Alec Zimmerman | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

Oly Town Artesians 9, Tacoma Narrows 6

The Oly Town Artesians built a 6-0 lead before allowing Tacoma Narrows to get back in the game with five unanswered goals of their own to cut the lead to just one, 6-5, early in the third quarter. But the Artesians held Narrows to just one more goal the rest of the way, killing a key power play early in the fourth quarter, and held on for a 9-6 win at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College.

Alec Zimmerman scored three times for the Artesians, including what proved to be the game winner in the third quarter. Collin Tate scored twice, new Artesians head coach PJ Vargas also saw action on the field and scored the game opener, and goalkeeper JJ Olson scored a goal of his own in their five goal first quarter. The Artesians improved to 2-1-0 with the win and doubled their win total from the previous two seasons combined.

Nick Mejia scored four unanswered goals, two to close out the second quarter and two more to open the third quarter. They fell to 0-3-0 with the loss.

Oly Town Artesians goals: Alec Zimmerman (3), Collin Tate (2), PJ Vargas, JJ Olson, Duvan Vaca-Trujillo, Eli Boatright
Tacoma Narrows goals: Nick Mejia (4), AJ Nitzel, Jake Dobson

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Tacoma Stars Reserves 4, Bellingham United 3

After scoring 26 goals in week two, Bellingham United was held to just three goals in week three and the Tacoma Stars Reserves came out on top in a 4-3 defensive championship rematch at the Tacoma Soccer Center. The two teams went into the halftime break all knotted up at 2-2, but the Stars scored twice in the third and held the Hammers to just one goal in the final 30 minutes to extend their winning streak to 15.

A day after notching his first professional assist on the game winning overtime goal for the Tacoma Stars, Logan Jones scored twice for the Stars Reserves. Ismael DeLuna and Nate Ford added goals in the win.

Nick Cashmere scored three times for United and now leads the league with 11 goals scored this season through three games.

Tacoma Stars Reserves goals: Logan Jones (2), Ismael DeLuna, Nate Ford
Bellingham United goals: Nick Cashmere (3)

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Oly-Pen Force 9, Snohomish Skyhawks 6

The Oly-Pen Force welcomed collegiate reinforcements to their squad, including goalkeeper Cole Weaver, and turned around their fortunes after a historic loss in week two with a strong second half performance, lifting them to a 9-6 win over the Snohomish Skyhawks.

Snohomish held a 4-3 lead at halftime thanks to single goals by four different players. But Alex Hernandez scored two power play goals after Skyhawks blue cards to keep the game close going into the second half. The two teams played a scoreless first ten minutes of the third quarter, but after that it was all Force. James Salisbury scored the first of his two goals to tie it at 4-4 with 4:25 left in the third then Jaisen Zurfluh gave them a lead they would not relinquish two minutes later. The Force added four more goals in the fourth quarter and held the Skyhawks to two to win their first game of the season.

The Force improved to 1-2-0 this season while Snohomish dropped to 1-2-0. With the win, the Force hold the tiebreaker over the Skyhawks and sit in fourth place.

Oly-Pen Force goals: Alex Hernandez (2), James Salisbury (2), Matt Hoyt, Robert Taylor, Brady Vernik, Jaisen Zurfluh
Snohomish Skyhawks goals: Tony Clarke, Kevin Flavin, Mike Kehoe, Devin Mendiola, William Stohl, Greg Wolfe

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