Kicking it with Rodney
Each weekday, ESPN RISE brings you five vital stats from athletes across the country.
Elmont Memorial (N.Y.) senior forward/center midfield Ahkeel Rodney is one of the nation's top boys' soccer stars and has committed to play at Virginia. Here are the five reasons why he loves the pitch.
1. The competitiveness
"I don't like blowouts. I like to go down to the wire, and when you win, that feels good."
2. The team
"I like how it's like a family and how close everybody is."
"That's a really good feeling. I can't really describe it."
4. Being a hero
"If you score the game-winning goal, that feels awesome. The spotlight is on you, and there's no better feeling than that."
5. The fans
"You know that everyone is out there supporting you, and it makes you work harder."
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