The Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) enters its third full week of play on Saturday December 12 with three matches, including the return of the Snohomish Skyhawks to their home ‘nest’ at the Snohomish Soccer Dome. A slate of seven clubs means that most weeks one side sits out while the other six play. The Skyhawks opened their season on November 21. With Thaksgiving and a bye week the Snohomish club is just getting to WISL match #2. See all of the previews below!
|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|
Top 4 clubs make the playoffs.
Oly Town Artesians at Snohomish Skyhawks – Saturday December 12, 7 PM – Snohomish Soccer Dome – Tickets: $5 adults, $3 kids & military
The Skyhawks (0-1-0) have been smarting since their 12-3 loss at the Olympic Force back on November 21. Since then the team has trained and even played an outdoor friendly to bond and stay in shape. Now Snohomish returns to WISL play with their home opener, the 10th opener in the club’s history going back to their days in the PASL.
The Oly Town Artesians (1-1-0) are coming off of a 4-3 win at Vancouver Victory. They like how their defense is coming together as goalkeeper Evan Munn (Defensive POTW last week) quickly picks up in the indoor game. They will be hoping that Willie Spurr jumps back onto the scoreboard. He got 4 goals in the Oly Town opener, but then was blanked down in Vancouver last week.
The Skyhawks might rightly be considered “Eastern Washington’s Team” in the WISL. Especially with the addition of Adrian Espinoza (Wenatchee Fire, Wenatchee FC of the EPLWA) and Hector Valdovinos (Yakima United of the EPLWA) now on the roster. The Skyhawks have the challenge of trying to gel as a club under the coaching system of Tao Shen, while at the same time fitting the boys from the east into the program.
Tacoma Stars Reserves at Vancouver Victory, Saturday December 12, 7 PM – Clark County Indoor Sports – Tickets: $8 Adults, $5 kids 15-under.
The defending WISL Champion Tacoma Stars Reserves (1-1-0) head down to the border to take on Vancouver Victory FC (0-2-0) as both sides look to improve their early season outlooks. It will be a tough task for the Victory to get their first-ever WISL win. Last week the Stars Reserves rallied to beat Bellingham United 7-5.
One person Vancouver has been able to count on so far is Jared Brace. He has three goals in two matches for the Victory. The club also improved its defense last week. They gave up 9 in their first match, 4 a week ago.
The Stars Reserves have faced two tough clubs so far in Sporting Everett ad Bellingham United. They split the matches, all decided at the very end. Nate Ford went off last go-round against the Hammers, scoring 3 and assisting on 2 other goals.
Bellingham United at Sporting Everett FC – Saturday December 12, 7:30 PM – Everett Soccer Arena – Tickets: $5 Kids under 5 -free
Last week Bellingham United (1-1-0) entered the den of the Tacoma Stars Reserves and engaged in a battle that went right to the final buzzer. The 7-5 loss fails to show that the Hammers led most of the way, including 4-2 in the 3rd quarter. Now BUFC tests the turf in Everett, where Sporting (2-1-0) is hosting their 4th straight home match.
Lupe Rodriguez is second in the WISL with 5 goals for Sporting. Mark Conrad is in the top 5 with his 4 goals. Last week Everett got the goals but gave up them up as well, losing 8-7 to first-place Olympic Force. Sporting will look to bring their excellent power-play defense into the even strength portions of the match so they can close down Bellingham.
The Hammers have firepower from Nick Cashmere, Oscar Jimenez and a group of other scorers. So far teamwork is the name of the game up north. Bellingham has scored 14 goals via 10 different players. The Hammers are giving up an average of 6 goals per match while scoring 7.
Top Goal Scorers through 12-5-15
|Gustavo Bermudez||Olympic Force||8|
|Lupe Rodriguez||Sporting Everett||5|
|Nate Ford||Tacoma Stars Reserves||5|
|Willie Spurr||Oly Town Artesians||4|
|Mark Conrad||Sporting Everett||4|
|Kyle Danielson||Tacoma Stars Reserves||3|
|Jared Brace||Vancouver Victory||3|
|Corey Hendrickson||Sporting Everett||3|
|Kyle Johnson||Olympic Force||3|