to the Black Rock FC players of the month.
Selected players demonstrated outstanding character, performance and intelligence while representing Black Rock throughout March.
ABOUT THE MARCH TEAM OF THE MONTH
Jesse Ferdinand has just come off a knee surgery and is on a journey to recovery. She has shown great character and some perseverance in a time of much frustration. She has shown the type of teammate she can be, and has stayed positive and upbeat despite her situation. We wish her a speedy recovery and can't wait to see her back!
Lucas Rodriguez Cortina Lucas was super in recent competition against USSDA club matches against Oakwood SC and Empire United. As an outside right back, he defended very well and his offensive play was outstanding as he consistently made great runs forward to open up our attack. His service was exceptional and dangerous throughout the day. Lucas super play confirmed Colgate University interest in him, and he has subsequently committed there for 2021.
Nick Bellak brought a positive attitude to every practice and game. Similar to Eamon, Nick performed very well at the APC cup, but his ability to change the game without even touching the ball was encouraging to see. Nick is committed to both sides of the ball and will do whatever it takes to help the team be successful.
Eamon Moylan has been committed this entire spring. He is very dependable and well respected throughout the group. He was probably our most consistent player at the APC Cup, but his leadership and motivation was even more impressive.
Kamal Ibrahim: The APC Cup was one of the few times that Coach Travis has interacted with Kamal and he is bummed that he might not be able to work with him for the rest of the season. Kamal volunteered to play out of position the entire weekend at outside back because we did not have enough defenders - and he excelled! Kamal's future is bright with his ability, but his character and drive will set himself apart.
Nana Tuffour scored two goals on the weekend and was a constant threat on the field. Normally, he's a more attacking player, but with the reduced squad sizes, he was asked to play in the center of the park, and there was no complaint. He just went out there and did a job and was always a danger to opposing teams. His speed on and off the ball, offensively and defensively, were impressive, and we wouldn't have been the same team without him.
Bridget Stephens had an outstanding attitude to winter training for the past several months. She has always shown up and worked hard, putting in a lot of effort to improve which has shown tremendously.
Oury Diane was our other CM for the weekend. He covered more ground than anyone in the tournament. He was all over the field, putting in tackles defensively, and starting our attack offensively. He was solid through and through, and played every minute of every match, running more than any other player. And after every match, he found time to come to me to recap the game and ask how he could improve for the next one. His work ethic was top-notch, and he showed a true desire to strive to be better.
Noah Levy has put in great work all winter and also at the Elite camp were he was one of the youngest there but worked very hard and proved himself against bigger competition.
Joy Okonkye performed tremendously well at the Girls Indoor Showcase and played with a high level of soccer IQ, and an incredible level of technical proficiency. As a 2023 Graduate, Joy is one of the most exciting talents within the BRFC network.
Eitan Rosen: Following a recent commitment to Boston University, Eitan played two of his best overall matches, scoring two braces in back-to-back matches against USSDA's Empire United and GPS New York Regional Selects. He was man of the match on both occasions.