Baltimore’s Vanzela Named Player of the Week
Recorded 14 saves in Blast’s 15-4 victory against Milwaukee
The Major Indoor Soccer League announced today that Baltimore Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela had been named the league’s Player of the Week for the third week of the 2012-13 season. Vanzela played a key role in the Blast’s 15-4 victory against defending MISL Champion the Milwaukee Wave on Friday night.
Making his second appearance of the season, Vanzela made 14 saves on 16 shots for the Blast against the Wave. Half of those came in the second quarter as the Wave tried to get back on even terms with the Blast, who held a 6-2 lead five minutes into the period.
Vanzela made four saves in the second half as the Blast held the Wave scoreless, pulling away to take victory and remain undefeated this season. Vanzela himself has now conceded only four goals in two games, making 29 saves, as he and Troy Hernandez have proven more than adequate replacements for departed MISL legend Sagu in the Baltimore net.
Joining Vanzela on the MISL Team of the Week is his Blast teammate Mike Lookingland, who had five points in the Blast’s two victories while marshalling the defense and recording five blocked shots against the Wave on Friday night.
The Missouri Comets also had a pair of players selected following their 17-10 win against the Syracuse Silver Knights on Friday, with midfielder John Sosa recording assists on the Comets’ first four goals of the night and Byron Alvarez posting a hat trick to move into the league lead in points with 20.
The Wichita Wings’ Tiguinho earned a place on the team after leading his side to its first win of the season, recording three assists in the Wings’ 8-6 overtime victory against Syracuse, while Rochester’s Jeremy Ortiz was selected after his six-point game against the Blast on Saturday night kept the Lancers in with a chance at victory.
The 2012-13 MISL season continues on Wednesday night as the Chicago Soul visit the Rochester Lancers at 7 p.m. ET at Blue Cross Arena. The Thanksgiving weekend action continues on Friday night as the Wichita Wings host the Baltimore Blast at 8:35 p.m. ET at Hartman Arena, with the Blast moving on to face the Missouri Comets on Saturday night at 8:35 p.m. ET at the Independence Events Center. Also on Saturday night, the Syracuse Silver Knights return home to host the Chicago Soul at 7 p.m. ET at the OnCenter.
All of this weekend’s action can be seen on MISLNation.com, with in-game updates available on Twitter (@MISLSoccer) and Facebook.
MISL Team of the Week:
GK, William Vanzela, Baltimore - Conceded just twice as the Blast defeated the Wave
Defender, Mike Lookingland, Baltimore - Had five points, and five blocks, in the Blast’s two victories
Midfielder, Jeremy Ortiz, Rochester - Six-point game kept the Lancers close against Baltimore
Midfielder, John Sosa, Missouri - Four assists helped the Comets defeat the Silver Knights
Midfielder, Tiguinho, Wichita - Had three assists in Wings’ first win of the season
Forward, Byron Alvarez, Missouri - Hat trick against Syracuse helped Comets remain undefeated
Honorable Mention – Baltimore: Machel Millwood, Max Ferdinand; Milwaukee: Jonathan Greenfield; Missouri: Brian Harris, Coady Andrews; Rochester: Gary Boughton; Syracuse: Matt Clare, Bryan O’Quinn; Wichita: Federico Moojen, Sanaldo.