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Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week: Girls Soccer's Christina Rodgers

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Christina Rodgers scores a goal in an October 2016 game against Union. Credits: Matt Kipp
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Christina Rodgers, won Union County Conference Player of the Year, in addition to three other awards. Credits: Matt Kipp
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Christina Rodgers, #22, in action during the 2016 North 2, Group 4 Semifinals. Rodgers netted the go-ahead goal in the game. Credits: Matt Kipp
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Christina Rodgers, middle right, heads a ball in a game against Franklin in the 2016 North 2, Group 4 State Tournament.
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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – The Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls’ soccer team recently concluded an undefeated (18-0-4) season, won their seventh-straight Union County title, and appeared in the North 2, Group 4 Championship. Senior Christina Rodgers, this week’s Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week, was a major reason for their success.

The Providence commit helped lead her team with strong offensive numbers during the season. In 22 games during the 2016-17 campaign, Rodgers netted 14 goals along with 15 assists, while scoring in 11 of the Raiders’ 22 games. In addition her strong stats, Rodgers owns one of the top moments in all Raider sports so far this year. Her golden-goal header in overtime of the Union County Championship Game gave Scotch Plains-Fanwood its seventh-consecutive County Title. Rodgers stepped up in another big stage later in the year, as well, when she netted the tie-breaking goal in the Semifinal of the NJSIAA North 2, Group 4 tournament against Watchung Hills to give the Raiders the lead necessary to advance to the Sectional Championship. The win was her final as a Raider.

“When I look back at my High School career, I’m going to remember the great times we had winning the counties, winning the sectional title my sophomore year and just playing with great girls,” Rodgers said in a recent interview.

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Unfortunately for Rodgers and the Raiders, her final season came to a dramatic end in Penalty Kicks in the Sectional Championship on Nov. 11 against Ridge.

Rodgers’ dynamic senior season put the finishing touches on a very successful High School career. Rodgers, a four-year varsity player, has scored 24 total goals for the Raiders and recorded 33 assists in that time. Her teams won the Union County Tournament all four years, and won the North 2, Group 4 section in 2014, her sophomore season.

Rodgers will be a strong contender for Union County Player of the Year, along with the Raiders team, strong candidates for the County's Team of the Year. Each award will be announced in early December.

Rodgers will take her talents to the Division-I level next fall, when she begins a career at Providence College in Rhode Island. Providence competes in the Big East conference, and their season begins in mid-August.

Each Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week honoree will be invited to submit an essay entitled, "What It Means to Be a Student-Athlete." The winning submission will receive a $1,000 TAPintoSPF-Yeti MMA scholarship in June 2017.

The Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Yeti MMA and its owner, David Martin. Located at 2507 Route 22 West in Scotch Plains (next to Bowcraft), Yeti MMA offers training in a variety of disciplines: boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, wrestling, and strength training. Call (908) 858-5558 and mention the TAPintoSPF - Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week and get a 15% discount on a one-year membership. For more information, email info@yetimma.com.

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