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Athlete of the Week Athlete of the Week: Batavia junior soccer player Karina Rosales

Karina Rosales

Batavia, Girls Soccer, Junior

Why she was selected: Scored two goals and had an assist in the Bulldogs’ season-opening win March 18 against Plainfield Central.

Batavia junior Karina Rosales burst onto the girls soccer scene with a strong freshman season, then took a step back during an admittedly frustrating sophomore season. Early indications suggest the forward is primed for a bounce-back junior year after netting a pair of goals in the Bulldogs’ season opener last week. Rosales, the Kane County Chronicle-St. Charles Bank & Trust Athlete of the Week, spoke with Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab about her strong start. The following is an edited transcript:

Did you think you’d start the season fast like that?

Actually, yeah, I was really looking forward to it because I feel like last season, it wasn’t my best season. I was really working hard this whole offseason. I knew we’d have a strong team.

What did you do to kind of amp up your training?

Really I just started watching what I ate and every day for most of the offseason I’d go to the gym, do stuff on my own apart from practice for personal motivation, I guess, so that’s pretty much what I did all summer and fall this offseason.

What part of your game do you think is most dangerous offensively?

I’d have to say foot skills. I think I have pretty good foot skills and speed. I’ve gotten faster. It’s helped me a lot actually.

If you had to pick one teammate to help you with some difficult homework, who would it be and why?

Definitely Ali Grimm. She’s a person I feel like is there for everyone. She’s a leader, she’s actually our captain this year, and she’s a great role model actually, and she’s honestly like the nicest person I’ve met.

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