Snohomish Skyhawks vs. Tacoma Narrows
Snohomish Soccer Dome – 7:00 PM
Tacoma Narrows travels to Snohomish to take on the Skyhawks on Saturday night, looking for their first win of the season after dropping contests to Bellingham, the Stars Reserves and a 9-6 loss to the Oly Town Artesians last weekend. The Skyhawks, meanwhile, are hoping to get back on track after a disappointing 9-6 loss of their own to the Oly-Pen Force. But with the Force and the Artesians facing off against the Stars Reserves and Bellingham respectively, it is a huge opportunity for both teams to improve their standing in the league heading into the last game of the first half next week.
Narrows posted their best offensive night of the season last weekend and Nick Mejia barely missed out on a WISL Offensive Players Of The Week Award after a four goal effort against the Artesians. He leads the team in goals scored with those four goals and is followed by AJ Nitzel and Travis Homestead with a pair of goals each.
The Skyhawks are led by Andrew Escalante’s four goals while WISL veteran Kevin Flavin has chipped in three goals in his first season with the Skyhawks. Devin Mendiola is their only other goal scorer in double digits with two goals.
Narrows barely squeaked past the Skyhawks last season for the third seed in the WISL playoffs, finishing with a 4-6-0 record, while Snohomish went 3-5-2. But two of Snohomish’s wins were tight affairs over Narrows, including a 6-4 win at the Soccer Dome on December 22, 2018.
Bellingham United vs. Oly Town Artesians
Bellingham Sportsplex – 7:30 PM
This is a battle for second place in the WISL, but it would take a massive upset for second place to change hands on Saturday night. The Hammers have scored 39 goals at home this season, posting a 13-4 win over Tacoma Narrows on opening night and then a historic 26-3 win over a shorthanded Oly-Pen squad before the Thanksgiving Break. Meanwhile, Oly Town comes into the game at 2-1-0 and have been re-energized, currently sitting in second place in the league in goals scored with 24 and are coming off a 9-6 win over Narrows. But the Artesians have never won in Bellingham and have a tough task ahead of them, facing off against the high powered Hammers bolstered by former Artesian, goalkeeper Nate Salveson, who blanked them for the second shutout in WISL history last season.
United is led by Nick Cashmere, who scored all three goals in their 4-3 loss to the Stars Reserves last weekend, and now has 11 this season through just three games. Eleazar Galvan (8), Richard Henderson (7), and Rene Caro (6) trail Cashmere for the Hammers, who lead the league in goals scored with 42.
The Artesians are led by reigning WISL Offensive Player of the Week Award winner Alec Zimmmerman, who has six goals after his hat trick against Narrows last week. Lucas Alcala, Nate Boatright, Jordan Zimmerman and Collin Tate each have scored twice for Oly Town, who have had a league leading 15 different players score a goal, including goalkeeper JJ Olson, who has been the key to the Artesians early season improvement.
Oly has never beaten Bellingham in indoor but nearly pulled off a shocking upset last season in the final game of the year. But Cashmere tied the game at 4-4 with 2:15 left and then Connor Moe scored the game winner with 17.5 seconds left.
Tacoma Stars Reserves vs. Oly-Pen Force
Tacoma Soccer Center – 8:00 PM
The defense continues to shine for the Tacoma Stars Reserves, who now have allowed just seven goals through three games, and are now riding a 15 game winning streak after their 4-3 win over Bellingham United last Saturday. Logan Jones and Mike Arguello won the first two WISL Defensive Player of the Week Awards in the first two weeks. They will face an Oly-Pen Force squad that struggled through the first two weeks of the season but then got reinforcements after the Thanksgiving break and knocked off the Skyhawks, 9-6, last week. Cole Weaver returned to the Force lineup from Pacific Lutheran and promptly won the Defensive POTW award.
Logan Jones made his professional soccer debut last Friday with the Tacoma Stars of the Major Arena Soccer League and had an assist in the overtime golden goal that knocked off Turlock. He then returned home and scored two goals against Bellingham and now leads the Stars Reserves with six goals. Ismael DeLuna trails him with four goals and will face his former Force teammates for the first time.
Former WISL Golden Boot winner Alex Hernandez has scored six times for the Force while James Salisbury has scored three times so far this season.
Tacoma took both games of the series last season including an 8-2 win at the Soccer Center that kicked off the Stars Reserves current winning streak. They also topped the Force 10-5 in Bremerton.