The Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) Players of the Week for December 5, 2015 played in matches that saw a big comeback and a stingy defense. One scored all the goals his club needed for a late, late win while the other led a defense that held tight for his club’s first win of the season. This week’s Players of the Week are Gus Bermudez, Olympic Force (Offense) and Evan Munn (Oly Town FC) Defense.
OFFENSE: Gus Bermudez, Olympic Force
The Olympic Force are now 2-0-0 and in first place in the WISL. League-leading scorer Gus Bermudez (8 goals overall) has 4 goals in each of the club’s first two matches. He saved 3 of his 4 last week for the 4th quarter in Everett against Sporting Everett FC.
The Force were down 7-5 entering the last frame, but they escaped the Everett Soccer Arena with an 8-7 win after Bermudez scored to make it 7-6, tie it at 7-7 and then win it for Olympic with just over 20 seconds to go.
“Gus just keeps scoring goals,” says Force GM Micah McMonagle. “He did it last year, and he is doing it again this year.”
It was a team comeback for Olympic, who trailed almost the entire match. When it mattered most, Bermudez was the guy putting the ball into the net.
Under a minute remained in the match when Force goalkeeper Marshall Reese made a sliding kick save on a Sporting shot that rebounded out towards the center circle. Bermudez connected with the ball and pulled forward for a one-on-one chance against Everett goalkeeper Jeff Renslo. Gus beat him on the floor with a low shot that stunned the home side as the clocked ticked down.
DEFENSE: Evan Munn, Oly Town Artesians
You can’t win a match if your defense doesn’t keep you close. On Saturday night in Vancouver Evan Munn and his defense did just that for Oly Town FC. Then his side got two late strikes to win their first match of the season, 4-3.
“He made several great saves and did an excellent job commanding our defense,” says Artesians head coach Matt Stalnik. “He is younger but acts like a veteran. I don’t think anyone on our team would argue how well he played last game. However, Evan will be the first to tell you the guys in front of him did an excellent job. A team effort collectively led to our win, and Evan is a true team player.”
Says Artesians GM Brandon Sparks, “He was phenomenal. I am also really impressed with how he is picking Matt’s brain about being an indoor keeper and educating himself watching tape and becoming a great student of the game.”