Yorktown senior Ivana Pjetri was a team captain and midfielder on the varsity girls soccer team.
How old were you when you started playing soccer and how did you get started?
I was 4 years old when I started playing soccer. My dad played his whole life so he introduced the sport to me at a young age and I just stuck with it ever since.
What do you think are your strengths as a soccer player?
One of my strengths is my technical ability and my vision. I have good foot skills and understand the game really well.
As a senior captain on the team this year, how did you see your role as a leader?
As soon as preseason came, we all had two goals and they were to win the league and to win the section. As a senior captain, my role was to keep the girls focused on our goals, and help guide us to success.
Yorktown had an impressive playoff run this season, but ultimately came up just short, losing to Arlington in the semifinals. How do you evaluate your final season at Yorktown and what will you remember when you look back on your high school career?
My last season was by far the best one. Our team had great chemistry and we all got along so well, and we had a successful season even if we didn’t achieve our ultimate goals. Beating Somers will definitely be something that I will always remember, that was one of the best moments of my life.
What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?
My team and I like to go to the locker room and play music to get hyped up for the game. Also, coach (Rich) Armstrong and coach Chrissy give us quotes to read as we walk down to the field. I know that gets us all excited and focused for our game.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
One thing that a lot of people don’t know about me is that I’m bilingual. I also speak Montenegrin at home.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My dad has definitely been my biggest role model over the years. He’s always encouraged me to do the best I possibly can and was always there to pick me up when I was down. The fact that he played soccer his whole life helped me out a lot. He’s always teaching me new things about the game that I didn’t know before and always corrects me on the things that I do wrong.
Do you plan on continuing soccer in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you decide on that college?
I do plan on playing soccer in college. I’m not exactly sure where I’m going but I would love to go to the College of William and Mary because it has great academics along with a great soccer program, and the campus is beautiful.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I want to study medicine in college. I’m not exactly sure what type of doctor I want to be but I know I want to work with kids. Helping people is something I’ve always loved to do.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
Antoine Griezmann and my favorite team is Chelsea FC.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
Either rap or party remixes, and honestly anything that makes me want to dance because then I get super excited.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
I’d love to be able to read people’s minds. I’ve always wanted to know what people think in certain situations.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
I’d love to go to Spain. I’m learning Spanish in school and I think it would be an amazing opportunity to experience Spanish culture.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
The night before a game I always eat a type of pasta. It helps me gain energy for the next day.
Best place to eat in Yorktown and why?
The best place to eat in Yorktown is Salsa Fresca. The quesadillas are so good and it’s quick and simple.
What advice would you give to a young soccer player growing up in Yorktown?
My advice to young soccer players growing up in Yorktown is to never give up on their goals and to always work hard if they really want something. Also, it’s incredibly important to work on your skills even if you don’t have practice. The more you practice the better you get and everybody should always reach their full potential.