The Major Indoor Soccer League announced on Tuesday that Wichita Wings midfielder, former UMKC standout, and current assistant coach Bryan Perez had been named the league's Player of the Week for the 14th week of the 2011-12 season.
Perez had a five-point night, including the game-winning goal in overtime, as the Wings took a thrilling 19-17 victory against the Rochester Lancers on Saturday night at Hartman Arena.
Perez scored the opening goal of the game, in addition to the decisive final score, blasting home from 3-point range from a free kick with just more than five minutes played. In a back-and-forth contest that saw the Wings and Lancers exchange the lead six times, Perez was then on hand to land the decisive blow at 8:46 of the overtime period, sending the near-capacity crowd of 4,439 in Wichita into celebrations.
The victory was a crucial one for the Wings as they try to close the gap on the Missouri Comets in the MISL Central Division for the second and final place in the postseason. The Wings trail the Comets by three games, with two games in hand and seven games remaining in their regular season.
A former UMKC star, he closed out his career as the UMKC school record holder in goals (29), points (70), shots (160) and games played (78). He started all 78 games of his 'Roo career and also became the first three-time first team all-league honoree and the first four-time all-league selection in school history.
The 2009 Summit League Offensive Player of the Year, a First Team all-Summit League selection, and NSCAA/Performance Subaru all-Midwest Region second team honoree as a senior. He led the team and ranked first in The Summit League in goals (11) and points (25), ranked second in shots (54) and tied for fourth in assists (3). The 11 goals and 25 points were tied for the third most in a single season in school history.