Shady Side Academy's Krystyna Rytel setting big goals
Last year, the Shady Side Academy soccer team featured a high-scoring duo in Elizabeth Harper and Krystyna Rytel as the Indians claimed the WPIAL championship. With Harper graduated, Rytel will be leading the offense.
Rytel, a junior center midfielder who also competes in track, had 33 goals and 30 assists last year. She is confident the Indians will acquit themselves well this season.
“I think with the returning players we have this year, we have the potential to be successful and contend for the WPIAL championship again.”
Along with practicing with the team twice a week this summer, Rytel has been playing for Century V Gold, a club team.
“We just returned from regionals where we won two games and tied the third,” she said. “Unfortunately, this did not put us in a position to move on to nationals.”
In Rytel's first two seasons, the Indians reached the WPIAL Class A semifinals in 2015, followed by last season's championship. Rytel wants to keep upping her game so the success continues.
“What I'm looking to do this summer is improve my speed and increase my ability to make plays in the air,” she said.
Marty Stewart is a freelance writer.