Vote: Thrive Week 2 Girls Soccer Player of the Week
Each week, Shore Sports Network selects the top players in each Shore Conference girls soccer division and gives the Shore Conference fans a chance to vote for their pick as the overall Thrive Player of the Week.
Below are the Players of the Week from each of the six Shore Conference divisions, as well as two wild cards to push the list of nominees to eight players. Vote for the top performer on the poll at the bottom of the post and come back every hour to vote again. The poll closes at Thursday at 10 p.m. and the winner will receive a shirt and a free training session, courtesy of Thrive.
Shore Sports Network Players of the Week
Class A North
Sydney Spilsbury, SR. Manalapan - Spilsbury usually controls the midfield for Manalapan, setting the tempo and getting her teammates up the field, but last week she was on the scoring end for the Braves. Spilsbury scored five goals last week, including a hat trick against Raritan in a SCT Group 6 game. Earlier in the week, she scored the game-winner against Ocean Township in another SCT matchup.
Class A Central
Mya King, SR. Red Bank Catholic - King scored seven goals in three games last week to help RBC go undefeated in the week. She scored four against Manchester in a SCT Group 5 game and one goal against division rival Rumson-Fair Haven. King ended the week scoring two goals for the Caseys against Hillsborough in a 3-0 victory at the Mountains vs. Sea Event.
Class A South
Caitlin Mahala, SR. Jackson Memorial - The leader of the back line, Mahala has helped the Jaguars produce five shutouts in a row. Three of those games were 1-0 victories for Jackson Memorial. Caitlin’s communication with everyone on the field and with junior goalie Gianna Berkley makes it difficult for opposing teams to get clean shots off.
Class B North
Terri Morgan, JR. Colts Neck - Morgan recently changed positions, going from defensive center-midfield to striker and the results have paid off for the Cougars. In two SCT Group 3 games last week Colts Neck scored four goals and Morgan was involved in three of them. She scored two goals last week and had the game-winning assist in double-overtime against Donovan Catholic to clinch a spot in the SCT
Class B Central
Mackenzie Highland, JR. Point Pleasant Beach - Highland had her best start since taking over the starting job for Point Beach this season. In a Class B Central game against No. 16 Monmouth Regional, she made several saves right in front of the net in both halves to keep the game scoreless until the Garnet Gulls scored in the second half. Late in the game, Highland protected the shutout by guessing correctly and making a save on a penalty kick.
Class B South
Mackenzie Brotherston, JR. Lacey - Lacey has won six straight games and has scored a high number of goals in the process. Brotherston scored hat tricks in back-to-back games last week to help the Lions clinch first place in SCT Group 11. Scoring six goals last week, her total is up 12 on the season
Erin Farrell, JR. Wall - Farrell scored all five of her goals this season last week and added an assist to help Wall go 4-0 for the week. Farrell scored her first two goals of the season against Jackson Liberty in SCT Group 8 play. Wall clinched first place in Group 8 against Long Branch later in the week where Farrell scored one goal. Farrell led Wall against Somerville in the Mountains vs. Sea Event, scoring two goals in a 3-0 win.
Lauren Kurzynowski, JR. Donovan Catholic - Kurzynowski had two remarkable games last week, one resulting in a win, the other in a double-overtime defeat. The junior goalkeeper helped Donovan win their first game of the season against Jackson Liberty, in which she was tested by the Lions' fast forwards. Kurzynowski did everything she could to give Donovan Catholic back-to-back wins. She stopped breakaways and several point blank-shots against Colts Neck in a SCT Group 3 game, but the Griffins eventually conceded the game-winner in double overtime.