The Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) names an offensive and defensive player of the week during the season. For the first weekend of play in the 2015-16 campaign the honors go to Sporting Everett FC’s Lupe Rodriguez (offense) and Olympic Force’s Victor Kelmel (defense.)
OFFENSE: Lupe Rodriguez, Sporting Everett FC
Lupe Rodriguez scored three goals on Saturday night at the Everett Soccer Arena as Sporting Everett FC handed the Tacoma Stars Reserves their first WISL loss ever (after going 10-0-0 and winning the league last season.)
“Lupe is a very talented player,” says Sporting head coach Craig Otto. “He’s a very hard worker and now a team player. His work ethic is amazing. I am very happy for him to be named Player of the Week. He deserves it.”
Rodriguez was abe to score a hat trick even with tight marking. His team needed all of his goals as Tacoma rallied but fell short 6-5.
Of note: Olympic Force player Gustavo Bermudez deserves mention for his 4-goal performance in a 12-3 win over Snohomish Skyhawks. Kyle Johnson scored one and dished out 5 assists for the Force. It was a close call this week.
DEFENSE: Victor Kelmel, Olympic Force
Victor Kelmel wasn’t letting anything get by him on Saturday night at the Olympic Sports Center in Bremerton. The Snohomish Skyhawks had trouble getting shots on goal and were trailing 6-0 at the half.
“Vic Kelmel had a very solid night,” says Force head coach Steve Cashmore. “A few blocks he had early on were big for us and set the tone for our defense.”
Snohomish has some firepower on their roster, including players traveling from Wenatchee and Yakima to play in the WISL. On the night Kelmel, who is from Port Orchard, denied the ball and thus denied good chances.
Of note: In the same match but on the other side of the ball, Snohomish goalkeeper David Vitale might have left with a big goals-against average, but he also made numerous spectacular saves. Also worthy of mention was the work done by Jeff Renslo in goal for Sporting Everett FC in their win over Tacoma.