Pacific Athletes of the Week for the March 12 edition
Tony PresnellSoccer Yokota, JapanLast week:
Scored five goals and recorded four assists as the Panthers opened the season by winning two of three games played at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.
In mucky conditions caused by heavy rain that morning, Presnell, a senior, scored four times and assisted twice as Yokota pounded host Matthew C. Perry 10-0 on Friday. He scored and assisted once each in the Panthers’ 4-1 victory over Zama American, and assisted on the Panthers’ lone score in a 7-1 loss to Canadian Academy.
"Tony’s leadership is invaluable, where his attitude and highly competitive nature catapulted him to a position of team co-captain," first-year Yokota coach Jason Leonardis said, calling his goals and assist totals "a feat not-at-all-easy for a central midfielder of Tony’s stature. His willingness to carry the team on his shoulders to success makes Tony one of those rare players."
Zama American, Japan
Began the season in high style, scoring seven times and recording eight assists as the Trojans swept three games at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.
Ashliman, a sophomore, teamed with her junior sister Aubrey for 16 goals. Mallarie had a goal and three assists as Zama beat host Matthew C. Perry 4-1 on Friday. The next morning, she had four goals and four helpers as the Trojans routed Nagoya International 10-0, then added two goals and an assist in another 10-0 victory, this time over Marist Brothers International.
"Mallarie leads by example, which she displays every time she steps on the pitch," first-year Trojans coach Rogers Pitts said. "She is soft-spoken, kind-hearted and enjoys being active in the community. She’s the type of student-athlete any school would love to have. I expect her to go far in whatever she decides to pursue, whether it’s sports or academics."
Selected by Stars and Stripes staff