By Rachel Jones

Erin Ritzer knows how to make the best of an unfortunate situation. When a torn ACL meant a soccer season on the sidelines, the Robert Morris University freshman used the opportunity to analyze each player’s techniques and strategies. “I got to see the differences between high school and college soccer before playing,” Ritzer explains. “I observed how quick and strong they were. I feel like I got a head start, in a way.” The season of studying has helped the healed midfielder take the 2014 season by storm, earning the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week title multiple times. Ritzer continues to use her edge on the competition to be a reliable teammate and help lead the Colonials to the playoffs. “It feels great to be back on the field,” Ritzer says. “Now, I’m on the other end of the ball.”

Robert Morris University, rmucolonials.com.
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