Veronica Boquete

Portland Thorns FC midfielder Verónica Boquete has been voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the media for Week 14 of the 2014 NWSL season.

It is the second time Boquete, 27, has won the award since making her NWSL debut on June 7. She was previously voted Player of the Week for her one-goal performance in Week 10.

The Santiago de Compostela, Spain native had two goals and two assists in the Thorns’ record-breaking 7-1 win Sunday over FC Kansas City, which established new NWSL marks for most goals in a game and largest margin of victory. She also featured in Portland’s 1-1 draw Wednesday against the Chicago Red Stars, registering one shot on goal in 85 minutes.

Boquete started the scoring against FC Kansas City in the 3rd minute, taking a pass from forward Alex Morgan before sidestepping a defender and skipping a shot past Nicole Barnhart from 16 yards out. It was the first goal the FCKC goalkeeper had allowed in 587 minutes.

In the 62nd minute, the Spain international captain surged into the attacking third before sliding a pass through two defenders for Allie Long, who turned and fired in her second goal of the game to give the Thorns a 4-1 lead.

Boquete added a second goal of her own to make the score 5-1 in the 74th minute, converting from the penalty spot by sending Barnhart the wrong way after Blues defender Kassey Kallman brought down Portland midfielder Tobin Heath inside the box.

In the 80th minute, Boquete notched her second assist of the game with a sharp cross to the near post that was headed in by forward Christine Sinclair to push Portland’s lead to 6-1.

This marks the second time this season and fourth time overall a Portland Thorns FC player has been voted NWSL Player of the Week. Goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc won the award twice as a member of the Thorns in 2013.

Portland Thorns FC will return to action Thursday, July 17, at 8 p.m. ET against the Chicago Red Stars at Benedictine University Sports Complex in Lisle, Ill.


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