BELLINGHAM, WA— The Evergreen Premier League announces that JJ Schmeck (Offense) of South Sound Football Club and BJ Romac (Defense) of Vancouver Victory Football Club are this week’s EPLWA Rock’em Socks Players of the Week for their performances on June 26, 2016.
JJ Schmeck (Offense), South Sound FC
JJ Schmeck was ready to share last Sunday. Nobody was ready for how far he would go, especially the Yakima United defense. Schmeck dished out four assists in what was eventually a 5-2 win for the South Sound Shock.
“Sunday was one of JJ’s best performances yet,” says Shock Head Coach Adam Becker. “He has been solid all year, scoring more than he has in years past, and is still getting assists as well. JJ worked really hard on Sunday exposing the Hoppers midfield and playing very smart going forward. The best part of his play was how unselfish he was. On 3 out of the 4 assists JJ could have chosen to shoot. Instead he played a pass to guarantee goals being scored.”
Schmeck’s running total of assists looked like this:
SS: Sam Zisette (JJ Schmeck) 3
SS: Brandon Madsen (JJ Schmeck) 27
SS: Sam Zisette (JJ Schmeck) 61
SS: Cody Crook (JJ Schmeck) 84
South Sound FC has given Schmeck the chance to play and improve his game in recent years. They’ve seen JJ progress from community college to a scholarship at Montana State Billings. They’ve seen the kid grow into the man. This year JJ has 5 goals and numerous assists.
“It’s been great watching JJ progress with his game on our team,” says South Sound FC founder John Crouch. “We got him at a very young age and have taken him to nationals a few times and played him in a ton of EPLWA games. We’ve enjoyed seeing him mature on the field and in life in general. JJ has benefited from playing with South Sound, The Tacoma Stars and Sounders U23 and we look forward to seeing him succeed at MSU!”
BJ Romac (Defense), Vancouver Victory FC
The Vancouver Victory have played 8 matches and surrendered just 5 goals. They have far and away the best defensive record this season in the Evergreen Premier League. On Sunday that hard work continued as V2FC shut out Wenatchee FC 1-0. In the mix and clamping down once again for the Columbia Blue was BJ Romac.
“BJ has helped our team manage our pressing transitions as well, as sorting out our opponents counter attacking opportunities,” says V2FC Head Coach Aaron Lewis. “BJ is fast, strong, and good on the ball, and his consistency has been one of the main reasons our team is leading the league in goals against.”
Romac has been invaluable to the Victory all season as a left back defender who helps defend by possession. He runs tirelessly up and down the sideline from flag to flag and creates a lot of problems for team offensively as an attacking outside back. He has yet to be beaten for a goal this season, and Sunday’s match continued that momentum.
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.
The 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.