Trib HSSN athletes of the week: Avonworth’s Owen North, Shady Side Academy’s Krystyna Rytel
By: Brian Graham
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | 4:15 PM
Claim to fame: North converted a penalty kick with under seven minutes left in Avonworth’s 2-1 win over Rockwood on Saturday in a PIAA Class A quarterfinal at Peters Township. North, who has scored six goals and has eight assists this season, also scored on a penalty kick against Greensburg Central Catholic in the WPIAL finals.
“He’s a glue player holding down the middle of the field for us,” coach Tom Angell said. “He’s very solid on the ball, and works very hard in the middle. He’s been critical with a lot of tough games we have had.”
Coach Angell has described you as a penalty kick specialist. Describe the mentality you need to have to have success at PKs.
I just try not to think too much about it in general. I know it’s just a high school game, so one kick won’t define the rest of my life. The player has the advantage, not the goalie. So I just try to pick my spot and go with it.
What role do you play for the team?
I’m the type of player who is always thinking to pass first. Usually right from the start of games, we try to advocate possessing my ball. I just try to play the way I face, and I instantly try to find through balls through the ground.
What are your plans after high school?
I’m looking to go to a four-year university to study finance or business. One of my top schools is Villanova.
What has been the most memorable moment of your time playing soccer in high school?
I’ll definitely remember this year and freshman year. I’ll remember how much my teammates have changed over that time period. Getting acclimated to that environment to now where we’re leading the team.