Force win bridge war at Tacoma

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TACOMA, WA— The Olympic Force have won back-to-back thrillers on the road to stake themselves to a 3-0-0 record and first place in the Western Indoor Soccer League. The latest triumph came on Friday night in a 4-3 scoreline over the Tacoma Stars Reserves (2-2-0) at the Tacoma Soccer Center.

In their previous match the Force edged Sporting Everett 8-7 with a goal scored with just over 20 seconds left. This time the winner came with just over 2 minutes left as Francisco Cisneros put Olympic ahead 4-3 and they held on against Tacoma’s 6th attacker formation.

stars-reserveslogo-2The Stars Reserves scored early on when Nate Ford found Vince McCluskey for his 3rd goal of the season. It was 1-0 after the first quarter but Olympic’s Izzy Deluna leveled the match in the second quarter. The low-scoring battle was 1-1 at the half.

Club Points Wins Losses Ties GF GA Goal + / –
OLYMPIC FORCE 9 3 0 0 24 13 +11
BELLINGHAM UNITED  6 2 1 0 25 14 +11
TACOMA STARS RESERVES 6 2 2 0 23 18 +5
SPORTING EVERETT 6 2 2 0 24 29 -5
OLY TOWN FC 3 1 2 0 11 16 -5
SNOHOMISH SKYHAWKS 3 1 1 0 7 14 -7
VANCOUVER VICTORY 0 0 3 0 11 21 -10

Tacoma led twice in the second half, but not when the final whistle blew. Vitalie Bulala put the home side up 2-1 in the 3rd quarter on an assist from Kyle Danielson while Tacoma was on a power play. The tight affair saw the Force come right back mere seconds later to even it at 2-2 when Enrique Hidalgo scored on an assist from Kyle Johnson. Tacoma retook the lead 3-2 going into the fourth quarter after Danielson assisted on a goal by Alex Vogt.

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OSC - Sheild - Force (PNG) - 600The fourth quarter belonged to the Force, who mounted several chances as the Stars Reserves defense clung just one foul away from a power play situation. Finally the Reserves defense was breached when a rushed play saw Tacoma surrender an own goal with 9:45 left to tie the match 3-3.

The Force had flung over 40 shots at the Stars by the time Cisneros scored the winner. His goal at 2:08 remaining gave the visitors the win, but not before they defended a final try by Tacoma, who pulled their goalkeeper in favor of a 6th attacker.

Both clubs play again on Saturday night. Tacoma is at Oly Town at 6 PM while the Force host Vancouver at 7:30 PM.

Goal Scoring – Olympic Force: Izzy Deluna, Enrique Hidalgo, Own Goal, Francisco Cisneros. Tacoma Stars Reserves: Vince McCluskey, Vitalie Bulala, Alex Vogt.

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The Force named goalkeeper Marshall Reese their Cerveza Modelo Man of the Match. (Force photo)

 

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