Two local soccer players, including one from Long Island, were recently named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) student-athletes of the week.
Erika Flowers, a graduate student at Iona College, received the honor on the women’s side. After not playing in her senior year, the Patchogue native is off to a strong start this season. On August 28 against LIU Brooklyn in the Gaels’ home opener, Flowers scored her first goal of the season in overtime to give Iona a 2-1 win.
According to the match report, in the 100th minute, Flowers took in a pass on the right side of the 18-yard box from senior co-captain Marissa Dundas. While falling to the ground, Flowers pushed a grounded shot to the deep left side of the net.
The goal was Flowers’ fourth career game-winning tally, tying her for the fourth most all-time in program history. She has 30 career points, which ranks fifth all-time in Iona history, and her 12 goals tie her for sixth all-time.
In addition, the MAAC men’s weekly award went to Troy Carrington of Manhattan College’s Men’s Soccer Team. Carrington scored the game-winning goal in Manhattan’s 1-0 win over Navy in the season opener. He redirected an errant shot with a left-footed blast that proved to be the difference in the 77th minute. For the Garden State native, it is his fourth career goal, including the third game winner.