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Barta looking to become the most prolific scorer in Griffith history, again

2010-08-22T22:00:00Z 2011-07-24T14:02:12Z Barta looking to become the most prolific scorer in Griffith history, againBy David P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 22, 2010 10:00 pm  • 

GRIFFITH | It's starting to sound like a broken record.

Katelyn Barta is trying to break a record.

The Griffith senior scored 28 goals two years ago (a then Panther record) and 30 goals last year (the current Panther record). As a result, her name has become entwined with the achievement.

"It's kind of nice to hear sometimes, but I don't like talking about it," Barta said. "I don't want to focus on it. I want to focus on the game on the field."

Focus is just what Barta has when the opportunity to put the ball in the net arises, coach Ric Gonzalez said.

"It's kind of a joke for us that I can't hear my name called when I'm inside the 18," Barta said. "I just kind of block everything else out."

Barta admits that she does want to score at the rate she has in the past, but the most important goal is to win a sectional championship.

"She's a great kid," Gonzalez said. "She's very dedicated to the sport, her team and her teammates."

That said, it's no secret that Barta is on the pitch to score goals.

"I've been playing so long and that's what I've always been known to do," Barta said. "I love scoring. I love putting my team on top."

That ability has been groomed since pee wees when Barta was 6 years old. She played on the boys team until eighth grade.

It's a skill she'll be taking to the next level, too. Barta is being recruited by several smaller schools, including Franklin College, St. Francis and Manchester.

"Her work ethic is outstanding," Gonzalez said. "Whatever school she chooses to play at will be blessed to have her."

Right now, Barta is just waiting for anothe chance to score a goal that matters.

"It's the best feeling in the world to score a goal in a big game," she said. "There's nothing else like it."

As for the record, let's just not talk about it.

"It definitely would be nice," Barta said. "But I try not to think about it."

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