South Lakes’ Suliaman Dainkeh named Gatorade Virginia Boys Soccer Player of the Year

South Lakes senior midfielder Suliaman Dainkeh was named the Gatorade Virginia Boys Soccer Player of the Year on Wednesday, winning the honor shortly before the Seahawks outlasted Jefferson 2-1 (3-2) in penalty kicks in the AAA Liberty District semifinals.

(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Dainkeh certainly didn’t rest on his laurels Wednesday night. He scored a goal in regulation and hammered home his penalty kick, giving South Lakes an opportunity to claim the district title Friday night against Langley, which beat Fairfax 1-0 in the other semifinal.

“It’s really nice to be recognized,” Dainkeh said. “But at the end of the day, if I don’t win anything [with South Lakes], it still wouldn’t matter.”

Dainkeh, who earned first team All-Met honors a year ago, had received a week off heading into the district tournament in order to rest a body that was battered during the regular season. He sat out the regular season finale against Langley — which beat South Lakes a year ago in the Liberty District title game — but returned in a 5-2 win over Stone Bridge in the quarterfinals earlier this week, scoring a goal.

Following Wednesday’s win, the Maryland recruit said he “didn’t know the award existed until he heard about [winning it].” He is the first player from South Lakes to win the award.

“This is not really about awards or anything. I just want to get a banner for my school,” Dainkeh said. “That’s my main goal.  I just want to win district or regionals, or anything. That’s my main focus right now.”

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