Each time that I have to decide on a new #lohudsoccer Player of the Week, there are two major factors which are taken into consideration — statistical success and the important of that player to his team’s success. Scoring a ton of goals in a week is always going to catch my eye, but it’s always nice to see a player do it in big-game situations. The quality of the competition matters.
When I viewed this week’s decision through that lens, I finally settled on Yorktown senior Joey Landicino.
No team had a schedule as tough as Yorktown last week, and the Huskers racked up three statement wins to move up to No. 1 in the latest #lohudsoccer rankings. It began with a 4-2 win over second-ranked Mamaroneck, a game in which Landicino scored the first goal and then a crucial insurance goal late. He also scored twice in Yorktown’s next game against North Rockland, a 5-1 win. And finally, in a showdown with defending Class AA champ Arlington, Landicino scored the winner in a tight 1-0 win.
That’s one heck of a week against some stiff competition, which didn’t seem to phase Landicino.
“Joey made the difference when he scored,” Landicino’s teammate Enzo Sangiacomo told me after the Mamaroneck game. “Everyone got pumped up and we knew that we had a chance in this game.”
Others who were considered this week included Pearl River’s Kevin Doorley, Peekskill’s Oswald Annang, White Plains’ Alessandro Battaglia, Hastings’ Oscar Pereira, Hackley’s Matt Braver, North Salem’s Michael Dutt, Byram Hills’ Jack Beer, Croton-Harmon’s Lorenzo Auslander, Brewster’s Hugo Guerra, Somers’ Jon Riina, Harrison’s Gabe Pereira, Ketcham’s Dylan Ramage and Saunders’ Melvin Ponce.
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NOTE TO COACHES: I’ll be taking nominations for the #lohudsoccer Player of the Week for the rest of the season. Please email me at email@example.com every Sunday with stats for the player that you’d like us to consider. Any games from Monday-Sunday should be mentioned.