South Jersey Girls' Soccer Player of the Year: Amirah Ali, Eastern
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Amirah Ali Eastern, forward, jr. As gaudy as her final numbers were, they don't come close to telling the whole story.
Amirah Ali Eastern, forward, jr.
As gaudy as her final numbers were, they don't come close to telling the whole story.
Thirty-six goals in any division is a rare accomplishment. But scoring 36 goals in the Olympic Conference American Division?
"I can't fathom it," Eastern coach Jamie McGroarty said.
Ali turned in one of the most memorable seasons in South Jersey history, dominating one of the top divisions in the state.
In nearly every game this season, she was swarmed by future college defenders - some high-level Division-1 recruits - but she scored in all but four games. Her 36 goals were a Vikings single-season record. She also dished 16 assists. Even more, she led her team to a fourth straight conference title and the team's first outright Coaches Tournament championship.
Ali, a Rutgers recruit, could sit back and lull teams to sleep before striking or she could attack with a fierce head of steam. Her combination of soccer IQ and athleticism is uncommon at the high school level. And she still has another year left.