SNOHOMISH, WA—The Snohomish Skyhawks were a staple of indoor soccer back in the PASL (Premier Arena Soccer League) days. Now for the first time they have made the WISL (Western Indoor Soccer League) playoffs, and they can thank their never-say-die approach for getting them there.
Saturday night at the Snohomish SoccerDome the Never-Say-Die-Hawks were trailing the Tacoma Stars Reserves 4-2 in the 4th quarter. Then this happened: Raphael Anguiano and Adrian Espinoza scored to lift Snohomish to a 4-4 draw. It was enough to get the Skyhawks 4th place and a semifinals match on February 18 against defending WISL Champions Bellingham United at the Bellingham Sportsplex. Earlier in the season the Skyhawks also drew the Stars 4-4 in Tacoma.
The Skyhawks are familiar with late rallies. They came back twice in the regular season against County rivals Sporting Everett, both times with 4th quarter goals that produced a win and a tie.
Nate Ford scored a hat trick for Tacoma, who will miss the WISL playoffs this season for the very first time.
WESTERN INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL STANDINGS 2016-17
(Updated through matches played February 11, 2017)
|BELLINGHAM UNITED – #1||24||8||2||0|
|OLYMPIC FORCE – #2||18||6|| 4
|OLY TOWN ARTESIANS – #3||13||4||5||1|
|SNOHOMISH SKYHAWKS – #4||12||3||4||3|
|TACOMA STARS RESERVES||11||3||5||2|
Sporting Everett awarded a 1-0 forfeit win over Tacoma Stars Reserves due to Tacoma using an ineligible player 1-14-17.
TIEBREAKERS: The league will use the following, in order listed below, to break standings ties: 1. Season series results 2. Season series goal differential 3. Season series away goals 4. Total wins in league 5. Total goals in league 6. Goal differential in league.
PLAYOFFS: Feb. 18 semifinals – Snohomish at Bellingham & Oly Town at Olympic.
Snohomish player Steven Mosely posted on his Facebook page:
We learned before the game that our owner, Pablo Mummey, has lost his brother and we want to make sure that we represent the Skyhawks with character and honor.
This season has been an emotional one for our team with Rafael Anguiano also recently losing his younger brother. The team bonded together and we are grateful to play this beautiful game.
Snohomish goals: Tye Hastings, Jacob Weaver, Raphael Anguiano, Adrian Espinoza.
Tacoma goals: Nate Ford (3), Alex Vogt.