Getting to Know: Elena Atenza

WINTER HAVEN — The third edition of "Getting to Know" features rising sophomore Elena Atenza from the Polk State's women's soccer team. The Tampa, Fla., native was a huge part of last year's team.  

After a solid freshman season for the Eagles, Atenza sat down and gave us a little more of an in-depth look at herself.  

TE: Why did you decide to come to Polk?
I decided to attend Polk because I was given a full athletic scholarship and I wanted to play soccer. It would make it easier for me to get into other universities I wanted to go to and play there as well. Polk also has a really good nursing program as well.

TE: What are your post-graduation plans?
To transfer to a university, finish my degree in nursing, and play two more years of college soccer.

TE: Who is your funniest teammate?
Jenna Murphy! I always laugh at the things she does no matter what it is.

TE: If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go and why?
Australia, it just seems like a cool place to visit.

TE: What/who inspired you to get involved with soccer?
My next-door neighbors all played and so I decided to try it.

TE: What do you like best about team road trips?
The bus rides, there's always something crazy going on.

TE: What is your best non-athletic skill?
: I can paint pretty well.

TE: What is your biggest pet peeve and why?
When two people drive right next to each other and no one can pass. I don't like this because it just gets annoying when they want to go slower and it also holds up traffic.

TE: What is an obstacle in life you had to overcome?
My uncle and close friend passing away.

TE: What is one thing that most people don't know about you?
I'm really shy even though outwardly I don't seem like it.

TE:  Favorite place to play in Region 8 besides Polk?
: I enjoyed playing at Brevard.

What is your favorite…

Quote or motto: "Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen."

Website: Google/Facebook

Song: Ellie Goulding, "Lights"

TV Show: "That 70s Show"

Movie: "The Lorax"

Place to eat in Polk County:
Cici's.... Right after practice when I'm starved :)

Sport to watch on TV:

Pro Sports Team: The Rays

Pro Athlete: Mia Hamm/Hope Solo

Choices, choices and more choices…

Winter or summer: Summer

Shoulder-press or squat: Squat

In-season or out of season: In-season

High School or college: High school

Class in the morning or class at night: Morning

Winter Haven or……: Tampa

Facebook or Twitter: Facebook

Singing or dancing: Dancing

Winter Olympics or Summer Olympics: Summer

Cat or dog: Doggy

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