Hernandez, Avalos heat up as Players of the Week

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BELLINGHAM, WA— The Evergreen Premier League announces that Alan Hernandez (Forward, Vancouver Victory) and Miguel Avalos (Goalkeeper, Wenatchee FC) are the EPLWA Rock’em Socks Players of the Week for June 5, 2016.

potw-socksOFFENSIVE: Alan Hernandez

Alan Hernandez is from Tigard, Oregon. He currently plays for Willamette University. On Saturday June 4 his brace lifted Vancouver Victory FC over Seattle and kept them in first place. The match was level 1-1 before Alan scored twice to give V2FC the points needed to stay top of the table.

Alan_Hernandez_mug“Alan was good in possession the first half, but started to find more dangerous spots in between and behind the Seattle back line midway through the second half,” says V2FC Head Coach Aaron Lewis. “He found the game winner with a composed near post finish after being played through, and then hammered a volley several minutes later to help us secure the win.”

There were plenty of excellent choices for Offensive POTW this time around as the league saw four players score braces. Also getting two goals last week were Dylan Avey (Wenatchee), Zach Hamer (Spokane) and Richard Henderson (Bellingham.)

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DEFENSIVE: Miguel Avalos

No one had a better weekend than Wenatchee FC. The club took down South Sound 3-1 on Saturday and then traveled to Spokane where they shut out the Shadow 2-0 on Sunday. It was defense that drove their sweep, and the Capitals had plenty of heroes on that side of the ball.

miguel_avalos_mugWenatchee Head Coach Jamie Richards says, “This is a tough decision (picking just one defender) as many aided to the results. We feel our goalkeeper Miguel Avalos is well deserving of this honor. Since Miguel has been on the pitch his communication, and leadership makes defenders jobs more clear and concise.”

Last weekend Avalos faced some of the best that the EPLWA can offer, for a club looking to make its mark against the contenders.

“In the heat his leadership helped the defense to conserve energy as we had a double header weekend in 90 plus degree weather,” says Richards. “A near shutout on Saturday and a well deserved shutout on Sunday!”

Miguel has made his way to Wenatchee from Mexico, where he played in the second division.

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About the Players of the Week honors

The Evergreen Premier League  will be selecting an offensive and defensive Player of the Week each week during the 2016 season. The Players of the Week will be acknowledged with a pair of custom, unique socks featuring the EPLWA logo. The socks are from Rock’Em Apparel, the Official Provider of the weekly reward. The league worked with Rock’Em Apparel to finalize the look of the socks. The league logo is complemented by a rendering of George Washington in the State seal.

EPLWA Logo-06-CROP-500The phrase “Rock ‘Em” represents the willingness to achieve greatness; to go above and beyond limits,” says www.RockEmApparel.com.

Evergreen Premier League players will work to do just that for their clubs this season. The best of the best will have cool custom socks to show off around town for their efforts.

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