“It’s [Reed’s] freshman year, and she just played beautifully against Notre Dame Prep,” Jenkins said. “It wasn’t fancy. She made her move and placed the ball in the goal. I said, ‘You need to see this video.’ ”
For the past four years, Reed has piled up statistics at a more prodigious pace than any player in St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes history, showcasing an increasingly flashy skill set.
The 2012 All-Met Player of the Year became the Alexandria private school’s all-time leading scorer as a sophomore, and four games into her senior season, she has now accumulated 433 total points with 363 goals and 70 assists.
But as Reed powers to the finish of a decorated high school career, Jenkins has preached a less-is-more approach. With a wide array of moves around the net, the North Carolina recruit has been able to attack opposing defenses almost at will in recent seasons, but facing constant double teams, she has also learned to open up the field for her teammates.
“I’m trying to get my mind off of [statistics] this year,” Reed said after scoring three goals in the team’s 13-7 win over Notre Dame Prep last week. “I feel like a lot of people expect me to score all the time. I’m trying to kind of just move the ball more. Coach Jenkins wants me to get my assists up.”
Reed has St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (4-0) back in a familiar spot, beginning the spring atop The Post’s rankings where it finished last season after winning its 17th straight Independent School League AA title.
Despite all the attention, Reed is off to another fast start, which she credits with being able to train more normally in the offseason. Last year, she dealt with a stress fracture in her ankle, leading up to the start of spring practice. She’s netted 18 goals already, including an eight-goal outburst in Sunday’s win over Radnor (Pa.) to begin the team’s spring break trip in California.
The Saints also boast plenty of offensive firepower around Reed, notably seniors Besser Dyson and Margaret Tucker Fogarty, with a defense directed by Virginia signee Wyatt Whitley.
Dyson, another Virginia recruit, actually led the team in points last spring with 146, and she has adjusted to playing behind the net more often this season, acting as a distributor with 15 assists so far. Fogarty, who will play at James Madison, has been counted on to provide more offense from the midfield with the graduation of All-Met Michele Phillips.
“We’re coming,” Jenkins said. “. . . We’re still getting used to playing together without people who did important jobs last year that other people now have to step into.”