One couldn’t be stopped and the other couldn’t stop stopping. The Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) Players of the Week for December 12 helped their clubs to important wins with a hat trick and assist, and a flurry of saves in big situations.
Nate Ford (Midfielder / Forward, Tacoma Stars Reserves) and Seth Hespe (Goalkeeper, Snohomish Skyhawks) are this week’s WISL POTW’s.
OFFENSE – Nate Ford, Tacoma Stars Reserves
The WISL defending champion Tacoma Stars Reserves needed something or someone to separate themselves from the expansion Vancouver Victory. The week before in a similar situation at home against Bellingham the Stars used the skill and experience of Nate Ford to rally past the Hammers. Last Saturday at Clark County Indoor Sports in Vancouver it happened again. A 3-3 scoreline was turned on its head as Ford eventually scored a hat trick and dished out an assist in Tacoma’s 8-3 win.
Ford scored Tacoma’s 5th, 6th and 7th goals of the match against V2FC. He also assisted on the 4th goal, by Kyle Danielson, that stood up as the match-winner. It was the second straight week that Ford has scored a hat trick. Against Bellingham he also added 2 assists.
Nate is now tied for the league lead in goals scored with 8.
DEFENSE- Seth Hespe, Snohomish Skyhawks
It doesn’t hurt that Seth Sespe is a race car driver.
He’s used to high speed action and being an indoor soccer goalkeeper is that kind of gig.
Last Saturday night Oly Town and the homestanding Snohomish Skyhawks combined for over 80 shots, but just 6 goals. Thanks to Sespe and his defense, they only allowed 2 of them in a 4-2 Skyhawks win.
Sespe was only beaten twice on the night while making a couple dozen saves. The Skyhawks were opening their 10th season of elite indoor soccer play at the Snohomish Soccer Dome.
Sespe was given “Man of the Match” honors by the Skyhawks. “It was a total team effort and it’s an awesome to see the hardwork paying off,” said Snohomish head coach Tao Shen after the match.