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Week 8: BPS soccer players of the week

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  October 28, 2012 07:16 PM

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The stars made sure to deliver in the last week of the season. Here are the players of the week:


Shanice Smalling-Bob, Dorchester: As one of the most versatile players, it’s hard to believe she is only an 8th grader at Tech Boston. This week she was a powerhouse on defense. She played aggressively, utilizing her speed and strength and turning around many would-be-goals.

Emma Lama & Love Awah, Brighton: It’s not often that players of the week are in twos, but this pair work together as one. The African natives are both team captains, BSA All-Stars, members of the National Honor Society and key players for the Bengals. Lama had 13 goals this season while Lama was a defensive powerhouse at sweeper.

Virginia McMaughey, Latin Academy: This forward has a knack for getting the ball in the net. The senior had 3 goals and 2 assists in this week’s match against Burke and Charlestown which led to two victories. McMaughey has 15 goals and 11 assists total.

Vanessa Pineda, East Boston This senior defender has had an outstanding season. She has no problem charging the offense and clearing the ball out of the defensive end. She was a big part of the Jets’ 6-1 domination over Snowden this week.


Djimy Polynice, West Roxbury: In the Raiders first game of the week, this senior forward scored 3 goals against Charlestown in a 6-0 shut out. Despite the Raiders’ loss in its final game against East Boston, Polynice never stopped being aggressive.

Joao Rosa, Madison Park: This sophomore is one of the most outstanding goalies in the league. He had two shutouts this week against Snowden and Boston International. He has 11 shutouts in total this season.

Eliseu De Pina, Boston International: This keeper exhibits strong skill in goal as only a freshman. He has had nine shutouts this season and blocked eight of indestructible Madison’s shots this week.

Vinicius Cordeiro, Brighton: The sophomore midfielder has been a strong presence in offense all season. He’s had 18 goals and 10 assists thus far, two from the Bengals’ 4-0 shut out against CASH this week.

Mary Pavlu covers Boston Public School athletics. She can be reached at Mary.Pavlu@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaryPavlu

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