Apologies for this being so late, but I have my reasons. Mandatory disclaimer goes here.
Bonus points will be given for quality of competition. Additionally, there will be two categories for me to divide this into. Central League and everybody else. However, Conestoga, Lower Merion and Harriton are still ineligible because of, well, you know by now. That way, it makes for a fairly easy to distinguish dividing lines. Consideration is given basically off of the stats reported to the Daily Times. If you’re a defender or defensive midfielder, this does not favor you unless your coach reports that you played out of your mind. Such is life. I won’t forget about those girls when it comes time for All-Delco. Don’t worry about that. Away we go…
Central League Player of the Week
Morgan Glassford, M, Strath Haven – Only a matter of time as to when the Panthers’ star sniper would make her way into this spot. The Daily Times soccer Player of the Year ripped home 12 goals to go with six assists in routs of Lower Merion, Upper Darby and West Chester East. Not elite competition, but as she showed Monday against Conestoga, it doesn’t really matter if it’s elite competition or not. Glassford is going to get hers.
Central League Honorable Mention
Emily Santana, M, Springfield – Santana went off yet again for the Cougars. She cranked home six goals to spur a rout of Marple Newtown and added three more and assisted on an Autumn Spence in a key win over Garnet Valley that helped Springfield solidify its standing in the Central League. Oh, and the win also marked coach Keith Broome‘s 300th career win.
Katie Junior, D, Radnor – The Red Raiders’ defense had a day to forget against Conestoga, but Junior played a key role in limiting a potent Haverford offense thanks to her six ground balls and one caused turnover, all without committing a foul. She might get lost in the shuffle with her more-heralded defensive teammates, but Junior can play.
Rachel Campbell, G, Penncrest – The Lions’ goalie helped them snap a five-game losing streak by virtue of her 16 saves in a one-goal win over Lower Merion, then helped Penncrest make it a winning streak via her 13 saves in a win over Sun Valley.
Inter-Ac/Catholic League/Ches-Mont/Bicentennial/Independent Player of the Week
Taryn Gallagher, M, Episcopal Academy – Gallagher just completely went off for the Churchmen, firing home 11 goals and dishing out a pair of assists in a pair of lopsided wins over Penn Charter and Baldwin. Her finest hour came in the form of a seven-goal, one-assist game against the Bears and it’s that type of play that has EA sitting pretty atop the Inter-Ac.
Inter-Ac/Catholic League/Ches-Mont/Bicentennial/Independent Honorable Mention
Courtney Donovan, M, Notre Dame – Donovan rolled up the exact same stats as Gallagher, but the fact that EA went 2-0 and ND went 1-1 gave Gallagher the slight edge. Regardless, a heck of a week for Donovan with five points against Penn Charter and eight against Springside Chestnut Hill.
Maddie Poirier, M, Delco Christian – Poirier helped the Knights to a big win over Lower Moreland by virtue of her fantastic six-goal, one-assist performance.
Bridget Chakey, M, Agnes Irwin – Chakey had three goals, three assists, five ground balls and four caused turnovers. That well-rounded stat line spurred the Owls to a 2-0 week and per the school’s official Twitter account (@AISOwls), the junior also made a verbal commitment to attend Syracuse.
– MATT CHANDIK