Playoff Race: Force, Hammers, Stars claim wins

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Tacoma is back in a playoff spot after holding off Vancouver 7-5. (club photo)

WISL Logo_150On Saturday January 16 the playoff race continued in the WISL as three of the four clubs currently in the top four won their matches.

The Tacoma Stars Reserves climbed over the Snohomish Skyhawks into the fourth and final playoff spot. The Stars have three matches left to play. The Skyhawks have four.

Bellingham United continued to keep the pressure on the Olympic Force. The Hammers won again and hold a match in hand and a head-to-head win over the Force.

Olympic kept pace with a wire-to-wire rout in Snohomish. Table and recaps below.

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Oly Town shirts hang in the Bellingham Sportsplex locker room. (Artesians Facebook)

WESTERN INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE STANDINGS  2015-16

(Through January 16, 2016)

Club Points Wins Losses Ties GF GA Goal + / –
OLYMPIC FORCE 18 6 1 0 59 39 +20
BELLINGHAM UNITED  15 5 1 0 56 30 +26
SPORTING EVERETT 12 4 3 0 46 52 -6
TACOMA STARS RESERVES 10 3 3 1 41 36 +5
SNOHOMISH SKYHAWKS 9 3 3 0 28 37 -9
OLY TOWN FC 4 1 5 1 36 53 -17
VANCOUVER VICTORY 0 0 6 0 22 41 -19

Top 4 clubs make the playoffs.

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Miles Nilsen was awarded the Modelo “Man of the Match” by the Olympic Force after their 11-5 victory in Snohomish (club photo.)

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SNOHOMISH, WA— The first-place Olympic Force (6-1-0) led wire to wire in a comprehensive win over the homestanding Skyhawks (3-3-0) on January 16 at the Snohomish Soccer Dome.  Enrique Hidalgo scored twice and dished out 3 assists for the Force. Pat Perkins and Miles Nilsen also had two goals each for Olympic. WISL leading scorer Gus Bermudez added 1 to his total, which has reached 12 for the season. John Troka scored a brace to lead Snohomish.

Goal Scoring: Olympic Force- Enrique Hidalgo (2), Miles Nilsen (2), Pat Perkins (2), Gus Bermudez, Izzy Deluna, Victor Kelmel, Kenny Ibanez, Brian Weathington. Snohomish Skyhawks-  John Troka (2), Hector Valdovinos, Josh Peters, Jonathan Ellis.

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Stars Reserves players sign autographs after their 7-5 win over Vancouver elevated them back into a playoff spot. (club photo)

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TACOMA, WA— The defending WISL Champion Tacoma Stars Reserves (3-3-1) climbed back in to a playoff spot as they held off the Vancouver Victory (0-6-0) 7-5 on Saturday night at the Tacoma Soccer Center.

The Victory took an early lead on a goal by Mike Chamberlain, but then the Stars exploded for 5 first quarter goals, including 2 by Mark Lee and 2 from Joseph Cariel. Vancouver spent the rest of the match playing catch-up, and they nearly did it. Trailing 7-2 the Victory scored 3 goals in the 4th quarter to  make the match interesting.

Goal Scoring: Tacoma Stars Reserves: Mark Lee (2), Joseph Cariel (2), Eddie Na, Nate Ford, Vince McCluskey  Vancouver Victory- Mike Chamberlain, BJ Romac, Zak Naylor, Ben Culpin, Matt Paine.

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Evan Munn (left) and his Artesians had a tough go in Bellingham where the high-flying Hammers scored 11 more goals to win again. (Oly Town Twitter)

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BELLINGHAM, WA—The Hammers (5-1-0) blew out the Artesians (1-5-1) before an appreciative crowd (video) on Saturday night at the Bellingham Sportsplex. The visitors stayed in it for a quarter, holding on at 0-0 after one frame. Then BUFC ignited for 4 goals in the second quarter. It was 6-0 in the third before the Artesians could answer.

Richard Henderson continues his stellar season as he notched another hat trick to bring his season total to 11 goals, second-best in the WISL. Conner Moe, Kurtis Pederson (video) and Nick Cashmere chipped in 2 goals each for the Hammers.

Match Report: Oly Town FC

Goal Scoring- Bellingham United: Richard Henderson (3), Conner Moe, (2), Kurtis Pederson (2), Nick Cashmere (2), Tyler Bjork, Moe Mareneh. Oly Town Artesians: Connor Desmond, Tanner Allison, Adrian Correa, Marco Monzon.

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