Commentary

Schickel, McCoy shine on the pitch

Updated: November 5, 2008, 1:49 PM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

The following are this week's ESPN RISE National Soccer Players of the Week. Players are recognized for their performances from the previous week (Monday through Sunday).

Boys player of the week
Kyle Schickel, St. Xavier (Ky.), Sr., F
Schickel is making a serious play for Kentucky player of the year. The Northwestern commit scored three goals in St. Xavier's 6-2 sectional championship over South Oldham in a match that featured five NCAA Division I commits. He also earned a penalty kick that a teammate converted during the victory.

Finalists
Hancell Guevara, Brentwood (N.Y.): Guevara scored four goals last week, two each in wins over Connetquot (4-0) and West Islip (3-2), to keep the team perfect.

Brandon Paul, St. Benedict's (N.J.): Paul was in goal in 18 matches this year, 14 of which resulted in shutout victories for the state's Prep A champion. Paul is also a youth national team member.

Max Lachowecki, Evansville Memorial (Ind.): Lachowecki scored in both the state semifinal and final to help Memorial to a second straight undefeated state-championship season. The sophomore forward has never lost a varsity soccer match, as Evansville Memorial is 45-0-5 over the past two seasons.

Past players of the week
Oct. 29: Tyler Pollock, Beavercreek (Ohio)
Oct. 22: Jordan Cyrus, Norfolk Academy (Va.)
Oct. 15: Ryan Finley, Rancocas Valley (N.J.)
Oct. 8: Kyle Schraier, Christian Brothers (Mo.)
Oct. 1: Walter Rodriguez, St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.)
Sept. 24: Adam Jahn, Sacramento Jesuit (Calif.)
Sept. 17: Erik Hurtado, Westview (Ore.)
Sept. 10: Devon Sandoval, Eldorado (N.M.)
Sept. 3: Chris Perez, Gonzaga (D.C.)

Girls player of the week
Jocelyn McCoy, Archbishop Spalding (Md.), So., GK
Spalding ended its season with nine straight shutouts, and McCoy was instrumental in that run. She came up with a crucial save to secure Spalding's 2-0 IAAM championship victory over former FAB 50 No. 2 McDonogh School.

Finalists
Cari Roccaro, East Islip (N.Y.): Roccaro scored three goals last week, including the match-winners in two contests, to keep East Islip undefeated.

Kameesha Woodfine, Baylor School (Tenn.): Woodfine had two goals and one assist as Baylor defeated Brentwood Academy 6-1 to advance to this week's state semifinals. Woodfine also converted the match-winning penalty kick as Baylor beat Pope John Paul II just to get a crack at Brentwood Academy.

Past players of the week
Oct. 29: Kealia Ohai, Alta (Utah)
Oct. 22: Ashley Szalwinski, Noblesville (Ind.)
Oct. 15: Melissa Madrid, Casa Grande (Calif.)
Oct. 8: Kaitlyn Kerr, Pennington Prep (N.J.)
Oct. 1: Taylor Davidson, Baylor School (Tenn.)
Sept. 24: Ashley Cuba, Cardinal Mooney (Ohio)
Sept. 17: Ashley Jones, Alta (Utah)
Sept. 10: Erin Simon, Pennington Prep (N.J.)
Sept. 3: Danielle Hubka, Strongsville (Ohio)

To nominate an athlete for player of the week consideration, e-mail Sheldon Shealer. Shealer is the soccer editor of ESPNRISE.com.