Oly Town Artesians vs. Tacoma Stars Reserves
The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College – 6:35 PM
The Tacoma Stars Reserves \ride into The Pavilion with a 16 game winning streak, coming off of just the third shutout in WISL history, and one season removed from setting the league’s scoring record (until it was beat this year) against the Artesians the last time they played in Olympia. But with the MASL Stars in California, the Reserves may be missing a couple of key players. But they are a very deep team that will test an improved Oly Town team.
Logan Jones, Nate Ford and Ismael DeLuna lead the way for Tacoma with five goals apiece while Alec Zimmerman leads Oly with six goals and four assists but missed the last game in Bellingham with an injury. Goalkeeper Mike Arguello has won WISL Defensive Player of the Week twice already this season, once on his own and once splitting the award with Alek Greenleaf in their shutout of Oly-Pen last season.
Despite the scoreline, the Artesians kept the game close last season well into the third quarter until Tacoma took advantage of an injury to Oly’s starting keeper and went on an 11-1 run to close out the game. The Artesians took the games on their home field in both 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.
Bellingham United vs. Snohomish Skyhawks
Bellingham Sportsplex – 7:35 PM
The Hammers play their fourth game of the season on their home field at the Bellingham Sportsplex where they are 3-0-0 and have outscored their opponents 47-8 this season, including their 26-3 win over the Oly-Pen Force in week two. Meanwhile, Snohomish have not fared well on the road this season dropping a 6-3 decision to the Stars Reserves and a 9-6 loss to the Oly-Pen Force.
Four United players top the league leaders in goals scored: Nick Cashmere (14), Eleazar Galvan (8), Richard Henderson (8), and Rene Caro (7). The last minute addition of goalkeeper Nate Salveson has been a fantastic addition, solidifying the position just when they needed it. Snohomish is led by Andrew Escalante with four goals while Kevin Flavin and Devin Mendiola have added three goals each.
The Skyhawks have never won at the Sportsplex with Bellingham taking a 9-4 in the season opener last season, a 12-6 decision in the 2017-2018 season, and 10-4 victories in both 2016-2017 and 2015-2016.
Tacoma Narrows vs. Oly-Pen Force
Tacoma Soccer Center – 7:45 PM
With Oly Town facing the Stars Reserves and Snohomish taking on Bellingham, Tacoma Narrows and the Oly-Pen Force both have great opportunities to improve their position heading into the second half of the season despite difficult starts. The Force come in at 1-3-0 and have shown great improvement after a brutal beginning, but they are coming off of a shutout last week to the Stars Reserves. Narrows, meanwhile, are looking for their first win.
The Force are led by veteran Alex Hernandez’s six goals this season while James Salisbury has added three goals. Cole Weaver was named Defensive Player of the Week in week three in his season debut, adding much needed relief for their goalkeeping corps. For Narrows, Nick Mejia leads them with five after a four goal effort against Oly Town and another goal last weekend while AJ Nitzel (4) and Travis Homestead (3) trail him. Narrows has scored a league low 15 goals this season and have had just six goals scorers.
Tacoma Narrows won both meetings last season including a 9-7 win at the Tacoma Soccer Center and a 10-9 win in the season finale that secured third place for Narrows and knocked the Force out of the playoffs.