A model of consistent excellence, Samantha Smith, Grade 12, could have been nominated for AOTW every week of this season so far.
Never flashy or loud, all this stalwart central defender from Georgeville, Que. does is make the right play, over and over, game in and game out, without fanfare or worrying about the highlight reel. Despite playing multiple positions, she is unquestionably the leader of the back line, she always knows where to go, she sees the field well, and she wins the vast majority of balls that come her way. In fact, she does this with such apparent ease that her coaches often forget to give her praise and have caught themselves sometimes taking her for granted. Well, not this week! Congratulation to Samantha for her well-earned AOTW award – better late than never!