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WPIAL Boys Soccer Player of the Week: Rutger Randall (Keystone Oaks)

Photo courtesy Keystone Oaks Boys Soccer Twitter / Rutger Randall Twitter

We are proud to share our first Pittsburgh Soccer Now Player of the Week honoree for the 2020 WPIAL Boys Soccer season along with numerous honorable mentions below.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now‘s WPIAL Boys Player of the Week

(week 1 – Sept. 14-19) 

Rutger Randall

Keystone Oaks – Senior – Forward

Rutger scored seven goals and added an assist in leading Keystone Oaks to a perfect 3-0 start in Class 2A, Section 1.

Last year, Randall was selected as the WPIAL section 1 AA Player of the Year. He has committed to Pitt-Greensburg. 

Keystone Oaks Head Coach Tyler Schultz on Randall: 

“Rutger has been an incredible leader for our team. He has helped to jumpstart our offense this season. He pushes each of his teammates to be better every practice and every game. Rutger is one of the core pieces in a great Keystone Oaks team.”

Honorable Mentions for Week 1:

Nate Lazzara (Fox Chapel, Senior) Fox Chapel’s go-to scorer tallied 4 goals and an assist including a hat trick vs Shaler on 9/14. The Foxes started off the week with 2-1 record in Class 4A, Section 1.

Luke Kolankowski (Plum, Junior) With 3 goals and 4 assists, Kolankowski also had a game winner in 2 games leading Plum to a 2-0 record to start the season in Class 3A, Section 4.

Mike Sullivan (Deer Lakes, Senior) – the senior midfielder had 3 goals and an assist in leading the charge for Deer Lakes as they start off the season 2-0 in Class 2A, Section 2.

Chad Eldridge (South Fayette, Senior) – Chad scored the game tying goal vs Montour and had a goal and assist vs Blackhawk to lead the Lions to a 2-0-1 vs top ranked opponents (BH, Moon, Montour).

Daniel Sassack (Belle Vernon, Junior) – the junior attacking center midfielder netted 3 goals and 2 assists last week including a game-winning goal and a game-winning assist as Belle Vernon surged to the top of Class 3A, Section 3 with a perfect 4-0 record, winning four games in six days!

T.J. Braun (Trinity Christian, Freshman) TJ had 4 goals and 5 assists in two games last week. Two of those goals came with his team trailing 1-0 with less than ten minutes to play to secure a 2-1 win at St. Joseph’s.

Tyler Wellman (Steel Valley, Junior) Tyler had 6 goals and 4 assists to lead the Ironmen to a successful opening week in a very competitive Class 2A, Section 1.  One of those assists led to the the golden goal in Steel Valley’s OT win vs Avonworth. Also drew a penalty in the box.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now’s Player of the Week nominations are accepted from WPIAL coaches every week no later than each Monday evening.
Please contact us by email or DM us on Facebook or Twitter if you are a WPIAL soccer coach and would like us to send you a nomination form.  

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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