitive.”
Besides being a top-notch soccer player, she’s also a dominant runner in track and field—in June, Kreitinger finished in second place in the Class A 800 meter run, and she was part of the Bears’ 5th place Class A 4x200 meter relay team.
“(Track and field and soccer translate well because) you get your conditioning in, and also, you get your hard work ethic,” Kreitinger said.
“It would be super cool (to get the all-time record),” Kreitinger said. “Just having your name up there (would be great).”
The records and accolades would leave a mark, but for Kreitinger, her unselfish nature and leadership qualities translate well to the pitch, because all she said she wants to do is win games.
“I try to be the most aggressive that I possibly can,” Kreitinger said. “My coaches have always told me that I should be more offensive-minded, so I’ve been really trying to do that a lot lately.”
“She was on board with me since day one,” Baumbach added. “She’ll definitely be a pivotal person that we’ll miss. As long as she’s on the field, she gives us 120% out there, anything can happen.”
Kreitinger and the Bears will seek their fifth-straight win on Thursday at Cannon Falls.
Updated: September 19, 2018 06:29 PM
Created: September 19, 2018 04:54 PM
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