BREMERTON, WA— The Northwest Premier League (NWPL) announces that Fuerza FC player Esperanza “Espy” Soriano-Sanchez (FC Alliance Premier) is the Player of the Week for the second week of action in the new elite amateur statewide women’s soccer league. Espy will receive an inaugural season league scarf to commemorate her accomplishment.
Last week a veteran was named player of the week as Megan Lindsay of Spokane garnered the honors. This week the NWPL highlights the younger talent in the league with the selection of Soriano-Sanchez, who is a sophomore (age 16) at Stanwood High School.
“Espy is a very creative player and at only 16 years old, she has a great soccer future ahead of her,” says Fuerza FC head coach Tony Carillo. Fuerza is a young team, but they scored a 2-1 opening win on Sunday in Everett against Yakima United. Espy led the way with a goal and an assist. “Espy played her heart out this game playing the full 90, never quitting, like many of our younger players.”
“On her goal, she received a great assist by McKenzie Buell on the right side of the field,” Carillo desribes. “She then cut the ball, beat a player then beat the goalie to tap the ball into the goal. On the assist she once again received a through ball by McKenzie Buell, she then took the ball to the left side of the field, and crossed it in where Jalisa Santiago forced it into the goal.”
Espy has already been highlighted by the Everett Herald. She’s an all-around athlete that also plays basketball at Stanwood.
Her goal is to attend Gonzaga for a Criminal Justice degree and hopefully play soccer while there. “She is one of the many young players on the team that if there is a game to play, she is always willing,” Carillo says.
Espy and Fuerza FC travel to Chehalis / Centralia on Sunday May 15 to face Twin City Union at 5 PM at Tiger Stadium.
Video: Fuerza FC at training.