Athlete of the Week: Owego's Erin McDonald
The Owego girl's soccer team is to a perfect 10-0 record right now, and are currently ranked seventh in the New York State Writer's Polls. This success has been a long time in the making for a River Hawks team that boasts a core senior group led by this week's Athlete of the Week, Erin McDonald, sponsored by Amphenol Aerospace.
If you had to guess the amount of goals a star soccer player has scored in a nine-game stretch, what would you guess?10? Maybe if they had a really strong stretch like 15? How about...
"25 this year through nine games," McDonald said.
Though it shocked me, it was no surprise to her teammates.
"She just amazes me every single game," said senior attack/mid Taylor Dalton. "So every single game when she does it, especially when she scores, I'm like, wow, she's amazing."
And it's not just on the field.
"And she's a great leader," said head coach Laurel Neira. "She's one of the captains that the girls go to. She's just a very personable girl and very comforting, friendly, and a great presence."
For McDonald, that's the easy part.
"Definitely, the bond is very helpful, we've been together since like Hiawatha days, like first grade, McDonald said. "So I'd say my teammates are now really the closest thing I had to a sister."
And, together, are still working to build the rest of the OFA Program.
"Yeah, it's crazy, especially because there are so many seniors that we've been to sectionals before and we've had winning seasons and now it's like we can finally get back to winning," said senior center back Alex Aubel.
A senior group that isn't just close, but talented too, hoping to remain undefeated and push for a Section Title.
"It feels great, I obviously had my knee injury last year, made a full recovery, I don't feel it in the slightest and our team feels great," McDonald said.
And although, McDonald's 84 career goals as of September 26th, is most likely a school record. (The school's record got washed out during the 2011 flood).
"Our AD said that is probably the record," McDonald said.
The rest of this season is about finishing a storied career strong as a team.
"Obviously winning sectionals for us, I mean, the girls have been so close the last few years so for this group of seniors and juniors to get together and actually win would be great," Neira said. "But I think overall a goal is just to make sure they've all had a great time throughout their senior year."