One hard fought game produced both Western Indoor Soccer League players of the week for week seven. The Oly Town Artesians and Snohomish Skyhawks battled to a 4-4 draw at the Snohomish Soccer Dome, and for their efforts, Oly Town’s Eli Boatright and Snohomish’s Trevor Davoren have been voted Offensive and Defensive Players Of The Week by club coaches and operators.
Snohomish goalkeeper Trevor Davoren posted a clean sheet in the first half of Saturday’s draw against a rejuvenated Artesians offense to earn Defensive POTW, making numerous saves on shots that should have been goals without a fantastic defensive performance in goal. The Redmond native made 19 saves and killed two Artesians power plays to lead the Skyhawks to an important point that raised them up to third in the standings. This is the third week in a row that Davoren was nominated for Defensive POTW in a three game unbeaten stretch for the Skyhawks (1-0-2) and the fourth time overall. This is Davoren’s second POTW award. He shared the award with fellow Snohomish goalkeeper Seth Hespe in week three last season.
But one of the goals that Davoren allowed was by 16 year-old Eli Boatright, the Offensive POTW for week seven. Boatright, an Olympia High School student and brother of longtime Artesian defender Nate Boatright, received a pass from Collin Tate and fought past a defender over twice his age to beat Davoren and tie the game at 4-4 with just 17 seconds left. He also added an assist to Tate on another game tying goal just over two minutes earlier. Boatright has provided a nice spark for the struggling Artesians, who earned their first point in over a year and their first point ever in Snohomish, playing much stronger than you would expect a 16 year-old to play, scoring three goals with three assists in his first season of indoor soccer.
This is the second week in a row that a Snohomish Skyhawk has been honored. Tye Hastings won the award last week after a hat trick in an 8-8 draw against the Force.
Eli’s brother Nate also garnered a Defensive POTW nomination for his play against Snohomish. Other defensive nominees were the Stars Reserves’ Eddie Brown, who scored twice in their 9-2 win over Narrows at the accesso ShoWare Center, and Bellingham United’s Kenny Parker, who also scored twice in their home win over Oly-Pen.
The Skyhawks’ Tony Clarke earned an Offensive POTW nomination after registering a goal and an assist against the Artesians. Nate Ford (Stars Reserves) and Kenny Parker (Bellingham United) were also nominated for the offensive award with two goal games.