It is no coincidence that when Jessica Kennett returned to the team after breaking her wrist a few weeks ago that Byram Hills has gone on a four-game winning streak.
The senior suffered the injury in the dying minutes in a 2-2 tie against Rye on September 19th, and missed two games, including an upset loss to Harrison. When she came back, she returned to the field with a cast and a limit on her minutes.
Despite that, she has only seemed to kick it up a notch.
With key forward Carley Barnett out injured, head coach Mike Martino moved Kennett from her usual defensive role of a holding center midfielder to up top. The #lohudgirlssoccer Player of the Week has responded with two-goal games in all of the Bobcats’ three games this week, including scoring both first-half goals in a big 3-2 OT win over Bronxville on Friday.
“Our offense is extremely strong up with her up there, and it’s given us another look for offensive attacks,” Martino said. “When she’s on the field, she’s a huge impact player. Losing an impact player like that at any point of the season is devastating, but we’re just glad that she’s back, and she’s putting in goals for us.”
Other players who garnered consideration for Player of the Week included Pearl River’s Lauren Gallagher, Briarcliff’s Lexi Grasso and Hamilton’s Jessica Letizia.
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