Ask Harlem sophomore Christina Rentas what her favorite sport is and it throws her for a loop.
“I’ve asked myself that many times and I still can’t figure that out,” said Rentas after pausing a few seconds. “I know that once one season is over, I’m definitely ready to start the other season.”
She was a key piece on the Lady Bulldogs basketball team and recently was named All-County honorable mention.
Now, though, her attention is on soccer, and she is making her mark. Rentas is the team’s second-leading goal scorer with 12 and has three assists.
“I like the atmosphere that it brings. Everyone wants to win and it’s a team sport,” Rentas said. “I’ve played basketball and it’s only five people and sometimes it’s just about you. So, soccer is about everyone and you can’t do it on your own, which is my favorite part about it.”
She credits much of her success to playing with teammates like senior Jade Cotton.
“I’ve been trying to feed Jade a lot because she’s our leading scorer,” Rentas said. “I pass a lot and Jade feeds me back a lot and that’s how I end up scoring.”
More importantly to Rentas, the team started the 2012 season 8-0.
“I think we can go really far as long as we stay playing as a team,” she said. “Sometimes we get a little selfish, but once we’re passing and everyone is playing their ‘A’ game, we can go real far.”
Head coach George Berry said she is a good athlete and is someone others can look up to.
“She works hard at it (soccer) and the girls see it and follow it,” Berry said. “She’s a good role model. The beauty of it is she’s only a 10th-grader. We’ve got her for two more years.”
Rentas has to live up to expectations on and off the field. She follows in the footsteps of her brother Reuben, who graduated from Harlem in 2005.
“Oh my goodness, you have no idea,” Rentas said. “Teachers are always telling me about him. He left his legacy behind and so it’s hard to follow up on that.”
On the field, however, she knows there’s one area where she has the decided advantage.
“I know my brother was a defender, so he didn’t really score much,” she said. “Since I’m the midfielder, I have a lot more chances to score and I try to outdo him anyway.”