Tacoma Narrows FC 8, Oly Town Artesians 0
First year Narrows FC and goalkeeper Nate Salveson shutout the Oly Town Artesians, 8-0, at the Tacoma Soccer Center in just the second shutout in Western Indoor Soccer League history. The only other WISL clean sheet came on January 24th, 2015 when Aaron Anderson and the Tacoma Stars blanked the Wenatchee Fire, 5-0. The win, coupled with losses by both Snohomish and Oly-Pen, moved Narrows into third place with nine points at 3-5-0.
JC Henson opened the scoring for Narrows at the 4:32 mark of the second quarter in a first period, and a minute later, Jeremy Maldonado took advantage of a defensive mistake to put Tacoma up 2-0. They added one more goal in the second and then exploded for five goals in the second half, including two goals by Brent Ricigliano and Henson’s second goal. Henson also added an assist to his two goals and goalkeeper Salveson got into the act with an assist of his own.
Tacoma Narrows FC goals: JC Henson (2), Brent Ricigliano (2), Jeremy Maldonado, Shane Gutierrez, AJ Nitzel, Matt Stalnik
Oly Town Artesians goals: None
Bellingham United 6, Snohomish Skyhawks 2
Bellingham United continued their winning ways by blanking the Snohomish Skyhawks in the second half to take a 6-2 victory at the Snohomish Soccer Dome. Uriel Herrera and Ivan Colin each scored twice and Richard Henderson added a goal and an assist in the win.
After a scoreless first quarter, Herrera started the scoring early in the second quarter giving Bellingham a 1-0 lead. Devin Shull answered and made it 1-1 moments later. Herrera scored his second and Colin scored his first just 30 seconds later to make it 3-1. But Kyle Aure made it just a one goal game with 30 seconds left in the half and the Skyhawks trailed 3-2 at the break.
Unfortunately for the Skyhawks, that would be the end of the offense for them. Noe Betancourt Cruz, Colin and Henderson each scored in the third quarter to give the Hammers a 6-2 lead, one that would hold for the rest of the game as the two played a scoreless fourth quarter. With the win, Bellingham moves to 7-1-0, three points behind the Stars Reserves with the two teams set to meet next Saturday at the Sportsplex.
Bellingham United goals: Uriel Herrera (2), Ivan Collin (2), Noe Betancourt Cruz, Ivan Colin
Snohomish Skyahwks goals: Devin Shull, Kyle Aure
Tacoma Stars Reserves 10, Oly-Pen Force 5
With Mike Arguello getting the call from the MASL’s Tacoma Stars, Alek Greenleaf got the call for the first time in goal for the Stars Reserves and allowed just two goals over the first three quarters as the Reserves built a big lead before eventually taking a 10-5 victory over the Oly-Pen Force to remain undefeated.
Micah Wenzel got the Stars Reserves started early and Amos Freiheit added a goal in the first quarter, but Kevin Flavin scored twice for the Force in an even first 15 minutes. But Tacoma went on an 8-0 run behind two more goals by Wenzel to take a 10-2 lead. The Force did get three more goals back in the fourth quarter including a pair of goals by Alex Hernandez.
The game was marred by 20 fouls, seven blue cards, five yellow cards and one red card.
The win moves the Stars Reserves to 8-0-0 and sets up a titanic match-up between them and Bellingham United at the Sportsplex next weekend with first place on the line.
Tacoma Stars Reserves goals: Micah Wenzel (3), Steve Mohn, Danny Minniti, Amos Freiheit, Isidro Prado-Huerta, Logan Jones, Jeff Bader, JJ Schmeck
Oly-Pen Force goals: Kevin Flavin (2), Alex Hernandez (2), David Meherg