The four clubs making the 2017-18 Western Indoor Soccer League post season were confirmed on Saturday night January 20 as Olympic eliminated Oly Town in Olympia. Up north in Bellingham the Hammers won big to earn the chance to clinch first place next Saturday at Tacoma. It’s the Hammers, Stars Reserves, Force and Skyhawks in the post-season. Order and match-ups TBD before the playoff semifinals on February 10.
Olympic Force-8 Oly Town Artesians-6
OLYMPIA, WA— The Olympic Force (3-3-0) knocked the Oly Town Artesians (1-6-0) out of the playoff race with a hard-fought 2-goal win at the Evergreen Pavilion. (Artesians match report.)
The Artesians were up 2-0 after the first quarter thanks to 2 goals from from Gabe Zaccagnini, who would eventually notch a hat trick. The second quarter saw the Force get four goals in a match that was even 4-4 at the break. Alex Hernandez broke loose for 3 of those.
Olympic quickly took the lead just 8 seconds into the second half on a goal from Colin Ralston. Nate Boatright made it 5-5 going into the last quarter. Then the Force pulled out the road win with goals from 2 goals from Joe Sammartino and another from Ralston. The Artesians could only answer with Meyer’s second of the night.
Olympic Force Goals: Alex Hernandez (3), Colin Ralston (2), Joe Sammartino (2), Lionel Hernandez.
Oly Town Artesian Goals: Gabe Zaccagnini (3) Nate Boatright, Matt Stalnik, JT Meyer.
Bellingham United-12 Snohomish Skyhawks-6
BELLINGHAM, WA— The Hammers improved to 7-0-0 with a lopsided win over the Snohomish Skyhawks (2-5-0) on Saturday night at the Sportsplex. Nick Cashmere scored 4 goals to lead the home side. Bellingham can clinch first place and home pitch throughout the playoffs when they visit Tacoma next Saturday.
The Skyhawks looked up for the battle early on when they took a 2-0 lead on goals from Alex Molchan and Tye Hastings. Then BUFC gained momentum and rode a first half hat trick from Cashmere to a 6-3 lead at the break.
Aaron Burns scored twice in the second half for the Skyawks but the Hammers pounded in six more goals for the wide margin final. BUFC featured 8 different goal scorers. Richard Henderson added a brace for the Hammers.
Bellingham United Goals: Nick Cashmere (4), Richard Henderson (2), Uriel Herrera, Dylan Langlei, Jonathan Ruvalcaba, Olegario Orozco, Jared Davis, Eleazar Galvan.
Snohomish Skyhawks Goals: Aaron Burns (2), Alex Molchan, Mike Sitzman, Tye Hastings, Devin Shull.