I feel like I say this every week, but there were several deserving candidates once again for the #lohudsoccer Player of the Week. It seems to get more difficult to pick one each and every week.
Ultimately, this week’s choice was Oswald Annang, who has been absolutely on fire and has been leading Peekskill to its best season in years. He either scored or assisted on all six of the Red Devils’ goals over the course of three games, as the team went 2-1 and is now sitting at 6-4 for the season.
To begin the week, Annang scored both goals in a 2-1 win over North Salem. He followed that up by assisting on both goals in a loss against Arlington B, then finished the week strong by scoring both goals against Beacon, a ranked team in Class A. His fourth and final goal of the week gave Peekskill a dramatic overtime 2-1 win over Beacon.
Coaches around the section have been raving about Annang since before the season even began, and now we’re seeing why.
“He is a great goal-scorer, dominant in the air, strong in maintaining possession and has an exceptional defensive ability when needed to play in the back,” Peekskill coach JP Iasillo said. “He is one of the captains on our team. Off the field, he is a fine young man who earns good grades and shows nothing but class.”
Others who were considered included Horace Greeley’s Greg Ginsberg, Pleasantville’s Jonathan Kyriakidis, Valhalla’s Ricky Thomas, Tappan Zee’s James Hennessy, Pearl River’s Sean Coughlan, Rye’s Bernardo Hammes, Gorton’s Edson Dominguez, Edgemont’s Drew Simon, John Jay-EF’s Mike Ciardullo, Fox Lane’s Matt Harrison, Rye Neck’s Reed Peterson and New Rochelle’s Omar Tejeda.