by Emma Cromidas
The 2016 girls’ soccer season is in full-swing, and captain Julianna DiRenzo hopes to carry the momentum from last year’s tournament successes into this season by earning the team another trip to compete for the state title.
After falling short to Whitman-Hanson in a 1-0 loss during the state tournament last season, Julianna is highly motivated to win this year.
“The team is already off to such a great start. We just had a huge win against Franklin which will really help prepare us for tournament play. Two girls that stand out to me on and off the field are Rachel Labonte and Haley Guertin. They both always give it their all and never give up. They’re amazing players and people,” shared Julianna.
As a captain, Julianna is excited to be a role model for the underclassmen.
“I remember always looking up to the seniors and admiring them, so it’s really cool to have the roles switched. Being elected captain means so much to me because I love this sport, the team and the coaches, so it couldn’t have worked out better,” said Julianna.
DiRenzo has been playing soccer ever since 3rd grade and explained that she will always have a deep love for the sport and for her position at center midfield.
She has had to manage her time playing soccer in the fall and lacrosse in the spring with school work. Julianna admits that “playing two sports in high school is extremely busy, but incredibly worth it.”
While her sights are set on a successful season, Julianna also allows herself some time to spend with her friends and family.
“It is so important to spend time with the people that mean the most to me. With the crazy soccer schedule, I always find time to visit with family or do my homework,“ says Julianna.
Julianna is taking many challenging classes this year, including AP Psychology, which is her favorite course.
“I just think it’s so interesting to learn how our minds work and why we do the things we do. It is by far the most challenging class that I’m taking but I’m up for the challenge. It’s so much easier studying for a test that actually interests me,” says Julianna.
On top of her sports and schoolwork, Julianna also stays busy by working as a waitress at The Bistro at the Marriott Hotel. She has been working there for almost a year and a half.
“Right now, I work 5:30 AM to 12 PM every Saturday and Sunday,” explains DiRenzo. “I love to work and I love the feeling of making money and knowing that I actually earned it. I have to help save up to pay for college and car insurance so making money is so important right now.”
Julianna is heavily involved in the college process and is currently interested in applying to UMass Amherst, University of Rhode Island, and other schools that will help her to pursue a career in forensic science or nursing. Julianna admits that if she were to guess what her life would be like in 5 years, she would have no idea. However, she is confident that her family and friends will be there to support her no matter what.