Knights’ Johnson just happy to help

SOURCE:  The Herald-Dispatch by Tim Stephens

ONA – Cintry Johnson doesn’t care if her name is listed first or second in a line in the scoring summary.

The Cabell Midland High School girls soccer standout is often listed in both places in the same match. The first listing is the player who scored a goal. The second player listed is the player who assisted on that goal.

“Distributing the ball out of the middle I think is my strength,” Johnson said. “Everybody likes scoring goals and I do, too, but I also like assists. It’s about the team and I’m happy to do anything I can to help us win.”

Johnson, a senior midfielder, helped the Knights win eight of their first 11 games. She scored a goal Thursday in a key 4-2 Cabell Midland victory over Spring Valley in a very physical contest.

“Soccer is a contact sport,” Johnson said, going with the flow.

Johnson has the interest of some college programs. She said, though, she has no idea where she will go.

“I’d like to go somewhere in North Carolina, South Carolina or Tennessee,” Johnson said. “I’m hoping to go out of state. Somewhere south. I’d like it to be someplace close enough to home that I can drive back and forth when I wanted.”

Johnson said she plans to make some college visits.

Wherever she winds up, Johnson said she has many people to thank for helping her along the way. Cabell Midland coach Andy Wilson is one. Kyle Sniatecki of Soccer by Sniatecki, a business that trains soccer players, is another. Sniatecki also is the boys soccer coach at Cabell Midland’s arch-rival Huntington High.

“I enjoy working with Cintry because she shows such an eagerness to become better,” Sniatecki said. “I think it says a lot of her as a person and a player who is willing to sacrifice a night with friends, instead to train on becoming a better player. She has even worked with me before team training sessions to get extra touches before big games/tournaments. Every time I have trained with her she gives a 110% and is very coachable.”

“She has a good mix of athleticism and skill that can be utilized at the next level. I look forward to helping her as much as I can so she can achieve her personal goals of becoming a college soccer player.

Many coaches have helped Johnson, she said, including Sniatecki.

“Kyle Sniatecki has taught me a lot. I played on an Olympic Development team for him,” she said.

Johnson participates in student council and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She said she also enjoys hanging with friends and family.

“And practice,” Johnson said. “I like to practice. I have very little free time, but you make sacrifices to play.”

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