Tacoma Stars Reserves 6, Oly Town Artesians 5
The Stars Reserves never trailed but also never held more than a two goal lead in escaping the Artesians upset bid, 6-5, at The Pavilion on Saturday night.
The two teams traded early goals and remained tied until Oly Town keeper JJ Olson took a shot to the face and had to come out of the game. The Stars Reserves took advantage scoring twice on backup Hunter Bowman to take a 3-1 lead. Olson returned and both teams added second quarter goals and the half ended with the Stars up 4-2.
Josh Dube scored the loan goal of the third quarter and Oly was within one, 4-3, going into the fourth quarter but could never come up with the equalizer over the final 15 minutes. Adrian Correa scored to make it 5-3, then Manny Nicasio answered 30 seconds later to make it 5-4 with 4:07 left. Nate Ford scored what proved to be the game winner with 2:46 left and despite allowing an Artesians goal on a sixth attacker with 24 seconds left, Tacoma held on for the 6-5 win.
The Stars Reserves improved to 5-0-0 with the win while the Artesians fell to 2-3-0 after the first half of the season.
Tacoma Stars Reserves goals: Diego Aceves, Adrian Correa, Nate Ford, Mark Lee, Douglas Lima, JJ Schmeck
Oly Town Artesians goals: Mitch Balmer, Josh Dube, Manny Nicasio, Collin Tate, Esau Vazquez
Bellingham United 6, Snohomish Skyhawks 5
Nick Cashmere scored another three goals, giving him 17 for the season, but Snohomish held Bellingham scoreless in the second and third quarters and took them to the wire before Jared Davis scored the game winner with 1:45 left and the Hammers held off the Skyhawks, 6-5.
Cashmere started the game off with a pair of goals, including the opening goal just 30 seconds into the game. Christian Rotter and Richard Henderson added goals and it looked like Bellingham was off to the races posting a 4-0 lead after the first quarter. Snohomish got one back in the second quarter on a goal by Andrew Escalante and the half came to an end with the Hammers up 4-1.
But the third quarter was all Skyhawks. Goals by Kevin Flavin, Russell Brown and Devin Shull made it 4-4 after the third and the game stayed tied until Cashmere scored his third goal with 6:07 left to make it 5-4. Devin Mendiola answered two minutes later to tie the game at 5-5 before Davis broke the hearts of Snohomish and give the Hammers a 6-5 win.
Bellingham improved to 4-1-0 with the win and now have a six point cushion over the third place Skyhawks. Snohomish dropped to 2-3-0.
Bellingham United goals: Nick Cashmere (3), Jared Davis, Richard Henderson, Christian Rotter
Snohomish Skyhawks goals: Russell Brown, Andrew Escalante, Kevin Flavin, Devin Mendiola, Devin Shull
Tacoma Narrows 10, Oly-Pen Force 4
Tacoma Narrows built an 8-1 first half lead and never looked back coasting to a 10-4 win over the Oly-Pen Force at the Tacoma Soccer Center. AJ Nitzel and Alex Vogt registered hat tricks in Narrows first win of the season getting them out of the WISL basement at the half way point of the season. Alex Membrere scored twice for Oly-Pen, who fell to 1-4-0 at the Holiday break.
Tacoma Narrows goals: AJ Nitzel (3), Alex Vogt (3), Francisco Barajas, Johnny Cano, Travis Homestead, Johnathon Walker-Whitmore
Oly-Pen Force goals: Alex Membrere (2), Jaisen Zurfluh, Alex Hernandez