The second group of fall Athletic Accolade honorees have been selected. Oliver Hunt ’11 (boys’ varsity soccer), Riley Nelson ’14 (girls’ JV soccer), and Shantal Risk-Belliard ’17 (MS girls’ B soccer) are this week’s recipients. Athletic Accolades acknowledge student-athletes who have made important contributions to their teams through quality of play, leadership, and sportsmanship.
“Oliver Hunt has been the backbone of our team so far this year,” says coach Steve Schechter. “Coming off of a season last year in which he was named All-EIL and a League MVP nominee, the expectations were very high. Oliver has not disappointed. He has eight points in seven games (five goals and three assists) to match his tally for all of last season. This past week Oliver scored on a brilliant 25-yard free kick to help his team earn a hard-fought draw with Concord Academy. Beyond statistics, Oliver has been the ultimate team player. He has played through pain all season long, and never complains. Despite nagging injuries, Oliver is the first to challenge on every 50-50 ball and plays with unparalleled passion and personality.”
Riley Nelson has earned high praise from coach Joe Robinson: “Riley really stepped up as a player and a leader for the rest of the team. Her ability to adapt and fill both offensive and defensive positions on the field has been integral to our team. She continues to grow daily in her skills and always takes a strong leadership role”
“Shantal Risk-Belliard stepped up to play goalie for us having never played before and is doing an amazing job,” raves coach Jeff Hecht. “She has listened to every tip and instruction I have given her, improving her punting ability and overall goalie awareness. She is probably the the biggest reason we have been successful so far this season and has major potential to become a key asset to the Beaver soccer program in the future.”