Oct. 12, 2012
A three-time Big East Academic All-Star selection, Kristina became a full-time starter in 2011. During the 2011 season, Kristina played in 17 games with 15 starts. She has seen action in 1,475 minutes in goal and recorded 100 saves with a .763 save percentage. Kristina also ranked first in the Big East in saves and second in saves per game in 2011. A business finance major, Kristina is the daughter of Claude Rioux and Lina St. Jacques-Rioux of Montreal, Quebec.
Q: What are your favorite memories of attending Pitt?
A: “Just being around my teammates for four years and the camaraderie of being around a team. Those are my fondest memories.”
Q: What are your favorite soccer memories?
Q: Why did you attend Pitt in the first place?
A: “I fell in love with the city. I liked the athletic vibe of Pittsburgh, the Steelers; it’s a sports town with a lot of pride in Pitt athletics. That was my main reason.”
Q: What have you learned playing soccer at Pitt? What are some of the things that you’ll take with you in life?
A: “A lot of things. Playing sports you learn a variety of things that you can apply in the real world and business world. For instance in the business world, you need teamwork, discipline, accountability, different life lessons that you can to the business world setting.”
Q: What does playing at Ambrose Urbanic Field mean to you?
A: “It’s completely different. It’s great to see people that actually know we have a soccer team here at Pitt. We have way more fans, it’s fun to play in front of fans and people you go to school with. It’s a complete 360-degree change. It’s exciting that I got to play on it for two years.”
Q: What is the biggest adjustment to playing college soccer?
A: “Probably the whole time management aspect. It’s not like high school anymore. Everything is at a higher level: academics at a high level and the soccer is at a high level. Being able to manage your time and give 100 percent to both is the key. That’s the hardest thing to adjust to.”
Q: What makes Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh unique?
A: “The same reason as I came here was the sports aspect of the city. Sports here in Pittsburgh transcend into everyday lives here in Pittsburgh. I like the vibe. It’s different in that way. It’s not a big city but not a small city either. I like it.”
Q: What will you miss most about Pitt soccer?
A: “Being around teammates. Having 26 friends that you can count on who are there with you every day, going through the same things you’re going through.”
Q: Looking back on your career, what are some things that you would do differently?
A: “Nothing. I have no regrets.”
Q: What advice do you have for an incoming freshman soccer player at Pitt?
A: “It goes by very quick. To really put everything you can in every practice and every day you’re around since your years will go by quickly.”
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: “Not sure. I’ve got a couple of job offers, we’ll see. I’m going to head into finance and institutional sales or management consulting. I am a double major in finance and marketing.”