Force, Skyhawks notch big wins

WISL Logo - 600The Olympic Force and Snohomish Skyhawks had their scoring boots on Saturday as both sides took WISL wins.

While Oly Town FC was opening The Evergreen Pavilion with a 5-5 draw against the Tacoma Stars Reserves, The Force were beating Vancouver Victory 12-6 and the Skyhawks were upending county rivals Sporting Everett FC 9-5.

Club Points Wins Losses Ties GF GA Goal + / –
OLYMPIC FORCE 12 4 0 0 36 19 +17
TACOMA STARS RESERVES 7 2 2 1 28 23 +5
BELLINGHAM UNITED  6 2 1 0 25 14 +11
SNOHOMISH SKYHAWKS 6 2 1 0 16 19 -3
SPORTING EVERETT 6 2 3 0 29 38 -9
OLY TOWN FC 4 1 2 1 16 21 -5
VANCOUVER VICTORY 0 0 4 0 17 33 -16
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Enrique Hidalgo had a great night for the Force. Here he celebrates one of his goals with fans. (Michael Landon)

BREMERTON, WA— Enrique Hidalgo scored three goals and dished out three assists and the Olympic Force (4-0-0) topped the Vancouver Victory (0-4-0) 12-6 before around 300 fans at the Olympic Sports Center.

Clusters of goals happened for both sides. Hidalgo got the Force moving with a nifty backheel goal (video).The vistors were down 2-0 but got one back in the second quarter. Then the Force scored twice near the end of the first half to take a 4-1 lead.

Right away in the second half the Force scored again, and it appeared that the match might be out of reach for the visitors. However, V2FC made it 5-2 and then scored back-to-back powerplay goals to shock the Force. It was 5-4 and game on.

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Kyle Johnson scored two goals for the Force. (Michael Landon)

Olympic regrouped and improved their possession game to break away again. While the Victory did manage to get to 9-6 (video of goal), in the end another cluster of home side scores made the 12-6 final look like a larger margin than the actual run of the match warranted. See many of the Olympic goals on a highlight reel here. See Vancouver’s game effort on a highlight reel here. Hear from V2FC head coach Corey Ellis and player Jerson Mejia here.

Goal Scoring: Olympic Force- Enrique Hidalgo (3), Kyle Johnson (2), Simba Samoza (2), Izzy Deluna, Diego Aceves, Kevin Flavin, Matt Olson, Victor Kelmel. Vancouver Victory- Preston Hale (2), Jesse De Leon (2), Jerson Mejia, Force Own Goal.

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Jerson Mejia (left) celebrates his goal for Vancouver. (Michael Landon)

EVERETT, WA— The Snohomish Skyhawks (2-1-0) and Sporting Everett FC (2-3-0) share the same county (Snohomish) and most all of the players know each other and some are even neighbors. The first derby between the two in the WISL went to the visiting Skyhawks 9-5 on Saturday night at the Everett Soccer Arena. The result has the neighbors going in opposite directions. Snohomish has now won two straight while Sporting has dropped three in a row.

Hector Valdovinos scored four of the nine Snohomish goals. It was a back and forth affair until Hector’s late push. He scored three of his four goals in a span in the fourth quarter.

“Tonight we kept our heads and organization and fought through some difficult situations posed by a quality opponent. Proud as a coach that our players responded to the challenge in such a positive way. We want to keep this effort to build into January,” said coach Tao Shen after the game.

Goal Scoring: Sporting Everett- Andrew Escalante (2), Jordan Correa, Lupe Rodriguez, Mark Conrad. Snohomish Skyhawks- Hector Valdovinos (4), Josh Peters, John Troka, Dino Michaelides, Adrian Espinoza, Aaron Burns.

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Hector Valdovinos helped Snohomish pull away from Sporting Everett. (Skyhawks photo)

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