FC Kansas City midfielder Erika Tymrak is The Equalizer’s National Women’s Soccer League Player of the Week for Week 15, as voted on by the editors of the site.
Tymrak scored a late goal on a piece of individual brilliance and assisted on Lauren Holiday’s stunning game-winning goal in FC Kansas City’s 2-0 win over Seattle Reign FC on Saturday. The win temporarily put the Blues in second place and although they are back in third after Portland’s win on Sunday, a victory over the Boston Breakers on Wednesday will vault Kansas City into first in the NWSL.
Tymrak, selected 11th overall in the second round of the 2013 NWSL College Draft, is now second on the team in goals scored (6) behind Holiday, who co-leads the league with 10 goals. Tymrak’s six goals lead all rookies (first year removed from college).
“She was one of our very high-ranked players before the draft,” FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski said on Monday. “But when we drafted her we did not expect as much impact from her as she has on our team and on the games that we’ve played. We did think that she was going to be coming (on) from the bench, maybe, or starting a few games and having a kind of supportive role. But every game she was just getting better and better and now I don’t think we can even imagine our team without her.”
Tymrak finished her NCAA career as a Florida Gator with 32 goals and 40 assists for 104 pts.
WATCH her goal from Saturday at the 2:09 mark in the highlights (Tymrak is part of plenty of other plays in the highlights, too):
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