The Hammers got nice support on Saturday in Bellingham.

Bellingham United-9 Olympic Force-4

BELLINGHAM, WA— (Hammers match report) In a game that featured the WISL’s top team, Olympic Force, Bellingham United looked to prove that they could play, and beat the best the league had to offer- they did not disappoint. In front of a home crowd of 250 spectators, the squad came out victorious 9-4.

Club Points Wins Losses Ties GF GA Goal + / –
OLYMPIC FORCE 12 4 1 0 40 28 +12
BELLINGHAM UNITED  9 3 1 0 34 18 +16
SPORTING EVERETT 9 3 3 0 39 46 -7
TACOMA STARS RESERVES 7 2 2 1 28 23 +5
SNOHOMISH SKYHAWKS 6 2 2 0 18 24 -6
OLY TOWN FC 4 1 3 1 24 31 -7
VANCOUVER VICTORY 3 1 4 0 22 35 -13

It wasn’t as easy as the score line showed, however. After a somewhat sluggish start, resulting in a 0-1 deficit, BUFC came alive with goals by Kurtis Peterson and Richard Henderson. After being issued a blue card and having to play a man down, Behr Ibarra scored arguably the best goal of the game, eerily similar to a goal he scored two weeks ago against Everett. Stealing the ball from the attacker he sailed a ball nearly ¾ the length of the field over the head of the opposing Olympic goal keeper. Playing a man down, the three-line rule doesn’t apply, and Ibarra caught the goalkeeper a bit too far off his line and he wasn’t able to recover in time.

Being down 0-1 at the start of the game wasn’t the worst thing that could have happened in the world according to first year coach Brendan Quilici, and you could tell the teams’ maturity to not get panicked early. “At the beginning of the game we wanted to feel the other team out. Once we got scored on we did a better job of keeping possession and then scored a couple of goals gaining the momentum,” Quilici said.

VIDEO: Bellingham’s 7th goal

BUFC would go into halftime with a 6-1 lead, with goals scored by Peterson with two, Brendan Quilici with two, and Henderson and Ibarra with one each, respectively. Peterson, a former WWU standout, humbly credited his teammates with his two goals. “I was the one that scored but really my teammates were the ones who set me up,” Peterson said. Setting teammates up for goals was a common theme for BUFC this evening, with assists being credited seven times tonight out of the nine goals. There were some fantastic goals tonight, but the seventh goal of the game showed how much time the team has spent practicing as they nearly flawlessly executed a free kick play. Chris Jepson, another former WWU standout, was the final piece of the puzzle on the play, as he showed composure in front of the goal only displayed by a player of his caliber.

The final score was 9-4, but BUFC lead comfortably for the majority of the game. The Force scored two of their four goals in the final five minutes of the game. Overall, it was a great start to 2016 for a team that appears to be clicking on all cylinders.

Goal Scorers: Bellingham United- Brendan Quilici (3), Kurtis Pederson (2), Chris Jepson (2), Behr Ibarra, Richard Henderson. Olympic Force- Pat Perkins (2), Gustavo Bermudez, Roland Demombynes.

Hot match, cold conditions in Olympia.

Sporting Everett-10 Oly Town-8

OLYMPIA, WA –– (Artesians match report) The Oly Town Artesians erased an 8-2 deficit in the third quarter and got to within a goal in the fourth quarter but couldn’t close the deal and fell 10-8 to Sporting Everett FC on a frigid Saturday night at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College. After scoring just one goal in the first half, the Artesians exploded for seven second half goals and the two teams combined to score 12 goals in the final 30 minutes of play warming up the crowd in what was the coldest game in WISL history. Temperature in the semi-indoor Pavilion was 38 degrees at first kick.

Photo Gallery: Everett at Oly Town

Sporting Everett got on the board first with a goal from Carlos Betancourt and Jordan Correa added another at the 5:07 mark. The Artesians cut into the two goal lead when Greg Wolfe slammed home a ball in front of the goal. But it was the last goal the Artesians would score in the first half. Mark Conrad scored on a direct free kick a minute and a half into the second quarter and Brayton Knapp and Mitch Reinhart each added a goal and the half ended with Everett solidly in the lead 5-1.

What cold? Another nice turn-out for the Artesians.

Everett increased their lead to 6-1 early in the third on a goal by Corey Hendrickson. Then the Artesians finally got back on the board when Justin La Torre touched in a shot from Nate Boatright at the 10:40 mark. But goalkeeper Jeff Renslo scored on long ball that skipped it’s way untouched through traffic and Hendrickson hit for his second goal of the game to give Everett an 8-2 lead all that last all the way until the buzzer of the third quarter.

It all turned around with no time left in the third when Brady Espinoza scored just a moment before the buzzer sounded starting a five goal run for the Artesians. Jake Sanford hit with 12:40 left, Everett scored an own goal three minutes later, Espinoza scored his second goal of the game with 8:04 left and Boatright drilled a shot that drew the Artesians to within a goal at 8-7 with 3:10 left.

But just 19 seconds later, Everett was awarded a penalty kick on a tackle in the box and Jordan Correa beat goalkeeper Artesians Evan Munn to give them a 9-7 lead. Andrew Escalante finished the scoring for Everett for a three goal lead with 1:25 left. Marco Monzon scored with 49 seconds left for the Artesians but it was too little too late and the Oly dropped to 1-3-1 this season with the 10-8 decision.

The Artesians return to action next Saturday night when they play host to Bellingham United. First kick at The Pavilion is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

Goal Scorers: Oly Town- Brady Espinoza (2), Greg Wolfe, Jake Sanford, Justin La Torre, Nate Boatright, Marco Monzon, Everett Own Goal. Sporting Everett FC- Jordan Correa (2), Corey Hendrickson (2), Carlos Betancourt, Mark Conrad, Brayton Knapp, Mitch Rinehart, Jeff Renslo, Andrew Escalante.

Sporting FC got a big away win at Oly Town.

Vancouver Victory-5 Snohomish Skyhawks-2 
(1-0 forfeit win awarded to Snohomish as Vancouver used an ineligible player.)

SNOHOMISH, WA— (V2FC match report) Vancouver Victory FC got two solid performances in goal from their ‘keepers and two braces (2 goals) from field performers to record their historic first win in the Western Indoor Soccer League on January 2 at the Snohomish Soccer Dome in a 5-2 win over the Snohomish Skyhawks.

The Victory battled through 4 blue cards that gave the homestanding Skyhawks power play opportunities. Arne Niermann held Snohomish to one goal in the first half before suffering a hand injury. This meant the WISL debut of teenage goalkeeper Zach Morris, who played well the rest of the way, surrendering just one goal as well.

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Line-up: Vancouver wins first-ever WISL match.

The Victory got all the goals they would need on braces from Zak Naylor and Jerson Mejia. Samir Vejo scored the other V2FC goal.

“The boys came ready to play tonight,” said Vejo. “We played excellent defense and controlled long stretches of the match. We were a little shorthanded and were even more so after we lost Jared and Arne to injuries.  But Zach Morris came in and stepped up big and helped us get our first win in WISL play.”

VIDEO: Zach Morris’ first save in WISL

The Victory lost their leading scorer Jared Brace to an unfortunate injury that required a trip to the hospital. Brace had an assist in the first half but a tackle-from-behind foul sent him to the hospital where it was revealed that he has a broken leg. It was a clean break of his fibula. Team owner Barrett Goddard accompanied Jared to the ER.

Orange blur: Zach Morris comes in for the Victory.

“I’m proud of the guys tonight,” Goddard said. “It’s always tough on the road but we played very well in the first half. I took Jared to the hospital but I’m told we played even better in the second half.  We’ve played well our last two matches and just didn’t have the breaks go our way but tonight we have three points.”

The Victory have two weeks off before they play at the Tacoma Stars Reserves on January 16. The next home match comes when V2FC host Bellingham on Saturday, January 23 at 7 PM at Clark County Indoor Sports.

Goal Scorers: Snohomish Skyhawks- John Troka, Josh Peters. Vancouver Victory FC – Jerson Mejia (2), Zak Naylor (2), Samir Vejo.


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