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.
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.”