It’s a good sign for the brand new Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) that its clubs are doing well against local teams from other leagues. It all began with a bang on October 25 when the Tacoma Stars beat the professional Seattle Impact FC of the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) 7-4 in Tacoma. The good results continued on Saturday November 8 as Bellingham United beat the Snohomish Skyhawks of the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL) 8-5 and the Arlington Aviators topped Seattle Sporting of the PASL 7-4. As WISL clubs look ahead to the regular season kick off on November 15 they carry with them a 3-0-0 record against all other leagues in full time matches.
The Aviators went down early 1-0, tied the game minutes later off a wall pass by Lucas Dourado to Andrew Escalante for a tap in. Seattle went up 3-1 before Lucas added his first for the night to make it 3-2. With about 45 seconds left in the 2nd quarter Andrew Escalante cleared a ball from half field over Seattle sporting keeper Jeff Renslo (Former Aviator) into the back of the net to make it 3-3. To start the 3rd period the Aviators came out flying when forward Aaron Burns stole a weak pass back to the keeper and put it in the back on the net to make it 4-3. The Aviators got a power player and Russ Brown scored to make it 5-3. Minutes later forward Aaron Burns was taken out in the box and then converted the PK to make it 6-3. Fabio Panduro scored Arlington’s final goal and Seattle got one back in the fourth quarter.
“The Aviators controlled the ball and stayed organized the full length of the game,” Arlington head coach Dagi Kesim said after the match. “I feel it was beautiful soccer that our opponent wasn’t used to. Having an organized system makes whomever goes in shine the same way. I am proud of my players.”
Arlington was facing a group of former players who now play for Seattle Sporting, including longtime goalkeeper Jeff Renslo. The victory was sweeter for the home side because of this. Arlington is rebuilding their roster and their tactics with a new head coach in a new league.
“I think a lot of people knew about my success in outdoor but didn’t think my possession and compact defense would work in indoor,” said Kesim. “I am thankful to my players that they are helping me with achieving this new chapter in my life. My brothers that believed in me are the reason for (our early) success. All credit to the players. We want to improve our shape even better so that’s our subject for this week.”
Bellingham United-8 Snohomish Skyhawks-5
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