With the season coming to a close, the talent is stepping up. The BPS players of the week brought major game in week 7:
Kiana Daley, O’Bryant – This is the senior forward's first season playing soccer. She scored her first career goal against Madison Park earlier in the week and once she started, she couldn’t stop. She scored later in the week against Brighton. She also scored the tying goal against New Mission, which resulted in a 2-2 final. All together, she scored four goals in the week.
Brittany Brancato, East Boston – Brancato is one of the best keepers in the league and only improves as the competition increases. She completed her ninth shut out of the season this week against O’Bryant, leading East Boston to a 3-0 win.
Dulcelina Taveras, Madison Park – Taveras has been a strong presence on the Cardinals’ forward line the entire season. She scored a gorgeous goal in a close match against Snowden that lead the team to a 3-1 victory.
Kaylin Thomas, Dorchester – Even though Dorchester had a tough week with a 6-0 loss against Latin Academy, Thomas shined on offense. LA was only up by one at halftime and her presence was a big part of that defensive effort.
“Even though we were down she kept a positive attitude and kept working hard,” coach Allison Cohn said.
Christy Cruz, Brighton – The senior captain is known for being strong on offense as well as a role model for the younger Bengals. She had her fourth goal this week against O’Bryant to secure the 3-1 victory.
Troy Fredericks, Latin Academy – The freshman forward is what coach Dennis Allen called “the baby of the team,” but still manages to keep up with the more experienced players. In the Dragons’ 3-1 win against Snowden, he was put on defense due to injuries. Allen was pleasantly surprised that he was able to play just as well as he does in offense.
“He played amazingly,” Allen said. “I am very pleased with how he as developed this year.”
Edmilson Barros, Madison Park – MP is one of the top city teams and still hasn't lost. Senior forward Edmilson Barros is also one of the strongest offensive players in the league and scored his 16th goal in a 5-0 shut out against Latin Academy this week.
George Cornejo, O’Bryant – It’s hard to believe Cornejo is only a freshman when watching him in action. He had two goals against Charlestown earlier in the week and two against Dorchester than tied the match 2-2.
Jonathon Perez, East Boston – Perez excels in academics and on the field, which made him the BSA October Athlete of the Month. He scored both the tying and winning goal against Medford this week, which lead the Jets to a 3-2. He scored three goals this week.
Gilson Andrade, Burke – The freshman scored four impressive goals against Charlestown this week to secure a 12-0 win. With speed that lead him to charge past senior defenders, this young offensive star is one to watch.
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