Saturday February 6 saw three matches played in the Western Indoor Soccer League. Two of the winning sides scored 13 goals. The top two clubs kept winning while a battle at the base of the table included a record scoring outburst.
Next Saturday sees the final day of the regular season before the semifinals are played on February 20th. Bellingham and Olympic will host those matches, but we don’t know yet whom they will play. Tacoma, Everett and Snohomish are still alive to claim the 3rd and 4th spots.
|Club||Points||Wins||Losses||Ties||GF||GA||Goal + / –|
|TACOMA STARS RESERVES||13||4||3||1||49||43||+6|
|OLY TOWN FC||4||1||7||1||44||72||-28|
Vancouver Victory-13 Oly Town Artesians-6
OLYMPIA, WA—The Vancouver Victory (1-8-0) got a record performance from Jesse De Leon who scored six goals as V2FC notched a win in Olympia. Vancouver’s Ben Culpan scored a hat trick to help the visitor’s cause. Tanner Allison scored a hat trick for the Artesians (1-7-1.)
Vancouver led 5-1 at halftime and 9-2 after three quarters to cruise to the win. De Leon, from Beaverton, Oregon (Westview High School), has been with Vancouver since they debuted in outdoor play in the Evergreen Premier League in 2014. He played for Clark College in 2012 and 2013. He scored V2FC’s first 3 goals of the match, including a second quarter penalty kick conversion. He then scored two more in the third quarter and also the 13th and final Vancouver goal in the fourth quarter to finish off his outburst.
Goal Scoring: Vancouver Victory- Jesse De Leon (6), Ben Culpan (3), Tony Sanchez, Sean Melby, Bj Romac, Enrique Esparza. Oly Town Artesians- Tanner Allison (3), Matt Herrera, Jake Sanford, Matt Stalnik.
Bellingham United-7 Snohomish Skyhawks-3
SNOHOMISH, WA—Bellingham United (8-1-0) got an important away win to keep their hopes of a first place regular season finish very much alive. The Hammers host Tacoma on February 13 at the Sportsplex. If they win, they take first place and clinch home pitch throughout the playoffs. The Skyhawks (3-5-0) still need points to catch
The score was 4-3 for Bellingham going into the fourth quarter and the Hammers were able to successfully defend a man down during a Skyhawks power play. Nick Cashmere then tallied a goal, chipping the goal keeper from half field. After a double-blue card, both teams played five verses five, with Kellan Brown being able to convert a near post rocket. BUFC had the lead 6-3 for the final four minutes, and Snohomish made a tactical move to put a field player in as goal keeper to try and narrow the margin. The move eventually backfired, as Jimenez played a long ball off the wall and Quilici was able to convert on the rebound making the score 7-3. ‘It was a tough game, we had to grind it out. The fans were amazing though, and we always appreciate all the support,’ Quilici said.
Goal Scoring: Bellingham United- Brendan Quilici (2), Oscar Jimenez (2), Kellan Brown, Nick Cashmere, Kurtis Pederson. Snohomish Skyhawks-John Troka, Carlos Magana, Juan Machuca.
BREMERTON, WA— The Force (9-1-0) made their case for top spot with style as they crushed Sporting Everett (4-5) at the Olympic Sports Center. Now Olympic gets a bye week ahead of the WISL semifinals. Sporting remains in fourth place, three points ahead of Snohomish, who have a match in hand.
GALLERY: Force v. Sporting by Michael Landon
Ten goals were scored in the first half, seven of those by the Force. Ishmael Deluna had a stellar night with three goals (hat trick) and two assists. WISL leading goal scorer Gus Bermudez chipped in with a hat trick of his own to raise his total to 21 on the season.
Before the match the Force honored Brodie Steigerwald, who has signed to play professionally with a club in Iceland.
Goal Scoring: Olympic Force-Ishmael DeLuna (3), Gus Bermudez (3), Diego Aceves (2), Kenny Ibanez, Matt Eronemo, Alhassan Awadu, Enrique Hidalgo, Kyle Johnson. Sporting Everett-Hector Rodriguez, Corey Hendrickson, Brayton Knapp, Lucas Dourado