Athlete of the Week — Katelyn Turtletaub

11 01 2011

Awesome last name, even awesome-mer (haha!) player. This week’s Daily Journal Athlete of the Week is Katelyn Turtletaub of San Mateo high school. I got to meet her yesterday and chat for a bit. When I saw her play against Hillsdale, she was noticeably limping and actually we spoke the first time as she tried to give her ailing ankle a break … I’m sure Hillsdale was very thankful for that since she had already torched them for a pair of goals.

This is her last year against Half Moon Bay. This year, she’s been killing it on the soccer pitch, scoring goals almost at will. Here’s an excerpt from the story that ran in today’s Daily Journal written by yours truly. Turtletaub is a great young lady and I wish her much success the rest of the season.

Banged up Turtletaub tearing it up
By Julio Lara • Daily Journal Staff

When asked to name one thing she enjoys more than scoring goals on the soccer field, San Mateo scoring machine Katelyn Turtletaub flashed a golden smile. After thinking it over for a bit, stumped, the senior replied, “I don’t know. I can’t think of anything.”
The difficulty with what seems like a simple question is understandable when you score as often as Turtletaub has in the 2010-2011 season — through seven games the San Mateo senior has scored 11 times. And for a pure striker like Turtletaub, there is no greater joy than lighting up the scoreboard.
“I just like how the ball looks when it hits the back of the net,” she said.
Last week during the opening of the 2011 PAL Bay division season, Turtletaub was up to her usual self. In the opener against Hillsdale, the forward exploded for three goals and an assist in a 6-0 drubbing of the Knights.
The senior was unstoppable in that game — scoring on a run straight down the middle of the Hillsdale defense for goal number one, on a penalty kick for the second and on the end of a great cross from Shannon Wischer for the trifecta. She would’ve had a fourth too, but her nifty volley was mysteriously disallowed on a call that she said the referees couldn’t exactly explain.
With a hat trick under her belt, Turtletaub capped off the week by scoring the second goal in a 3-0 victory over Menlo-Atherton to push the Bearcats to a 2-0 start in the young season.
For her efforts Turtletaub is the Daily Journal Athlete of the Week.
Turtletaub has been on this torrid goal-scoring pace without the aid of healthy legs. The hobbling around the soccer pitch is  noticeable, and at times, Turtletaub has no choice but to take herself out of the game to give her ailing limbs a break.
“I have bad knees in general,” Turtletaub said, referring to a laundry list of injuries that have nagged her throughout her playing career. She went into this season handicapped by an ankle she injured while playing volleyball in the fall. She tweaked her shoulder in the game against Menlo-Atherton.

You can read the rest of the story at www.smdailyjournal.com under SPORTS.

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