Thursday, July 3, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. – A light weekend of W20 action did not lack for excitement and stand-out performances. This week’s 2014 W20 Top Performers are midfielder Marti Corby and defender Alexis Rossi from Grand Rapids Crew Juniors, and Mallory Hopkins from Lake Norman SC. The Crew Juniors duo combined for an impressive display in the last two games that saw Grand Rapids score 14 goals and let in only one. Hopkins scored two crucial goals on the weekend to put Lake Norman atop the division.
Lake Norman SC
Hopkins’ two goals in Lake Norman’s weekend road trip helped ensure a vital six points during a difficult stretch of the season.
Saturday’s matchup between Lake Norman SC and Gulf Coast Texans came down to Mallory Hopkins’ solo blast in the 36th minute. The win put Lake Norman one point behind the division-leading Carolina Elite Cobras going into Sunday’s game against Atlanta Metros FC.
Hopkins scored another solo effort in just the ninth minute against Atlanta to put her side up 1-0. The game would ultimately end 2-1 in favor of Lake Norman and push them to the top of the table.
Marti Corby & Alexis Rossi
Grand Rapids Crew Juniors
Grand Rapids Crew Juniors currently sit atop the Midwest Division with an astounding +29 goal differential in just seven games. While the goals have been important for the Crew Juniors, the defense has let in only three all season.
“Rossi is our captain and our centerback. She has been the main reason our team has only let in three goals,” Head Coach Lewis Robinson said.
“She is a great leader and has kept our back-line very solid this summer. She is brilliant at breaking down attacks and is a true ball winner, but this summer she has turned defense into offense remarkably well with her precise passing and ability to pick out midfielders and forwards.”
Playing in front of Rossi is the disruptive, but creative, central midfielder Corby. In her midfield role, Corby has been able to get forward and play a vital role as the lynchpin of the explosive offense.
“Corby is a dominant central midfielder who truly goes box to box,” Coach Robinson said.
“She can defend and physically dominate a game from a holding position, but can also create and score goals going forward. She is very skillful and is great with both feet.”