When your team wins three games in one week, and you score the game-winner in all three, you have a pretty good chance of being named #lohudsoccer Player of the Week.
That’s exactly what Rye senior Leo Gomes did.
The explosive winger began the week by assisting on the tying goal and then scoring the game-winner in OT at Eastchester. His overtime goal was a pretty, left-footed strike on a free kick from about 25 yards out. But he was just getting started.
The very next day, Gomes netted the winner in a 1-0 victory over White Plains. And on Saturday, he concluded the week by scoring the decisive goal in the Garnets’ 2-1 win over Nyack.
Rye now sits at 4-0 and is on pace for its best season in years. And Gomes is a big reason why.
“It isn’t a surprise this kid is capitalizing on clutch situations and scoring big-time goals,” Rye coach Sal Curella said. “His love for the game of soccer is like no other player I’ve coached. He eats, sleeps and breathes soccer. All summer I would drive by the school and see him practicing his free kicks and skills.
“As a coach, he is definitely one of those players that you are grateful he’s on your team and you’re not having to compete against him. Let’s just say we are luck to have him wearing the Rye soccer shield on his chest.”
Other players who were considered included Pelham’s Sam Teller, Scarsdale’s Fazl Shaikh, Edgemont’s Drew Simon, Horace Greeley’s Matt Neuberger, Arlington’s Dylan Ashong, Fox Lane’s Matt Harrison, Nanuet’s Andrew Blutig, Hastings’ Will Berritt, Lincoln’s Valmend Marki, Pearl River’s Kevin Doorley and White Plains’ Richard Bonilla.
NOTE TO COACHES: If you want to nominate someone for Player of Week, please send a name and stats to me every Sunday by noon. You can email me firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Twitter @vzmercogliano.