The three finalists for the 2018 GOAT Award have been announced! Read what their coaches have to say about them here.
Betty's on field exploits don't need much introduction - last season she was the only non-senior on the 1st all-state team, is arguably the best defender in the division, and a serious deep threat on offense. Less visible to the broader high school community is the leadership Betty has displayed while captaining the largest girls program in the state. She is an excellent communicator and mentor who always advocates fair play, supports and teaches her teammates both on and off the field, and has been a role model for our younger and newer athletes.
Sarah Christie is in her 4th year playing on the open team at SLP, I’ve had the pleasure of playing with her for 3 years in high school, and coaching her this year. Sarah has been an integral part of our O and D lines as a starting handler playing nearly every other point for the past two years, and was chosen as a captain for her junior and senior years. Not only is she able to hang with most any male player we put her on, but she thrives in this situation, consistently breaking marks, making incredibly nasty throws, making smart chilly decisions, and burning them on strike and dump cuts. She is also a very smart defensive player, choosing and exploiting smart match ups and being aware of everything happening around her against males and the rare female.
Not only is she a phenomenal player, but she is an incredible leader and responsible for our growing roster of girls players. Since she had started playing, she has successfully recruited many girls onto the team, and can be effectively responsible for the influx of all girl players on our team.
Ana started playing Ultimate less by choice and more by destiny. All three of her older brothers went through the Como Park program. Ana first showed up to Aurora Ultimate as a shy and quiet 8th grader and eventually grew into our primary handler and team captain her junior year. During her time with Como she has never shied away from a new challenge and has accepted every responsibility laid before her. She has one of the best Ultimate minds I have come across while coaching youth ultimate. Ana goes at every game with the same high level of commitment and brings an infectious energy to the team.
Ana is a step above in skill and knowledge, but more importantly she is a prime example of how players can embrace SOTG while staying competitive. She leads by with her actions as well as vocally and is always thinking about what she can do to help make her team better. Ana has become well known and respected throughout the Minnesota Ultimate community, but has never allowed it to change who she is. She treats all of her teammates and opponents with respect. Ana can be relied upon to keep the focus and spirit up whether on the field or the sidelines no matter what the scoreline may be.