The Western Indoor Soccer League’s second week kicks off on Saturday with all six teams in action. Bellingham and Snohomish host teams from the south while it’s the First edition of this season’s Grit City Derby at the Tacoma Soccer Center.
Snohomish Skyhawks vs. Oly Town Artesians
Snohomish Soccer Dome – 7:00 PM
The Artesians and Skyhawks enter their week two matchup after posting slightly surprising results in week one. Oly Town knocked off Oly-Pen 9-6 to earn their first win since December of 2017 while the Skyhawks played a very close game against the defending league champions, holding them to six goals in a 6-3 loss.
Alec Zimmerman and Lucas Alcala each played in their first WISL game for the Artesians and each contributed two goals. They also saw the return of veteran goalkeeper JJ Olson, who allowed just two goals over the final 45 minutes of play. Snohomish were without some key players against the Stars Reserves due to injury but got two goals from veteran Andrew Escalante and one from new Skyhawk, Kevin Flavin.
The Artesians have never won at the Snohomish Soccer Dome but have played close games in four of their five meetings including a surprising 4-4 draw last season.
Ticket are just $8 at the door for adults and $2 for kids. First kick is at 7:00 PM.
Bellingham United vs. Oly-Pen Force
Bellingham Sportsplex – 7:35 PM
It’s a matchup of two historic WISL combatants with one team still sporting the same core group of players while the other searches for a new roster and identity. Bellingham United and the Oly-Pen Force played for the league title in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons but the Force have had some roster turnover over the last couple seasons and missed the playoffs last season.
Bellingham is coming off a 13-4 week one win over Tacoma Narrows and has had two weeks off after opening their season on November 9th. Oly-Pen dropped their season opener to the Oly Town Artesians, 9-6. Three WISL players posted hat tricks in week one and all three of them will be featured on Saturday. Richard Henderson and Nick Cashmere led the way for the Hammers with three goals each and Alex Hernandez scored three times for the Force. Former Force goalkeeper, Nate Salveson, made his debut for Bellingham in week one and held Narrows to just four goals.
The Force are 0-6-0 against the Hammers in Bellingham including their two championship game losses. The two teams met at the Bellingham Sportsplex on January 12th and played a close game for three quarters before Bellingham outscored the Force 4-1 in the fourth quarter to take a 9-4 win.
Tacoma Narrows vs. Tacoma Stars Reserves
Tacoma Soccer Center – 7:45 PM
The Grit City Derby returns! The WISL’s two Tacoma squads face each other for the second time with Narrows looking for their first series victory after dropping their two games last season 8-3 and 9-2.
The Stars Reserves will be the road game and are coming off of a 6-3 win over the Snohomish Skyhawks in week one. Mike Arguello and the WISL’s Defensive Player of the Week, Logan Jones, held the Skyhawks to just three goals. Jones also scored twice in the win. Narrows fell to Bellingham, 13-4, and got two goals from Travis Homestead in the loss.
With their week one win, the Tacoma Stars Reserves have won 13 straight league games and have not lost a league game at the Tacoma Soccer Center since an 8-7 loss to the Olympic Force on December 18th, 2015.