WISL weekend: Home matches for Arlington, Oly Town, Tacoma as playoffs near

WISL Logo - 600The 8-match Western Indoor Soccer League regular season is almost over. There are two weekends left before the playoffs begin to decide the 2014-15 season champion.

The Tacoma Stars, Bellingham United and Wenatchee Fire have all clinched playoff spots. In the first round the #1 team will host the #4 finisher while the #2 team will host the #3 finisher. If the playoffs started right now that would mean Tacoma hosting Oly Town and Bellingham hosting Wenatchee.

But as noted earlier, we do have two weeks to go. That gives the winless Arlington Aviators a glimmer of hope of catching the Artesians.

WESTERN INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE STANDINGS (Through 1/17/15)

Club Points Wins Losses Ties GF GA Goal + / –
TACOMA STARS  18  6  0  0 53 18 +35
BELLINGHAM UNITED  13  4  1  1 45 34 +11
WENATCHEE FIRE  10  3  3  1 49 58 -9
OLY TOWN ARTESIANS  6  2  5  0 45 62 -17
ARLINGTON AVIATORS  0  0  6  0 21 41 -20

GF= goals for. GA= goals against. 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie. Top four clubs make the playoffs.

Tiebreakers: 1.Total points 2. Head to head results 3. Goal differential 4.Goals against 5. Coin flip

Oly Town will host the Oly Indoor All Stars in a friendly on Saturday night while watching the scoreboard in Arlington.

Oly Town will host the Oly Indoor All Stars in a friendly on Saturday night while watching the scoreboard in Arlington.


OLY TOWN ARTESIANS v. OLYMPIA INDOOR ALL STARS

Saturday January 24, 6 PM, Oly Indoor Soccer

olylogofullThe Artesians are using their late-season bye week to host a community event that will see local indoor soccer players take on the home side. It’s a chance for fun and good will, as well as an opportunity for the Artesians to stay fit before they jump back into WISL play next week at home against Arlington. Right now the Artesians sit on six standing points. The “magic number” that would clinch a spot in the playoffs is seven. Oly Town can clinch a spot as early as this weekend, even without playing. If Bellingham beats Arlington after their drive down I-5, then the Artesians are in. However, if the Aviators pull off the upset then next week’s home finale against Arlington will decide the spot. Notice that the league has posted its tiebreaker rules, which are: 1.Total points 2. Head to head results 3. Goal differential 4.Goals against 5. Coin flip. Oly Town beat Arlington 7-6 earlier in Arlington. Oly’s goal differential is currently -17. Arlington’s is -20.

The Aviators can set up a "play-in" match with Oly Town if they can upset the Hammers on Saturday.

The Aviators can set up a “play-in” match with Oly Town if they can upset the Hammers on Saturday.

arlington-aviators-2014-WISL-cropped-800ARLINGTON AVIATORS v. BELLINGHAM UNITED

Saturday January 24, 7:30 PM, Soccer First Indoor Sports

hammersArlington is winless after six matches but they cling to life in the playoff race. If they get their first win of the year against the Hammers, then next week’s match at Oly Town would be like its own “play in” contest. Certainly the Aviators are due for a break. Meanwhile BUFC wants to keep the pressure on the Tacoma Stars for the top spot in the WISL. Currently at 4-1-1 with 13 points, the Hammers are hoping their final regular season match next week at the Bellingham Sportsplex against the Stars has more than pride at stake. If the Wenatchee Fire can upset the Stars, and the Hammers take care of business in Arlington, then next week would be for first place. When Arlington and BUFC met earlier this season it was a close affair that was 3-3 in the fourth quarter before the Hammers won it 8-4.

The Stars are stetched over two leagues right now.

The Stars are stetched over two leagues right now.

tacoma_stars_800TACOMA STARS v. WENATCHEE FIRE

January 24, 7:30 PM, Tacoma Soccer Center

FireLogo-largeThe Tacoma Stars know that if the beat the Fire then they clinch first place and would host all of their playoff matches. The Fire wouldn’t mind catching or going ahead of the Hammers to grab home field edge back from BUFC in the first round, should the two meet. It was 12-6 Stars over the Fire when they met in Wenatchee, but since then the Fire have two wild 9-8 wins under their belts. Tacoma is dealing with the challenge of playing in two leagues, and the Stars seem to have a large enough roster to compete in both the WISL and the pro MASL. Last week Tacoma lost 8-3 at the Kent ShoWare to the San Diego Sockers but then rebounded in WISL play the next night with a 5-1 win at Arlington. The order is reversed this time around. Tacoma plays the Las Vegas Legends on Sunday June 25 at 4 PM at the ShoWare Center.

 

 

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