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Prep Talk Female Athlete of the Week: Destiny Satkowski, Medina girls soccer

The Medina girls soccer team may have gone 1-2 last week, but Destiny Satkowski scored nine of the team's 11 goals to keep the Mustangs within striking distance.

On Sept. 12, Satkowski scored all three goals in a 5-3 loss to Newfane to become the school's all-time leader in career points.

Satkowski's sidelined for a week and a half with a sprained ligament, but that won't keep her from being the Prep Talk Female Athlete of the Week.

Year: Senior.

Position: Forward.

Number: 10.

Height: 5-foot.

Twitter: @DestinyAnnS10.

Coach Mike Lepkyj on Satkowski: "Since first meeting Destiny in sixth grade and first coaching her on varsity in eighth grade, I see a young woman who has matured as a soccer player and has the character of a true leader. She is the only female athlete I have seen in the weight room after school every offseason. She has taken it upon herself to give everything to the program and wants to see it succeed over her own personal achievements. That is why all the JV and varsity players look up to her because they see that hard work pays off."

How has your season gone so far?: We beat City Honors, 6-4, in the first game of our season in the Tonawanda Tournament. I had five goals, which broke the school record for goals in a career. Winning the first game of our season gave us the confidence to go into every game with the mindset that we can win. So far this season I have 16 goals and three assists.

Highlight of athletic career so far: It’s hard to pick just one, but if I had to it would have to be committing to play Division II soccer at Slippery Rock University. Playing soccer in college has been my biggest dream ever since I started playing and to finally see all my hard work payoff is really rewarding.

Favorite thing about my sport: The reason why I love playing soccer so much is because of the constant adversity you have to face as a player and as a team. There is no other feeling than playing a very tough team or player and scoring a goal to help your team come out with a win.

Medina girls soccer player Destiny Satkowski became the school's all-time leader in career goals and points this season. (Harry Scull Jr./The Buffalo News)

Favorite teammate: This year especially I’m extremely close to all of my teammates, but my favorite teammate that has been by my side my entire soccer career is Kylie Bielak. She is always the first one to jump into my arms after a goal and always the first one by my side when I get hurt. She is a great teammate but also one of my closest friends off the field.

Toughest opponent: The toughest team we’ve faced this year would be Akron. The toughest opponent individually would be Mackenzie O’Brien from Akron. Mackenzie plays on my travel team, but whenever I play against her I always have to play my best to help my team win.

WNY athlete I looked up to: Over the past few years there has been some really talented soccer players that I’ve seen play or heard about to come from WNY, but the one that I look up to the most would be Maddie Pezzino. I don’t look up to her for all the records she broke, but for her commitment and hard work for so long on and off the field.

Pro/college athlete I admire now: A college athlete that I admire is Iona's Mariah Elsenheimer. I’ve been playing with Mariah for about fours years on our travel team, and I played against her at Albion in my freshman and sophomore years. Mariah is hands down the hardest worker I know on and off the field. She is constantly working one-on-one with a trainer or out doing her own workouts to make herself better.

Favorite school subject: AP Literature.

What’s ahead (athletics and/or academics): I verbally committed to play D-II soccer at Slippery Rock University and to further my academics to become a physical therapist.

Attention coaches

Coaches can nominate athletes of the week by sending an email to sports@buffnews.com or cdesiderio@buffnews.com by Saturday night.

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