Western Mass’ Junior named PDL PotW

Western Mass’ Junior named PDL PotW
by USL (United Soccer Leagues)
June 27, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. – The PDL announced its Team of the Week for the eighth week of the season today, with Western Mass Pioneers forward Alencar Junior being honored as the Player of the Week. Junior, a native of Brazil, had five goals in two games as the Pioneers joined the race for the playoffs in the Northeast Division as they reached the midway point of their season.        

Junior opened the week on Wednesday night by leading the Pioneers to a 4-1 victory against the Real Boston Rams as he scored the opening goal in the 27th minute to put his side ahead. After Tommaso D’Agostino doubled Western Mass’ lead before halftime, Junior put the game away in the second half as he scored a pair of goals eight minutes apart to complete his hat trick.

Three days later, Junior had both goals in a 2-1 victory against the Vermont Voltage. After Junior gave the Pioneers a 15th-minute lead, Western Mass appeared to be on its way to a draw after Vermont pulled level early in the second half. Junior was able to grab victory for the Pioneers as he scored in the 89th minute. Western Mass now sits three points behind both the GPS Portland Phoenix and the Ottawa Fury, but with a game in hand, as the three teams enter the second half of the PDL season.

Junior was joined by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23’s Bobby Jhutty, who had a hat trick and an assist in his side’s 4-2 win against the Sounders FC U-23 on Friday night, and Baltimore’s Pete Caringi, who had a hat trick in the Bohemians’ win against the F.A. Euro – New York Magic on Saturday night.

Oklahoma City FC goalkeeper Bryan Byars was honored after recording a six-save shutout in his side’s 0-0 draw with the previously perfect Austin Aztex, and he was joined by a trio of defenders led by Virginia Beach’s Shaun Russell, who scored the only goal in the Piranhas’ 1-0 win against the Carolina Dynamo. Thunder Bay’s Axel Sjoberg was also selected after he scored two goals in the Chill’s 5-2 win against Springfield on Saturday night, while Jersey’s Lebo Pila was honored after played a decisive role in the Express’ 2-0 win against the Ocean City Nor’easters.

Michigan’s Matt Walker led a quartet of midfielders honored after he recorded two goals and four assists in the Bucks’ two wins that put them on top of the Great Lakes Division. Ventura County’s Anthony Salciccia was also selected after leading the Fusion to a pair of wins with three goals in two games during the week, while Toronto’s Maxim Kowal was honored after rallying the Lynx with two goals in a 3-2 victory against K-W United. Fresno’s Paul Islas continued his outstanding season, and was selected after helping the Fuego remain undefeated with a 3-1 win against FC Tucson. 

PDL Team of the Week






Bryan Byars

Oklahoma City

Recorded six-save shutouts as OKC drew with Austin


Shaun Russell

Virginia Beach

Had only goal, and played key role in shutout, against Carolina


Axel Sjoberg

Thunder Bay

Pair of goals helped Chill remain perfect by defeating Springfield


Lebo Plia


Was integral to containing Ocean City attack in 2-0 victory


Matt Walker


Had two goals, four assists as Bucks took pair of victories


Paul Islas


Scored a goal, added assist as Fresno downed Tucson


Maxim Kowal


Came off bench to score twice, key 3-2 win against K-W United


Anthony Salciccia

Ventura County

Had three goals in two games as Fusion won pair of games


Alencar Junior

Western Mass

Had five goals in two games as Pioneers earned two victories


Bobby Jhutty


Scored a hat trick to lead Whitecaps U-23 past Sounders U-23


Pete Caringi


Recorded a hat trick as Bohemians remained in playoff race

Honorable Mention – Austin: Eddie Campbell, Walker Hume; Baltimore: Marquez Fernandez; Boston: Ali Sozeri; Bradenton: Mark Magee, Zak Boggs; Carolina: Sebastian Ibeagha, Hakan Ilhan; CFC Azul: Mark Grant; Des Moines: Nico Wright; Fresno: Nick Murphy, Tyler Reinhart; Jersey:Brayan Martinez, Joseph Ovenseri; Kansas City: Michael Oakley, Nick McDonald; Kitsap: Neil Shaffer; K-W United: Tomislav Zadro, Jack Warburton; LA Misioneros: Vincent Weijl; Laredo: Daniel Garza, Greg Mulamba; London: Jordan Ayris, Aaron Boyd; Michigan: Gerald Ben, Kevin Cope; Mississippi: Cedric Muteshi; North Sound: Brady Ballew, Ryan Herman; Northern Virginia: Eber Martinez; Ocala: Jack Bailey, Kenny Hogg;Ocean City: Dwayne Reid; Orlando: David Graydon, Tyler Blackwood; Portland: Zach Barnes; Reading: Jimmy Ockford; River City: Lepe Seetane;SC United: Danny Cates; Southern West Virginia: Billy Forbes; Tampa BayRicardo Webb, Stivan Salinas; Thunder Bay: Pedro Adan, Sunny Omoregie; Toronto: Callum Home, Mackenzie Wilde; Tucson: Gabe Silveira; Ventura County: Harrison Delbridge, Mark Knight; Virginia Beach:Charles Nweke; Washington: Spencer Richey; West Texas: Len Smith, David Gonzalez; West Virginia: James Pucci.

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