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 10 of the 2014 NWSL season.
Boquete, 27, scored her first NWSL goal to help lead the Thorns to a 2-0 victory Saturday over the Washington Spirit at Providence Park in Portland, Ore.
The Santiago de Compostela, Spain native scored the goal in just her second game with the Thorns. The Spain international was acquired April 7 in a trade with the Western New York Flash but did not make her debut with her new club until June 7.
Boquete, the captain of her national side, had played with Swedish club Tyresö FF for the past two years but left the team after it announced it would not finish the 2014 Damallsvenskan season and released all of its players.
Boquete’s goal came in the 78th minute after she collected a pass from fellow midfielder Amber Brooks near the center circle before turning with the ball and running at the Washington defense. Boquete then beat a Spirit defender with a cut to the right before sliding the ball past goalkeeper Chantel Jones from 16 yards. (Goal #1 – Watch Highlights)
This marks the first time this season and third-time overall that 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.
Boquete is the first outfield player to claim the honor for the Thorns and joins Western New York Flash midfielder Vicky Losada as the second Spain international to earn the accolade this season.
Portland Thorns FC will return to action Saturday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m. ET against the Washington Spirit at Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md.