A full plate of WISL action over the weekend gave players plenty of chances to shine using their #FutbolRapido skills. There were excellent performances all over the place in the four matches played. In the end a guy from Yakima and another guy from Portland stood out for leading their teams to important road wins. Hector Valdovinos (Offense – Snohomish Skyhawks) and Marshall Reese (Defense – Olympic Force) are this week’s WISL Players of the Week.
OFFENSE – Hector Valdovinos, Snohomish Skyhawks
The Snohomish Skyhawks were battling their closest rivals in Everett on Saturday night. The score was close down to the wire until Hector Valdovinos, who had scored one earlier, unleashed a late hat trick to end on four goals as the Skyhawks beat Sporting Everett 9-5 at the Everett Soccer Arena.
Valdovinos is used to scoring goals during the summer for his hometown Yakima United FC in the Evergreen Premier League. He has 17 over two seasons. He’s making the trek to play in Snohomish this winter. “I went in there with the mindset of winning,” says Hector of his POTW performance. “It wasn’t really a rivalry (Everett v. Snohomish) for me personally but I know how important it was for our team to get the win. I thought I played a good game overall. I knew if we were gonna win we would have to score. 5-5 going into the 4th quarter and adrenalin was high, seeing my teammates faces after scoring my second goal and us going up 6-5…just gave me that extra boost which also helped me get my 3rd and 4th goals. It was an overall team effort. I thought we all played with heart.”
The Skyhawks have now had back-to-back wins and players of the week. Valdovinos says the team is focused on a top-4 finish and a playoff spot. He appreciates the extra effort of head coach Tao Shen. “Everything from motivational speeches to the videos he shows us really shows how passionate he is about the game and the teams he coaches. Huge thanks to Tao for giving me the opportunity to come out and play for the Skyhawks. I am looking forward to the rest of the season!”
Honorable Mention: Enrique Hidalgo made his debut with the Olympic Force last weekend and scored 4 goals with 3 assists over two Force wins.
DEFENSE – Marshall Reese, Olympic Force
To be the champions you’ve got to get past the champions. It’s still the regular season, but for the Olympic Force beating the Tacoma Stars Reserves in Tacoma is a part of their process of building momentum towards their ultimate goal.
Portland native (Seattle University) Marshall Reese stepped between the pipes at the Tacoma Soccer Center and held the Stars to 3 goals as the Force took a 4-3 win with them back to Bremerton.
“I thought Marshall was fantastic Friday night,” says Force head coach Steve Cashmore. “He brings a lot of experience to the team and really understands the indoor game and angles.”
“Marsh came up with the saves needed and added in 2 assists against Sporting to help us pull through,” says Olympic Force GM Micah McMonagle. “Friday night, Marshall was all over it. He faced 19 shots from Tacoma and saved 12 of them. His distribution was brilliant and he came up huge down the stretch in the 4th quarter. On the other side of the field, Double A (Aaron Anderson) had a huge game in goal for Tacoma but Marshall matched him save for save and in the end Marsh came up with one more save that made the difference. He showed leadership, athleticism and skill throughout the night and is certainly deserving of the award this weekend.”