MEREDITH — Inter-Lakes sophomore Caitlin Rotonnelli is peppering opposing goalies with her quick moves and well-placed shots this year, racking up 10 goals in the first five games for the Lakers, who were 4-1 going into yesterday's game at White Mountain Regional High School in Whitefield.
And while she's quick at putting a shot on the net, having already scored three hat tricks (three goals in a game), she's also quick to praise her teammates for their contributions.
''It's not just one person. All of our offensive players are good at setting up scores with good passing. It's just as thrilling to set up a score as it is to score,'' says Rotonnelli, a dedicated soccer player whose goal is to some day play college soccer.
''I play all year. I practice whenever I can, even if I'm alone. In the spring and winter off-season I play at World Cup Soccer in Nashua so it's soccer all of the time for me,'' she says.
Her play last Friday at Kingswood was nothing short of remarkable according to her coach, Steve Jordan, who says that she scored three goals in the first seven minutes and 20 seconds of the game.
''You could see last year when she was a freshman and scored 26 goals that she knew how to finish with the ball and put a shot on goal. She's getting more mature and is really an accomplished all-around player, one of the leaders on our team,'' says Jordan.
He says that after years of losing seasons in which it seemed like an accomplishment for the Lakers just to score a goal, Inter-Lakes girls soccer is on a roll and its play is earning it the respect of other teams from all over the state.
Inter-Lakes was 10-6 last year and is hoping to make a run deep into the playoffs this year.
''It's a good feeling to be a part of this team.'' says Rotonnelli, who in the first matchup of the season with White Mountain Regional scored all three of the Inter-Lakes goals, including the game winner four minutes into overtime.
Inter-Lakes, which also has recorded wins over Laconia and Gilford this season, hosts Moultonborough on Friday and travels to Prospect Mountain on Monday.