Athletes Of The Week


November 18, 2008

Mamadou Kansaye McDonogh, soccer

The center-midfielder was the dominant player in the No. 1 Eagles' 6-1 win over Mount St. Joseph in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship game Nov. 10, scoring two goals and adding two assists.

Kansaye, a junior in his third year on the varsity, set up Connor Rockefeller for the game's first goal and then scored the game-winner when he sent a free kick from 20 yards through a six-man wall for a pivotal goal with five minutes left in the first half.

Kansaye had 10 goals and 18 assists to help lead McDonogh to a 20-1 season. Over the summer, Kansaye was one of the top 100 high school players nationwide in the Adidas Elite Soccer Program.

Others considered: : Jarrell Epps, Wilde Lake, football; Luke Hostetler, River Hill, football; Sam Jones, Severna Park, football; Zack Kane, Perry Hall, soccer

Semret Seyoum River Hill, soccer

The senior midfielder rallied the now-No. 3 Hawks from two goals down in regulation to a 4-2 shootout victory over now -No. 5 Eastern Tech for their third straight state Class 2A girls soccer crown. Seyoum scored two goals and then made the game-winning penalty kick.

She tied the game at 2-2 after halftime and, after the Mavericks went up 3-2, she scored off a long throw in the final minute of regulation. In the shootout, she nailed a penalty kick that secured the win. The Olympic Development Program veteran had 13 goals this season. She plans to play in college. Seyoum, who has a 3.7 grade-point average, is leaning toward a career in medicine.

OTHERS CONSIDERED: : Brooke Carey, Glenelg, soccer; Amanda McCracken, Liberty, volleyball; Casey Schmidt, Glenelg, volleyball; Amber Womack, Eastern Tech, soccer

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