It was a great day of action in the Western Indoor Soccer League on January 30th with plenty of team accomplishments and great individual performances. The WISL Player of the Week Committee had plenty to pick from, including two 4-goal performances and defensive stands during furious rally attempts.
This week the Hammers of Bellingham United will continue their streak of Offensive Players of the Week as Brendan Quilici gets his second POTW honor of the season. On defense the nod goes to a young man just 17 years old who stepped into goal for Vancouver in the second half. Zach Morris faced the top of the table Olympic Force and held them to 4 goals.
OFFENSE: Brendan Quilici, Bellingham United
Brendan Quilici scored 4 goals and dished out 2 assists on Saturday against Snohomish to narrowly edge out Gus Bermudez (4 goals, 1 assist) of the Olympic Force for WISL Offensive POTW honors.
No one has been able to stop the Hammers’ offense. BUFC have scored 11-9-11-11-10 goals over their last five matches, racking up a whopping 77 goals in 8 matches overall. So it stands to reason that Bellingham would be in the running for individual offensive honors.
Quilici’s honor is the 4th of the season for the Hammers, including three weeks in a row. Brendan was honored back on January 4th. Now in successive weeks it’s been Richard Henderson, Nick Cashmere, and now Quilici again. The player-coach of BUFC has raised his total goals on the season to 12, moving him into the WISL top 5.
DEFENSE: Zachary Morris, Vancouver Victory
Welcome to the WISL, Zach Morris. With your club trailing powerhouse Olympic Force 7-1 at the half, please step onto the pitch and make something happen. Or rather, STOP something from happening.
17-year-old Vancouver Victory goalkeeper Zach Morris didn’t flinch at his chance. He delivered a solid half of play with over 20 saves as his mates rallied to within 8-5 before eventually falling 11-7 to the Force. Along the way Morris earned the respect of his foes and V2FC fans as he swatted away chance after chance by the Force.
In a pre-season feature on Zach by goalWA.net, Morris said “You have to step up and play at their level. The speed of play is a lot faster and the games are a lot more physical, I’m used to playing with adults since I play in two different men’s outdoor leagues. That has helped me become a bigger presence in the goal.”