Sometimes you lose but the other side tips their hat to your performance. Other times you have “one of those nights” when it all comes together with goals, assists and a victory. The players of the week in the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) experienced both on Saturday January 23rd. They also have experienced this before – both Evan Munn of the Oly Town Artesians and Nick Cashmere of Bellingham United are previously winners of POTW honors.
OFFENSE- Nick Cashmere, Bellingham United FC
The Hammers have scored 11 goals 4 times this season, including their last 3 matches in a row! Everyone’s clicking and on Saturday night January 23rd at Clark County Indoor Sports it was Nick Cashmere’s turn to put up some big numbers. Nick scored a hat trick (3 goals) and assisted on 3 other Bellingham scores as the Hammers won again, 11-4 over the Vancouver Victory.
Cashmere is a native of Bellingham with pro experience. He was named WISL Player of the Week last season on January 5th for the exact same feat: he scored 3 and assisted on 3 in a 9-8 BUFC win at Oly Town.
In the Evergreen Premier League Cashmere was named POTW for a performance in July of 2015.
DEFENSE – Evan Munn, Oly Town Artesians
You might be thinking that with a final score of 6-2 that the WISL should be looking at the club who only gave up 2 goals for a defensive player of the week. However, it’s Evan Munn who gets the honor for Oly Town in goal. He comes highly recommended – from the Olympic Force themselves. Both sides seemed to be in agreement afterwards that Munn’s spectacular play amidst a constant onslaught from the Force kept the match from being over early.
Instead, Evan’s work in front of the Artesian net actually made for a 0-0 match into the second quarter. In the third quarter the high-scoring Force held just a 2-1 lead.
“We might have scored 20 goals if not for Munn,” says Force General Manager Micah McMonagle. Oly Town’s GM Brandon Sparks echoed the exact same sentiment.
Sometimes you lose by four goals, but in the process deliver such a dynamite performance that both sides want to shake your hand after the match, just to make sure they are really human hands.