ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: KIERAN SMITH

Kieran Smith
Sophomore, Key West
Soccer

“He is one of the captains who goes about his business in a manner that instills confidence in the team. He’s unselfish, working for the team above all else.” – Conchs head coach Nic Farrar

A team does not go on a lengthy win streak by accident; it takes hustle, hard work and, above all, an element of leadership to keep the team going in the right direction. Key West’s Kieran Smith is just that element. Coach Nic Farrar describes his center back as “one of the pillars of the defensive line that has been integral in our win streak with his ball-winning skills and heading ability.” Smith is an integral part of Key West’s defensive unit who also has two assists this season, a testament to his strong clearing skills. For his willingness to give his all on the field, Kieran Smith is the Keys Weekly Athlete of the Week.

Photos by GRACE ANDREW/Keys Weekly

Tracy McDonald fled to the Keys from the frozen mountains of Pennsylvania hours after graduating from college and never looked back. She is a second generation coach and educator, and has taught in the public school system for over 25 years. She and her husband met at a beginning teacher meeting in 1997 and have three children born and raised in Monroe County. In her free time, McDonald loves flea markets, historical fiction and long runs in the heat.