TACOMA STARS RESERVES VS. TACOMA NARROWS FC
Saturday, January 12 – 3:45 PM – accesso ShoWare Center
The Grit City Derby hits the big stage when the Stars Reserves and Narrows FC head up to Kent to play at the accesso ShoWare Center before the Major Arena Soccer League game between the Tacoma Stars and Ontario Fury. First kick is set for 3:45 with doors at the ShoWare Center opening at 3:15.
The two teams met just two weeks ago at the Tacoma Soccer Center with the Stars Reserves taking an 8-3 win. Eddie Na and Micah Wenzel each scored twice in a game that saw the Stars build a 4-0 lead in the first quarter before Narrows got on the board with a JC Henson goal. The Reserves eventually yielded two more goals when the game was out of reach, but the three goals allowed are the second most in a game for them this season, for a team that has only allowed 14 goals through six games.
Na leads the way for the Stars Reserves with nine goals followed by Danny Minniti with eight. Henson leads the way for Narrows with five goals and Alex Vogt and Jeremy Maldonado have registered four.
The Stars Reserves have had four players named WISL Defensive Player of the Week. Micah Wenzel is the reigning POTW and Minniti, Logan Jones and goalkeeper Mike Arguello have all earned the honor.
SNOHOMISH SKYHAWKS VS. OLY TOWN ARTESIANS
Saturday, January 12 – 7:00 PM – Snohomish Soccer Dome
The Snohomish Skyhawks and Oly Town Artesians face off on Saturday night up north in a rematch of the closest game that the two teams have played all season, a 7-6 win for the Skyhawks on December 1st. Devin Shull scored the game winner with 2:50 left and Shull, reigning WISL Offensive Player of the Week Tye Hastings, and John Troka each scored twice in the win.
The Snohomish Skyhawks traveled to Bremerton on Saturday night and came away with their first point at the Oly-Pen Force in their history with an 8-8 draw. The draw moved both the Force and Skyhawks into a playoff position (if the season ended today) with a 2-3-1 record. Shull and Troka lead the way with eight and seven goals respectively and Trevor Davoren has played very well in goal.
Meanwhile, since their one goal loss to the Skyhawks, the Artesians have been outscored 57-17 and have not allowed less than 12 goals in any of those four games. Goalkeeper injuries have plagued Oly Town with season ending injuries to Ryan Perkins and Bradley Hanson, who themselves filling in for longtime Artesians keeper JJ Olson. Collin Tate leads Oly with six goals.
BELLINGHAM UNITED VS. OLY-PEN FORCE
Saturday, January 12 – 7:35 PM – Bellingham Sportsplex
Second place hosts third place on Saturday night in Bellingham when the Oly-Pen Force travel to face Bellingham United. The Hammers have an eight point advantage on the Force, though, with a 5-1-0 record. The Force enter the game at 2-3-1 but are 2-0-1 over their last three games. The two teams met in Bremerton with Bellingham taking an 11-6 win behind a hat trick by Uriel Herrera and two goals by Conner Moe. Izzy DeLuna score three times himself and was voted WISL Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the loss.
Richard Henderson leads the league with 14 goals, five more than any other player. The Bellingham player/coach scored four times last week against Tacoma Narrows and earned an Offensive POTW award, his second of the season. Christian Caro is tied for second in the league with nine goals. The Hammers have continued their dominating run at the Sportsplex. They are now 27-1 all time and are riding a 24 game winning streak on their home field.
Luis Enrique Hidalgo leads the Oly-Pen Force with nine goals and is tied for second in the league, but he has since moved back east to play professionally with the Rochester Lancers of the MASL2. Former Force goalkeeper David Meherg and last season’s WISL golden boot winner Alex Hernandez have each scored six times.