Behind a lock down performance against the defending champs and the highest scoring team in the league and the second five goal game of the season, Western Indoor Soccer League club operators and coaches have voted Danny Minniti the Defensive Player of the Week and Luis Enrique Hidalgo as the Offensive Player of the Week for week five.
In a rematch of last season’s WISL championship game, the Tacoma Stars Reserves held Bellingham United to just two goals in a 3-2 win over the defending champions. Danny Minniti played a relentless defensive game and scored what proved to be the game winning goal and registered an assist. The Tacoma native and Wilson High School alum has been with the Stars and Stars Reserves since the first season of the WISL and now has the Reserves on top of the league table at 4-0-0 thanks to their win over United on Saturday. This was his second nomination for Defensive POTW this season.
For the second week in a row, Oly-Pen Force forward Luis Enrique Hidalgo had a hand in six goals, and for the second week in a row, Hidalgo was voted the WISL Offensive POTW. Last week, Hidalgo scored three times with three assists. This week he scored five goals with one assist in the Force’s 14-4 dismantling of the Oly Town Artesians. He jumped to second in the league in goals scored, but they will likely be his last goals of the season for the Force. Hidalgo will be moving to New York after the New Year and will be suiting up for his former professional team, the Rochester Lancers, as they make their return to indoor soccer in Major Arena Soccer League 2.
This is the third Defensive POTW win for the Stars Reserves. Minniti joins Logan Jones (week three) and Mike Arguello (week one). The Stars have allowed just 10 goals in four games this season. This is also the third Offensive POTW award for the Force. Izzy DeLuna won it in week two and Hidalgo has won it twice.
Trevor Davoren and Tony Clarke were both nominated for Defensive POTW and the combo of Steven Moseley and Russell Brown were nominated for Offensive POTW on the heels of their 6-4 comeback win over the Tacoma Narrows. Kyle Johnson was also nominated for the defensive award for his efforts in keeping a clean sheet through the first half against the Artesians and his hat trick. JJ Schmeck of the Stars Reserves was also nominated for Offensive POTW.