At the conclusion of every week, I’ll name one player the “Beast of the Week” for her performance over the past week. For those of you unfamiliar with the Beast of the Week (also known as BOTW), it’s essentially your standard player of the week award.
For those of you new to the blog, one thing I’m big on when picking my BOTW is winning. To me, it doesn’t matter if you score seven goals if it comes in a loss. I’ll take a solid performance in a key win over a huge statistical game in a loss any day of the week.
The pool of candidates this week was slightly smaller due to not every team playing, but that doesn’t mean the performances lagged. Putnam Valley’s Stephanie Wagner came up big in both the Tigers’ wins, including scoring with eight seconds remaining to secure a win against Clarkstown South. Bronxville’s Gretchen Richter also had a monster game (six goals, three assists) to help the Broncos start the season off in a big way with a win over Fox Lane. History was also made last week as Jasmine Reyes had five goals and an assist to give Rye Neck its first ever win, a 10-6 result over Keio.
There was, however, one that stood above the rest.
Olivia Smith, Dobbs Ferry—
Only two teams in the area played three games despite the shortened week. Dobbs Ferry was one of them, and the Eagles started off the season strong going 2-0-1. A big reason for their early success was the junior midfielder, who came up big all week for Dobbs.
Smith opened the season leading her team in scoring, as she finished with three goals and an assist in the Eagles’ 11-5 win over Sleepy Hollow. Two days later, Smith had a balanced two goals and two assists, leading the Eagles in points, in a 9-9 tie to Eastchester. Her best performance, though, she saved for last. In a 15-5 win against Ardsley, Smith went for eight points (seven goals, one assist).