The Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) kicked off its second season in three Washington cities last night with home sides winning all the standings points and a total of 40 goals lighting up the scoreboards. In Bellingham the Hammers beat Vancouver Victory 9-5. In Bremerton the Olympic Force beat the Snohomish Skyhawks 12-3. In Everett Sporting Everett FC knocked of the defending WISL Champion Tacoma Stars Reserves 6-5.
Olympic Force-12 Snohomish Skyhawks-3
Match Photos: Gallery by Michael Landon
BREMERTON, WA — The Olympic Force jumped out to a 6-0 halftime lead and coasted past the visiting Snohomish Skyhawks 12-3 before 346 fans at the Olympic Sports Center on Saturday night. Force team captain Kyle Johnson scored a goal and dished out five assists. Olympic got an explosive performance from Gustavo Bermudez, who scored four goals and also assisted on another. The Skyhawks played the final seven-plus minutes of the match using their player-coach John Troka as a sixth attacker. The Force outshot Snohomish 30-17. David Meherg played in goal for Olympic in the first half, not allowing a goal. Snohomish goalkeeper David Vitale made some spectacular saves to keep the Force from gaining an even bigger advantage. Pat Perkins had 2 assists for the home side. Before the match the Force raised a banner for winning the PASL NW Division in 2014-15.
Goal Scoring: Olympic Force – Gustavo Bermudez (4), Kevin Flavin (2), Pat Perkins (2), Nico de la Cruz, Francisco Cisneros, Kyle Johnson, Alhassan Awudu. Snohomish Skyhawks- Hector Valdovinos, John Troka, Mason Bochnor.
Bellingham United-9 Vancouver Victory-5
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BELLINGHAM, WA— The Hammers welcomed the Victory into the WISL in Vancouver’s first indoor season at the Bellingham Sportsplex, then scored 9 goals to take the win before 250 fans. Vancouver got the better start, leading after one period 1-0 thanks to a historic first WISL goal from Jerson Mejia. The Hammers awoke for three goals in the second quarter to grab the momentum. Kenny Parker, Nick Cashmere and Dan Anderson notched tallies in the period for BUFC. A brace from Oscar Jimenez and goals from Connor Moe and Jonathan James increased Bellingham United’s tally to seven, but Vancouver Victory grabbed three of their own in a hectic third quarter. It was 7-4 Hammers going into the last quarter. After a quick Vancouver strike from Cody Guthrie, Bellingham United got goals from Richard Henderson and Chris Jepson to make the final score 9-5.
Goal Scoring: Bellingham – Oscar Jimenez (2), Kenny Parker, Nick Cashmere, Dan Anderson,Connor Moe, Jonathan James, Richard Henderson, Chris Jepson. Vancouver – Jared Brace (2), Jerson Mejia, Cody Guthrie, Bryanth Garcia.
Sporting Everett FC-6 Tacoma Stars Reserves-5
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SportingEverettFC.com: Sporting tops Tacoma in WISL debut
EVERETT, WA—Sporting Everett FC made their WISL debut a memorable one as they pulled away from the defending WISL Champion Tacoma Stars Reserves and then held on in the crazy final minutes for a 6-5 win before 120 fans at the Everett Soccer Arena.
Lupe Rodriguez netted a hat trick for Everett. Sporting led the match 6-3 before the Stars Reserves made a comeback to pull to within 6-5 with under a minute to go. Tacoma was led by the brace of Nate Ford.
This was the first-ever league loss for Tacoma, who went unbeaten in WISL play in 2014-15 during the regular season and all the way to winning the title.
Goal Scoring: Everett- Lupe Rodriguez (3), Carlos Betancourt, Mark Conrad, Mike Sitzman. Tacoma- Nate Ford (2), Vince McCluskey, Steve Mohn, JC Henson.