Hammers, Force, Stars Reserves get wins as playoff race comes into focus

WISL Logo_150The top three teams in the WISL all got wins on Saturday night January 30th. In the case of the Tacoma Stars Reserves, the win boosted them over Sporting Everett and into third place in the table. The Olympic Force and Bellingham United have clinched playoff spots as well as top-2 finishes and home field for the playoff semifinals on February 20th. Now they will battle to see who can finish first and secure home pitch through tp the WISL Final on February 27th. The Hammers hold the edge over Olympic in tie breakers thanks to their 9-4 win over the Force earlier in the season. BUFC also has a superior goal differential. If the two are tied at the end of the season then Bellingham finishes first.

The two other playoff spots have three contenders. Tacoma, Sporting Everett and Snohomish. The SJyhawks are on the outside looking in right now with 9 points, but they have two matches in hand on Tacoma and one on Sporting Everett.

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The Hammers will be at home February 20th in the WISL semifinals.

Through January 30, 2016

Club Points Wins Losses Ties GF GA Goal + / –
OLYMPIC FORCE 24 8 1 0 76 48 +28
BELLINGHAM UNITED  21 7 1 0 77 38 +39
TACOMA STARS RESERVES 13 4 3 1 49 43 +6
SPORTING EVERETT 12 4 4 0 53 60 -7
SNOHOMISH SKYHAWKS 9 3 4 0 32 47 -15
OLY TOWN FC 4 1 6 1 38 59 -21
VANCOUVER VICTORY 0 0 8 0 33 63 -30

Top 4 clubs make the playoffs.

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Force at Victory.

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Force fans in Vancouver.

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VANCOUVER, WA— The Force (8-1-0, 24 points) bolted out to a big half time lead before holding off the Victory (0-8-0, 0 points) on January 30 before 122 fans at Clark County Indoor Sports. Gus Bermudez leads the WISL in scoring with 18 goals after he scored 4 more in this match. It was 8-1 Olympic in the third quarter when Vancouver scored 4 straight goals to pull within 8-5. Matt Paine scored a hat trick during Vancouver’s rally. BJ Romac added a brace for the home side.

Goal Scoring: Olympic Force-Gus Bermudez (4), Enrique Hidalgo (2), Diego Aceves (2), Kyle Johnson, Cisco Cisneros, Victor Kelmel. Vancouver Victory-Matt Paine (3), BJ Romac (2), Ryan Morrisey, Mike Chamberlain.

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Gus Bermudez named “Modelo Man of the Match” by the Force.

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402 fans watched the Hammers score in double-digits again.

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BELLINGHAM, WA— (club report) A standout performance from Brendan Quilici helped propel Bellingham United to a 10-4 win over the Snohomish Skyhawks before 402 fans at the Bellingham Sportsplex on Saturday night. The player-captain bagged four goals and two assists, Oscar Jimenez secured a brace with a pair of goals, and four more Hammers notched tallies in the win.

United began the match on the front foot, and found themselves up 2-0 after ten minutes, courtesy of goals from Quilici and Kellan Brown. Snohomish was able to get a goal back through Adrian Espinoza, but a second-half onslaught from the Hammers resulted in a 5-1 halftime lead.

The second half was significantly more physical than the first, and tight defenses at both ends kept the margin at four heading into the fourth quarter. Both teams traded a pair of goals, before goals from man-of-the-match Quilici and Connor Moe, sealing the deal for the Hammers.

After the match, Quilici praised his team’s effort and looked forward to the final two weeks of the regular season.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to host a semi-final game, and have a chance to control our own destiny,” he said.

Despite the win, United still remains three points behind league-leaders Olympic Force but they crucially have a game in hand. Next week, they will contest the return fixture against the Skyhawks in Snohomish, before returning home for a marquee match-up with the Tacoma Stars Reserves on Saturday February 13th at 7:30pm, which will likely have significant playoff implications.

Goal Scoring: Bellingham United- Brendan Quilici (4), Oscar Jimenez (2), Kellan Brown, Richard Henderson, Kenny Parker, Conner Moe. Snohomish Skyhawks- Adrian Espinoza (2), Jonathan Ellis, Alex Bockel.

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Oh say can you ROCK.

Tacoma Stars Reserves-8 Sporting Everett-7

TACOMA, WA— In a tight battle for third place in the table the Tacoma Stars Reserves held on to edge Sporting Everett 8-7 at the Tacoma Soccer Center. The Stars thus jump over Sporting on standings points 13-12 at take over third place. Both clubs have played 8 of their 10 regular season matches. The Snohomish Skyhawks lurk behid them with 9 points and a match in hand.

Tyler John powered the Stars with a hat trick. He got Tacoma going early on at 1-0 before Sporting replied with 2 to take the lead back. Nate Ford responded with 2 more for Tacoma as they eventually led 5-3 at the half.

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Sporting Everett at Tacoma Stars Reserves.

In the second half Tyler John got rolling and his second and third goals of the night gave the Stars a 7-3 lead. However the visitors were not done fighting. Danny Graham, Eli Gordley and Jordan Correa notched goals at suddenly it was 7-6 in the 4th quarter. Correa later added another at the match was all even at 7-7. The Stars got the win when Byron Conforti scored to make it 8-7.

Goal Scoring: Tacoma Stars Reserves-Tyler John (3), Nate Ford (2), Eddie Na, Jonah Phillips, Byron Conforti. Sporting Everett-Jordan Correa (2), Eli Gordley (2), Danny Graham, Lupe Rodriguez, Eli Seye.

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A Satellite in the rafters at the Tacoma Soccer Center.

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