Portland’s Rey Ortiz Named WCC Player of the Week
Sophomore’s game-winning goal pushed Portland to top of table
SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Portland sophomore midfielder Rey Ortiz has been named the West Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
Ortiz entered the weekend as the nation’s leader in assists, but it was his goal on Saturday night, which came on a world-class finish, that provided a 1-0 win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs at a stormy Merlo Field.
The lone goal of the night happened in the in the 35th minute, and it was set up by Erik Edwardson and Spencer Myers left of the 18-yard box. After 1-2 sprung Myers, the freshman whipped in a cross towards the penalty spot. That's where Ortiz buried it into the left corner of the net with a side volley.
His fifth goal of the year handed the home side a 1-0 lead, which they’d hold on to and move back to the top of the WCC table.
Also Nominated: Josiah Benjamin, San Diego
2017 West Coast Conference Player of the Week
Week 1 (8/28) – Benji Michel, Soph, M, Portland
Week 2 (9/4) – Wouter Verstraaten, Jr., D, Pacific
Week 3 (9/11) – Thomas Olsen, R-Sr., GK, San Diego
Week 4 (9/18) – Anders Engebretsen, Soph., M, Saint Mary’s
Week 5 (9/25) – Sean Bowman, Jr., M, San Francisco
Week 6 (10/2) – Benji Michel, Soph., M, Portland
Week 7 (10/9) – Rey Ortiz, Soph., M, Portland
Week 8 (10/16) – Miguel Berry, Soph., F, San Diego
Week 9 (10/23) – Tariq Branche, Soph., F, Pacific
Week 10 (10/30) – Jake Rudel, Soph., F, Saint Mary’s
Week 11 (11/6) – Rey Ortiz, Soph., M, Portland