ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Eau Claire Regis Senior Kristin Mathiowetz

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- Eau Claire Regis senior Kristin Mathiowetz is leading the girls soccer program to new heights. As Chance Dickman tells us in this week's Gordy's Athlete of the Week, Mathiowetz lives for the game.

She's super in school and awesome in athletics , but where does Kristin Mathiowetz shine the most? The answer, is on the soccer field.
Kristin says, "Soccer is definitely my life at this point. I've started since I was in 3rd grade, and it's so fun to be out on the field with all my teammates and fans. I love the atmosphere."

Mathiowetz has been a staple of the Eau Claire Regis Girls soccer program since it got it's start just 4 years ago. Regis head coach, Scott Hoffmann comments, "Well Kristen has been here since day one of the program. She's one of the starting seniors if you will, and she's been a rock of the program since day one." Mathiowetz adds, "It's been a blast. We started our school never had a soccer team until I was in middle school, so first year was my freshman year so playing this whole time with our school has been great."

For Kristin, great is an understatement, as she has flourished in the Regis program, becoming one of the best soccer players in the area. Her teammate, Brianna Hoffmann says, "Well she's got the speed. She's has the smarts for the game. She's not only athletic, she also has the smarts for the game too, so she's just a well rounded player."

Chance Dickman, "The best aspect of Kristin's game may be her speed, but she's not too bad at putting the ball in the net either." Says Kristen, "It just kind of happens throughout the game. Obviously I like scoring goals, but I don't go into games thinking alright this is my goal to get so many goals this game. We just play the game and whatever happens."

With six goals in two games already this year, Mathiowetz hopes that her scoring can help the team reach their goal of making it to the state tournament. She adds, "We've been at the sectional final our three years as a program, all three years and ended there in Steven's Point, and we want to make it to Milwaukee this year."

Mathiowetz says that high school won't be the last of her soccer career, as she will continue to play next year in college for Viterbo University. Reporting in Eau Claire, Chance Dickman, for Sport Scene 13.

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