Holy Cross sophomore Ron Prislupsky scored six goals and had two assists in two wins over Gregory the Great, 8-4 and 2-1, including the game winner Thursday in double overtime.
Other sports you play: Track. I run the 800 and 1600.
Favorite sports teams: Chelsea and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Athlete you admire: Cristiano Ronaldo. I definitely base the way I play around how he plays. The way he dribbles around defenders, I try to do that to the best of my ability.
Any pregame rituals or superstitions? I visualize myself scoring before the game and how that feels. It makes me feel prepared that when I’m in that situation that I’ve visualized it and I know what to do.
Who’s been the biggest influence on your athletic career? Definitely my dad. He’s been my coach for as long as I can remember.
Did your dad play soccer? I think he kind of picked it up as I got older and played more.
What’s your first memory from soccer? Just playing rec soccer when I was 4 or 5.
After the 0-2 start, what changed within the team? We knew we had to win from now on, outwork our opponents, outrun them and beat them to every ball.
Because of your scoring ability, you might say you’re a marked man. How do you still manage to get free? My teammates have given me really good passes and that puts me into a lot of open space and I’m able to capitalize off that.
Is there one athletic moment in your young career that you can hang your hat on? For sure winning the Lackawanna League in my freshman year was a big accomplishment.
Last year’s loss to Elk Lake in the District 2 quarterfinals, how much has that affected the team’s drive this season? If anything it made us work harder in the preseason because we knew we had to get in tip-top shape at the beginning of this year.
Coach Joe Dodgson was pretty strict with the practice rules with COVID. It was definitely difficult. We didn’t start any contact at practice until 2 to 3 weeks before the season started. We had to do a lot of conditioning and off-the-ball stuff, but we were definitely prepared when the season started.
In what part of your game do you take the most pride? Definitely my dribbling ability combined with my speed.
Other than sports, do you have something you’d like to do someday? I’ve always wanted to travel to Europe. It looks pretty cool.
What’s your best subject in school? I really like math. Every question has an answer. There is always an answer.
Who is your funniest teammate? Aiden Romanchick. He’s a laugh every day. He’s just an overall fun kid.
Three people you would like to have dinner with. Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James and Christian Pulisic.
Pulisic being from the Hershey area, does that serve as motivation? It means anything is possible for anyone. We’re all in the same program as him and we could accomplish the same thing that he did.
What is the one dish served in your house that you can’t live without? Pizza. I always love my pizza.
Is college in your future, and do you plan to play soccer? That’s the goal. I‘m not 100 percent, but I’m thinking something in the finance field.
Marty Myers began his career as a sports writer at The Wayne Independent in Honesdale, where he served as sports editor and later managing editor. After 10 years there, he joined The Times-Tribune in 1994 and has spent the ensuing years reporting on high school sports, local and professional golf. An award-winning journalist, he also enjoys his duties as a copy editor for The Times-Tribune, editing stories and designing pages. A native of Williamsport, Marty resides in Clarks Summit. Reach him at email@example.com, 570-348-9100 x5437 or @mmyersTT.