Read about this honor in The Buffalo News by Miguel Rodriguez
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Brigid Molloy has elite-level skill and vision on the girls soccer field.
Still, Nardin’s star midfielder didn’t quite envision her senior season going the way that it did. Nor did she see a state player of the year honor coming her way.
Molloy, with the help of her Gators teammates, including her younger sister Mary, achieved the dream season, capped by Brigid being named Class A Player of the Year by the state sportswriters and girls soccer coaches.
Molloy helped Nardin win the Monsignor Martin regular-season and playoff championships. She provided leadership. She performed big in the games that mattered most for a Gators crew that went 11-2-1.
Molloy, the Monsignor Martin co-Player of the Year, led the Gators in goals (24) and assists (11). She’s one of two players from the area to earn one of the five state Player of the Year distinctions available. St. Mary’s Shae O’Rourke captured the POY honor in Class C. The honorees were announced Monday.
“This entire year has been unexpected,” Molloy said. “I’m super grateful we did have a season and that my team performed really well. … It really means the world this year, especially with everything that’s happened, but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.”
The championship and POY honors as a senior kind of help make up for Molloy missing her sophomore season with a knee injury. Nardin coach Frank Cotroneo brought her back slowly during what turned out to be a solid junior campaign.
Molloy knocked it out of the park this fall, a season that began late due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The future Villanova Wildcat scored four goals in a comeback, overtime victory over 2019 playoff champion St. Mary’s. She scored twice in another comeback win over Nichols. She scored the opening goal of the Monsignor Martin final, a 2-0 win over Nichols.
“You want to be noticed, you have to overcome in these games and Brigid did that,” Cotroneo said.
“The recognition is definitely good, she works hard at her craft,” Cotroneo continued. “I was so happy to see her out there doing what she loves to do. The kid loves playing and that makes me happy.”