After two blowouts and a wild draw in week six of the Western Indoor Soccer League, club coaches and operators have voted one player from all three games as their Players of the Week. Bellingham’s Richard Henderson and Snohomish’s Tye Hastings split the Offensive POTW award and Micah Wenzel picks up another Defensive POTW for the Tacoma Stars Reserves.

The most competitive match of the weekend happened in Bremerton where the Snohomish Skyhawks and Oly-Pen Force battled to an 8-8 draw. The game was marked by big runs by both teams and Tye Hastings’ hat trick was the driving force in building big leads for the Skyhawks three different times in the game. The Mill Creek native also contributed two blocks on defense to move Snohomish into fourth place. Hastings’ three goals doubled his goal total for the season and he is now third in goals scored for the Skyhawks, behind Devin Shull and John Troka.

Richard Henderson continued his fantastic offensive season with four goals in Bellingham United’s 13-1 win over Tacoma Narrows FC in Tacoma. This is his second Offensive POTW award and his second highest total for goals scored in a game this season after he racked up five goals against the Oly Town Artesians in December. The Scotland native now has 14 goals this season, five more than any other WISL player, and is doing this as a player/coach and as a brand new father. This is the fifth award for Bellingham United this season. Jared Davis and Henderson earned Offensive awards previously and Conner Moe and Riley Liddle have each earned Defensive awards.

The Tacoma Stars Reserves have allowed just 14 goals this season and captain Micah Wenzel is the latest Star to be honored for their defensive prowess. Wenzel is very difficult to beat in a one vs. one situation and is the anchor to the Stars penalty kill. He also had developed into an offensive threat, scoring goals in three straight games to lead the Stars to a 6-0-0 record and the lead in the WISL standings. The Stars have now won four of the six Defensive POTW awards this season. Wenzel joins goalkeeper Mike Arguello, Logan Jones and Danny Minniti.

The WISL would also like to give Snohomish’s John Troka a big honorable mention for the week six Player of the Week. The longtime Skyhawk scored a goal and was instrumental in picking up Snohomish’s first point in Bremerton ever, just hours after his mother passed away. Oly-Pen’s general manager Micah McMonagle nominated Troka for both awards because of his performance in the face of adversity, that also includes his truck being stolen on Christmas Eve and the hospitalization of his mother just after Christmas. The WISL’s thoughts are with Troka and his family and we thank him for his years of competing in our league at a high level, no matter the circumstances.

Other nominees include the Stars Reserves Eddie Na and Bellingham’s Nick Cashmere for offense and Snohomish’s Trevor Davoren and Bellingham’s Noe Betancourt Cruz on defense.

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