Athlete of the Week: Paige Wilcox

There are soccer players who score goals for their team, and then there are players who are pure goal scorers. Greene junior Paige Wilcox is the embodiment of the latter.

Wilcox sees openings where other players do not, and she finds a way to score when, seemingly, nothing is available. Wilcox’s coach, Brandy Stone, described one typical scenario:

“A lot of the time, she will receive the ball with her back toward the goal,” Stone said. “She has to turn, beat the person in front of her, and then weave through two or three more kids. She gets into the box and just finishes.”

Or this:

“There are times I see within an area at least five defenders in front of (Paige),” Stone said. “Somehow, the ball remains attached to her foot, and she manages to get through there. We’ve heard comments from players on other teams. I think they are amazed with what she is able to do with the ball.”

Last week, Wilcox reached a Greene milestone scoring five goals against Walton to reach 100 for her career. She is the third 100-goal scorer in Greene history, and the only one to do so in just three seasons. Her career output – 103 goals – has her three shy of Alex Driscoll’s all-time school mark, so it’s just a matter of time before Wilcox becomes the all-time scorer at her school. For that matter, she may likely be Chenango County’s all-time leading goal scorer.

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