Orange High School senior soccer player Omer Sarig is the Cleveland Jewish News-Buffalo Wild Wings Warrensville Heights Player of the Week.
Sarig, 17, of Pepper Pike, has been a constant presence and leader as a forward for the Lions as one of just two starting seniors. The four-year player said he thinks he’s elevated his game from last season, when he scored four goals.
“I wouldn’t say, statistically, it may not seem– the amount of goals and assists – may not seem like I’m elevating it to a good amount at this point in the season, but I feel that this year, being it’s my senior year, I really feel as if I need to push myself to that little, extra more,” he said. “I feel I can help my team progress and build on everything moving forward. I’ve tried to influence that.”
He said the team has been performing very well, despite its relative inexperience.
“I think there have been some instances where we haven’t put our (opponents) away and some instances where we’ve made a few defensive lapses,” he said. “In previous years, we probably had more talent on this team, especially when I was younger, but I would say we stand strong this year. The effort and motivation and how we perform as a team (raises) our potential.”
He said the team’s goal is to win the Chagrin Valley Conference and he wants to score 10 goals this season. However, he said he won’t feel disappointed if he doesn’t achieve that.
“To me, if I don’t reach that, in terms of statistics, I feel that I motivate the people around me and I perform to the best of my ability and the team is working together, then my personal goal is much less important than the team consistently succeeding,” he said.