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Folsom Athlete of the Week: Riley Spitzer

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Riley Spitzer is one of only two sophomores on Folsom Lake College women’s soccer team.

On such a young team, Spitzer has accepted the role as team leader and through her leadership, not to mention her strong play, the Falcons have a 16-4-1 record and placed second in the Big 8 Conference.

Spitzer, a midfielder, has scored 10 goals and added six assists this season. Last week, she scored two goals and had one assist in wins over Modesto (3-1) and Diablo Valley (7-0).

“Riley has had an exceptional career competing at Folsom Lake College,” Folsom Lake soccer coach Donny Ribaudo said. “She led our midfield in 2017, and helped our program advance to the final four.  Riley has played in 42 matches at FLC, starting in 40 of those matches. In her career, she has scored 24 goals, and has 12 assists and five game-winning goals.

“Riley leads by example on and off the field. She plays with composure; she has excellent technical skill and the ability to read or manipulate pressure while executing attacks. Riley ranks as one of the top midfielders to ever play in our program.”

Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after graduation from Folsom Lake College?

Riley Spitzer: I plan to further my education at a four-year college and continue my soccer career.

FT: Do sports run in your family?

RS: Yes, our family is sports oriented and we love to compete.

FT: How long have you been playing soccer and how did you get your start in it?

RS: I've been playing soccer since I was 5, and the whole reason why I started playing was because my mom signed my older sister up.

FT: Have you ever been involved in other sports?

RS: Yes, I've been involved in volleyball, swim, track, basketball, and baseball.

FT: What do you like about soccer?

RS: I like the competitive spirit, the friendships I make from it, and I just have a love and passion for the game.

FT: Where did you play your high school soccer and how was that experience?

RS: I went to Oakmont High School. I played all four years at the varsity level. Overall, I had a pretty good experience being able to play soccer with my friends.

FT: You are a veteran on a young team. How has this season been different for you compared to last year? 

RS: It's been a different experience because I took on more of a leadership role on and off the field. Last year, I had the opportunity to be part of an amazing team, and this year I feel just as lucky to be part of a new team. Even though it's been a rebuilding year, it's still been a positive experience.

FT: Despite the team’s youth, it’s been a good season for the team. What’s been the key to the team’s success?

RS: I'd say our key to success this year was us developing good chemistry.

FT: What is your favorite class in Folsom Lake College?

RS: My favorite class I really enjoyed was humanities. I loved the teacher I had. She always told stories and made class enjoyable.

FT: Favorite music?

RS: I really enjoy hip-hop and R&B music.

FT:  Favorite Food?

RS: I love food! I'm always eating either sushi, kikis fries, BBQ, Chinese, Mexican; honestly anything.

FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.

RS: I have two cats; the girl’s name is Snickers, the boy is Milk. I'm more of a fan of Milk, but honestly, I'm not a huge fan of cats. I'm more of a dog person.

FT: Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

RS: In my free time, I love being outside. I'm super outdoorsy and spontaneous so I always want to go on an adventure. If I'm not doing that, I'm sleeping or staying in binge-watching movies.

FT: What inspires you in sports?

RS: I like the athleticism of it all. It inspires me to see others love the sport I play because it makes me want to be a better player.

FT: Is there a particular job or profession you’d like to have after college?

RS: So far, no there isn't. I still haven't picked a major, but I've always been interested in dermatology.