EVERETT, WA— The Olympic Force scored a wild 8-7 win over Sporting Everett FC on Saturday night December 5 before around 100 fans at the Everett Soccer Arena. The victory kept Olympic unbeaten and lifted them back into first place in the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL.)
In a match this close there were heroes on both sides of the ball. Sporting’s penalty killing unit managed to stop five Force power plays. Everett also got braces (2 goals each) from Corey Hendrickson, James Postma and Jordan Correa.
The Olympic Force benefitted from a second straight 4-goal match out of Gustavo (Gus) Bermudez. Gus scored 4 in the Olympic opening win over Snohomish and another 4 on the night against Everett. He saved his 4th for the most opportune moment. His last goal gave Olympic an 8-7 win with 20 seconds to go in the match. It was the capper on a 4th-quarter hat trick for Bermudez.
|Club||Points||Wins||Losses||Ties||GF||GA||Goal + / –|
|TACOMA STARS RESERVES||3||1||1||0||12||11||+1|
|OLY TOWN FC||3||1||1||0||9||12||-3|
Sporting led for most of the match, except the very beginning, when Olympic’s Nico de la Cruz surprised the home side with a goal just 20 seconds after kickoff. It was 3-2 Everett after one period and 5-4 home side at the half.
Along the way Olympic kept close with goals from Diego Aceves and Kyle Johnson (2) but couldn’t catch Everett until the waning moments.
Under a minute remained in the match when Force goalkeeper Marshall Reese made a sliding kick save on a Sporting shot that rebounded out towards the center circle. Bermudez connected with the ball and pulled forward for a one-on-one chance against Everett goalkeeper Jeff Renslo. Gus beat him on the floor with a low shot that stunned the home side as the clocked ticked down.
Goal Scoring: Sporting Everett- Corey Hendrickson (2), James Postma (2), Jordan Correa (2), Danny Graham. Olympic Force- Gus Bermudez (4), Kyle Johnson (2), Nico de la Cruz, Diego Aceves.