Tacoma Stars Reserves 3, Bellingham United 2
The battle for first place in the Western Indoor Soccer League was a defensive doozy, with the Tacoma Stars Reserves jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first half and then hung on to knock off Bellingham United 3-2 at the Tacoma Soccer Center.
JJ Schmeck started the scoring midway through the first quarter and Logan Jones scored the Stars Reserves second goal with 4:08 left in the first quarter to give them a 2-0 lead after the first 15 minutes. Danny Minniti scored what would hold up as the game winning goal 10 minutes into the second quarter. The Hammers finally got on a the board with 4:36 left in the first half when they earned a power play and Richard Henderson scored his 10th goal of the season. Tacoma took a 3-1 lead into halftime.
Mike Arguello for Tacoma and Riley Liddle for Bellingham each kept a clean sheet during the third quarter with a penalty kill for each team. Both teams were down to four men after a double blue card near the end of the 3rd but neither side could take advantage. Finally, the Hammers made it a one goal game when Christian Caro scored with 4:28 left. Despite facing a sixth attacker, the Stars Reserves held off the Bellingham attack and took the 3-2 win.
The two teams are now tied with 12 points with the Stars Reserves (4-0-0) holding the advantage over Bellingham (4-1-0) based on their head to head record.
Tacoma Stars Reserves goals: JJ Schmeck, Logan Jones, Danny Minniti
Bellingham United goals: Richard Henderson, Christian Caro
Snohomish Skyhawks 6, Tacoma Narrows FC 4
The Snohomish Skyhawks outscored Tacoma Narrows 5-1 after Narrows built a 3-1 lead to pick up their second win of the season, 6-4, at the Snohomish Soccer Dome.
Narrows scored one goal in each quarter of the game and built a 2-0 lead on goals by Brent Ricigliano and JC Henson before Snohomish broke through with a goal by John Troka. Tacoma took a 2-1 lead into the half and then quickly added another goal by Henson to make it 3-1 at the 14 minute mark of the third.
But it was all Snohomish after that. Kyle Aure, Nathan Murphy, Russell Brown and Devin Shull each scored in the third period to build a 5-3 Skyhawks lead. Henson scored his third goal early in the fourth but Devin Mendiola added an insurance goal a minute later and goalkeeper Trevor Davoren and the Skyhawks held on for the win.
Snohomish Skyhawks goals: John Troka, Kyle Aure, Nathan Murphy, Russell Brown, Devin Shull, Devin Mendiola
Tacoma Narrows FC: JC Henson (3), Brent Ricigliano
Oly-Pen Force 14, Oly Town Artesians 4
A defensive battle at the half, the Oly-Pen Force exploded for 11 goals in the second half, including four of Luis Enrique Hidalgo’s five goals, to obliterate the Oly Town Artesians 14-4 at the Oly-Pen Sports Center.
The Force jumped out to an early lead with goals by Kyle Johnson and Hidalgo’s first. Bennett Bugbee added another goal in the second quarter to give the Force a 3-0 lead. The Force added three more goals to open the third before Esau Vazquez finally got the Artesians on the board off of a half field shot following the kick off after Hidalgo scored his second goal. The Force then added three more, including two more by Hidalgo and took a 9-1 lead after three. Hidalgo scored one more time and Johnson scored twice in a five goal fourth quarter to give the Force the 14-4 win.
With two straight wins, the Force (2-3-0) jumped from last place two weeks ago to third place with six points. The Artesians dropped to 0-5-0.
Oly-Pen Force goals: Luis Enrique Hidalgo (5), Kyle Johnson (3), Alex Hernandez (2), Bennett Bugbee, Alhassan Awudu, Izzy DeLuna, David Meherg
Oly Town Artesians goals: Esau Vazquez, Nate Boatright, Collin Tate, Chris Pugh