The Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) is back to a full slate of matches this week as Vancouver Victory, Tacoma Stars Reserves and Sporting Everett FC host home matches on Saturday night December 5.
Last week’s lone contest was a 9-5 Sporting Everett win over Oly Town. Going in to the weekend the WISL table looks like this:
|Club||Points||Wins||Losses||Ties||GF||GA||Goal + / –|
|SPORTING EVERETT FC||6||2||0||0||15||10||+5|
|TACOMA STARS RESERVES||0||0||1||0||5||6||-1|
|OLY TOWN FC||0||0||1||0||5||9||-4|
It’s a tight race for the scoring lead in the WISL right now. See who’s putting them in below. It takes two goals to get you into the early-season top ten. Full scoring table here.
|Lupe Rodriguez||Sporting Everett||5|
|Gustavo Bermudez||Olympic Force||4|
|Willie Spurr||Oly Town Artesians||4|
|Mark Conrad||Sporting Everett||4|
|Vince McCluskey||Tacoma Stars Reserves||3|
|Pat Perkins||Olympic Force||2|
|Kevin Flavin||Olympic Force||2|
|Oscar Jimenez||Bellingham United||2|
|Jared Brace||Vancouver Victory||2|
|Carlos Betancourt||Sporting Everett||2|
Oly Town Artesians at Vancouver Victory
The Artesians (0-1) and Victory both suffered 9-5 losses in their opening matches. V2FC fell at Bellingham, Oly Town lost in Everett. Now the sides will work for a breakthrough win with the Artesians hoping for more goals from Willie Spurr (Evergreen State College), who scored 4 last week. Vancouver got 2 from Jared Brace (Concordia University) in their first match.
The defenses will need to sharpen up after surrendering nine goals each last time. Oly Town hopes for more in front of goalkeeper Evan Munn (Tacoma Titans) while Vancouver looks to stockade in front of Arne Niermann (Concordia University.)
The Artesians are coached by Matt Stalnik. Vancouver is led by Glenn Rogers.
Bellingham United at Tacoma Stars Reserves
The Tacoma Stars Reserves (0-1) host Bellingham United (1-0) on Saturday night December 5 at 7:30 PM in the Tacoma Soccer Center. This will be a rematch of the 2014-15 WISL Final won by Tacoma 6-2 in the same building last February. Tickets are $8, $5 for Military. Children under 12 are free.
Bellingham United got spread-out team scoring in their opening win over Vancouver on November 21. The Hammers got 2 from Oscar Jimenez (Tulsa Roughnecks) and one each from 8 other players. The Stars Reserves were led by the hat trick of Vince McCluskey (South Sound FC) in their close 6-5 loss at Sporting Everett.
The Tacoma Stars were reborn last year in the WISL, then took over the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) Seattle Impact mid-season. This time the Stars are fully operating in the MASL and the WISL side is their new reseves squad. Last year the Stars beat the Hammers twice before the Final, 4-3 in Tacoma and 9-7 in Bellingham. This year Tacoma’s WISL roster features discovery players and veterans. Both sides have new head coaches that come out of the playing ranks. Bellingham United is coached by Brendan Quilici and the Stars Reserves are helmed by Joe Jarzynka.
Olympic Force at Sporting Everett FC
It’s a big early-season contest as the Olympic Force (1-0) travel across Puget Sound to play Sporting Everett FC (2-0) at 7:35 PM at the Everett Soccer Arena. Tickets are $5 at the gate. Kids 6 and under are free.
These two sides know each other from the PASL last season. It’s a similar Force squad this year but a new beginning for Sporting, who went by “Seattle Sporting FC” previously and under different ownership. The new Sporting is filled with talent and has scored big wins over the Tacoma Stars Reserves (6-5) and last week Oly Town FC (9-5.)
Three of the current top 5 scorers in the WISL are on these two sides. Lupe Rodriguez already has 5 goals for Sporting. Mark Conrad has 4. The Force are led by the 4 goals of Gustavo Bermudez.
Both sides feature solid defense. Everett has given up 5 goals per match after two games. The Olympic Force shut out the Snohomish Skyhawks in the first half in their opener before giving up 3 in the second of a 12-3 win. David Meherg played the first half in goal for the Force against Snohomish. Marshall Reese played the second. Sporting Everett have used Jeff Renslo (1-0) and Wesley Da Silva (1-0) in goal this year.