Oly Town Artesians vs. Oly-Pen Force
The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College – 6:35 PM
It’s a big game in Olympia on Saturday night when the Oly-Pen Force (1-4-0) travel to take on the Oly Town Artesians (2-3-0). Despite a rough start to the season, the Force sit just one game behind the 3rd and 4th place Snohomish Skyhawks and Artesians and can move up to third with a road win. Conversely, a win for Oly Town would go a long way toward securing a playoff position.
The Artesians are led by Alec Zimmerman’s six goals and four assists while Nate Boatright has chipped in with two goals and five assists. The Artesians have had 20 different goal scorers this season, by far the most in the league, and are just 10 goals behind their entire total for the 2018-2019 season. Alex Hernandez leads the way for the Force with seven goals this season and James Salisbury trails him with three.
The two teams met in week one in Bremerton with the Artesians grinding out a 9-6 win. Both teams were working with very different rosters in that week one game, so anything could happen when these two teams kick off the second half of the season.
Snohomish Skyhawks vs. Tacoma Stars Reserves
Snohomish Soccer Dome – 7:00 PM
The Tacoma Stars Reserves (5-0-0) will attempt to continue their 17 game winning streak with a road game in Snohomish on Saturday. Missing a handful of their players that are signed to the Tacoma Stars including goalkeeper Mike Arguello, the Stars Reserves got a scare when they just barely pulled out a 6-5 win against the Oly Town Artesians in their week 5 game. At the same time as that game, the Snohomish Skyhawks (2-3-0) put a scare in Bellingham before dropping their own 6-5 loss to the Hammers. Now the two teams will meet at the Soccer Dome for a week one rematch that the Stars Reserves took 6-3.
Andrew Escalante leads the Skyhawks with five goals and Kevin Flavin and Devin Mendiola each have added four. Trevor Davoren has started every game in goal for Snohomish and is coming off a Defensive Player Of The Week Award in week five. The Stars Reserves are led by Nate Ford’s six goals with two players that have been playing big minutes for the MASL Stars – Logan Jones and Ismael DeLuna – following him with five goals each. Arguello and Alek Greenleaf have split time in goal for the Stars Reserves.
Tacoma Narrows vs. Bellingham United
Tacoma Soccer Center – 7:45 PM
Bellingham United (4-1-0) started the season off right with a 13-4 victory over Tacoma Narrows (1-4-0) way back on November 9th with Nick Cashmere and Richard Henderson scoring hat tricks in their season debut. It was a preview of what was to come offensively for the Hammers, who lead the league with 56 goals scored including their 26 goal outburst against the Oly-Pen Force on their home field. But the Hammers have only left the cozy confines of Whatcom County once so far, and that was a 4-3 loss to the Stars Reserves on the Tacoma Soccer Center floor, a building that has given them nightmares over the years. Their only win in that building since the beginning of the WISL was against Tacoma Narrows last season, a resounding 13-1 victory.
Tacoma Narrows is coming off of their best performance of the season, a 10-4 win over the Oly-Pen Force in week five. AJ Nitzel scored a hat trick in their first win of the season and leads Narrows with seven goals. Nick Mejia trails him with five goals and Travis Homestead and Alex Vogt have each chipped in four goals apiece. Meanwhile, Bellingham is led by Cashmere, who has been ridiculous this year, scoring 17 goals so far and is just four goals behind the league’s single season record. Henderson is second on the team and the league with nine goals and Elazar Galvan has added eight goals, which is good enough for third in the WISL. The Hammers feature former Narrows keeper Nate Salveson in goal and have allowed just 17 goals and hold a +39 goal differential.