MIAMI, Fla. (July 2, 2012) – The NASL has named Fort Lauderdale Strikers attacker Mark Anderson Offensive Player of the Week. Anderson scored both goals in the Strikers’ 2-1 victory against the Carolina RailHawks at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday, June 30th.
“Mark’s a special player, he’s not only good at scoring goals, he also sets up his teammates,” said Strikers head coach Daryl Shore. “Mark gets what he deserves because he works so hard for it.”
Anderson has scored nine goals in all competitions for the Strikers since the start of May. He has scored in eight of 10 games since his first goal on May 2nd against Carolina. Saturday was his first multi-goal game of the season. Anderson’s streak also features goals in both U.S. Open Cup games, including a 55 yard blast against the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer.
This is the third Offensive Player of the Week award for a Striker this season. Strikers’ forward Andy Herron has twice been named Offensive Player of the Week this season.
Anderson is playing his first season as a professional after playing at Barry University between 2008 and 2010. In three seasons he scored a total of 38 goals and 28 assists in 53 appearances. Anderson was named 2011 Daktronics DII National Soccer Player of the Year and 2011 Capital One Academic All-America of the Year for DII men's soccer.