NY Pancyprian outside midfielder Adam Himeno won the first division’s fifth player of the week, scoring a goal and providing an assist in his side’s 3-0 win over last year’s champions NY Greek Americans on Sunday.
The Atlanta native was proud of winning the accolade but shifted the attention on the team’s performance.
“It’s nice to be nominated but credit goes to the team and our performance against the Greek Americans,” Himeno said. “We put on a solid performance to get the victory.”
NY Greek Americans player Nino Alfonso preventing Week 5 Player of the Week Adam Himeno from shooting. Picture by Dinos Avlonitis
NY Greeks blanked the Freedoms 2-0 in last season’s final. The 30-year-old midfielder was pleased of the avenging win over the CSL champions.
“I did not play in the final but it’s always a good feeling beating our rivals especially after losing in the final last season,” Himeno said.
The midfielder assisted NY Pancyprian’s second goal as he found an unmarked Ryan Scheiderman in the box with a pinpoint pass. Scheiderman slotted Himeno’s pass to the lower right side of the Greeks’ keeper.
And for his goal, the American shot Daniel Bedoya’s pass to the bottom left corner of the net from about 12 yards out.
“The team did the hard part and I was there to put it away,” he said about his goal. “It’s always nice to score and the third goal put the game out of reach in my eyes so was a relief.”
Himeno netted two goals and provided two assists in the Greek-Cypriot first five games of the season, contributing in 41.6 percent of the team’s goals.
Cedar Stars Academy striker Christopher Katona came second in the nomination, netting a goal and racking one assist as well against NY Athletic Club.
Christopher Katona (Cedar Stars Academy): 1 goal (penalty kick), 1 assist vs NY Athletic Club