With the playoffs in full swing, I’ve decided to tweak my Beast of the week awards. Instead of just naming one Beast of the week for the first-round and outbracket rounds, I decided to pick a beast from each class. Why not spread the love?
So, without further adieu, I present to you the first playoff edition of Beast of the week.
Erin McClave, Mamaroneck
On paper, the first-round game between a No.8 and No. 9 seed is supposed to be the most competitive. They way seeds work out that is often not the case. This time, though, I thought the No. 8 Tigers games against No. 9 Port Chester would be close.
I was wrong.
Mamaroneck cruised to a 5-0 win, thanks in large part to McClave, who had two goals and an assist. The Tigers left no doubt who was in control early, going up 4-0 at halftime.
Naomi Perez, Nyack
It’s seems only natural that I’d have to pick a player from the lowest-seeded team still in the playoffs. Perez made the option a no brainer, accumulating three goals in the first two rounds to help the No. 14 Indians make a Cinderella-like run to the quarterfinals.
It’s not like Perez put up stats in blowouts. Both games were nail biters. Perez had a goal in Nyack’s 2-1 overtime win against Edgemont. She’d follow that up the next day with two goals, including the game winner, in the Indians’ 6-4 overtime win at No. 3 Saunders.
Megan O’Connor, Westlake
There was only one upset, in terms of seeds, and it was quite the thriller.
O’Connor converted a penalty kick in the 80th minute to secure the win and upset.
The ability to finish penalty kicks will be key for teams down the stretch. Westlake will sleep easy knowing it has at least one player that has no problem performing under pressure.
2013 Beasts of the week—
Jenna DeSilva, Panas
Briana Jean-Charles, Clarsktown South
Monica DiDonato, Eastchester
Fallon Sheridan, Ardsley
Samantha Mueller, Hackley
Melina Couzis, Somers
Carly Barnett, Byram Hills