Player of Week: Neva Leavitt

Neva Leavitt

Neva Leavitt is a player that can impact a soccer game from any spot on the field.

A junior, Neva has been a three-year starter on the varsity squad and has always played a very important role in the team’s successes. This year has been especially significant because of her goal-scoring run that she is on. Neva scored a goal against Poland in the first meeting, three goals against Greely, four goals against Fryeburg, and three more goals in the Lakers’ second meeting with Poland (a convincing 7-0 victory).

“She has the ability to play almost any position on the field and will do whatever is asked of her. Neva is actually a very good defender and has played a lot of full back in the past. She has a quiet, shy demeanor but she is a ferocious defender, especially in the role of a forward defending against the opposing teams back line for she goes in hard to win the ball back,” Lake Region varsity girls’ soccer coach Peter Webb said. “This year, I’ve asked Neva to play a center-forward position and the goal scoring output came. She has the speed and agility to get by defenders and can finish. It’s nice as a coach to see her start combining with our other players, which just makes us an overall better team.”

In recognition of her strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Neva is this week’s Boosters and Hancock Lumber “Player of the Week.” Each week, a Lake Region athlete is recognized for his/her dedication (does more than what is asked), work ethic, coachability and academic good standing. Recipients receive a specially-designed T-shirt, sponsored by Hancock Lumber.

The Leavitt File

Name: Neva Leavitt

Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Casco

Parents: Robin Leavitt and Jon Leavitt

Sports you play: Soccer and lacrosse

School organizations: Varsity Club, Interact Club, National Honor Society, class officer

Why did you choose to play soccer? I have always played soccer and I love everything about it.

What is the most difficult part of the game? Communication between my teammates. That is definitely something that we need to improve upon.

What do you enjoy the most about the sport? I love the environment around it and love seeing the fans in the bleachers.

What do you feel you need to work on and why? I need to work on combination plays and passing to the other forwards.

Why is teamwork important? Teamwork is important because there are 11 people on the field and you have to work together to make things happen.

What is the biggest impact your coach(es) have had on you? They give me confidence and feedback to help me get better.

How do you want people to view you as an athlete? I want people to see me as hardworking.

Ten years from now, when you look back on your high school sports career, what do you think you will remember most? I will remember my teammates and how much fun we always had under the lights.

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