Female Athlete of the Week: Emma Lein, Midland Park
Class: Senior. Age: 17
Accomplishment: Lein scored all five of Midland Park’s goals during the week, including the game-winner in the 3-2 overtime victory over Saddle River Day after her team trailed 2-0 at halftime. A striker, Lein also scored the goals in the 2-0 win over Waldwick. Her efforts have helped Midland Park sit atop the NJIC Patriot division standings.
“I have coached girls soccer for over 25 years and I cannot recall one girl scoring all of the team’s goals in one week, let alone a game-winner in overtime. She is just a hard-working, tenacious striker.” — Coach Scott Ernest
Also nominated: Elizabeth McCarthy of Westwood for soccer; Daisy Liljegren of Northern Highlands and Olivia Mandella of Holy Angels for cross-country; and Erin Hedrick of Pascack Hills for volleyball.