North Jersey Football Player of the Week September 18-24


With another fun week of high school football season behind us, it’s time to look back at the best performances.

Check out the players who stood out last week and let us know who you think should be North Jersey’s Player of the Week in the poll at the bottom of this page.

Closing of votes Thursday at 6 p.m.

Lia Cruz

North Arlington Junior Forward

Cruz became the first Bergen County high school football player to score inside Red Bull Arena when she netted the second-half winner last Tuesday against Lyndhurst. She had four goals and two assists last week in three wins at North Arlington.

Annie Leonard

Glen Rock Freshman Goaltender

Leonard was turned off for the Panthers, who are the only women’s soccer team in North Jersey to not allow a goal this season. She had 16 saves in three shutouts last week, including 11 saves in a 1-0 win over Fair Lawn in the first round of the Bergen County Tournament.

Kat Slott

Ridgewood Preview

Slott kept the Maroons unbeaten with three goals and three assists last week. Boston University’s commitment has been a consistent source of offense with points in all six games this season.

Brianna Starling

Wayne Valley Senior Goaltender

Starling continued the tradition of productive goalies for the Indians with five shutouts in seven games this year. She stopped 16 of 17 shots in three games last week and helped Wayne Valley beat Crosstown rival Wayne Hills in a rematch of the Passaic County Finals last year.

Andre Armstrong

Pompton Lakes Junior Forward

The speedy Cardinals forward scored twice apiece in straight wins over Butler, Hawthorne and Eastern Christian. This gives him a team record 11 goals this season and 35 for his career.

Sean Langley

River Dell Senior Midfielder/Striker

Langley represented the Golden Hawks’ entire offense on Saturday recording a career-high five points on two goals and three assists. He added a goal and two assists earlier in the week against Indian Hills.

Wise Tyler

Lyndhurst Junior Striker

Wise racked up an offensive season in one week, registering nine goals and three assists for the Golden Bears. He set a personal best with four goals Friday against Weehawken.


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