Snohomish Skyhawks 5, Tacoma Stars Reserves 5
John Troka’s game tying goal with 33 seconds left snapped the Tacoma Stars Reserves 17 game winning streak with a 5-5 draw at the Snohomish Soccer Dome on Saturday night.
It was a defensive battle for three quarters with the Stars Reserves striking first with a goal by Micah Wenzel at the 3:04 mark of the first quarter. Efrain Alvarado answered back in the second quarter to make it 1-1 and the two teams went to the half knotted up with just two total goals between them.
Mark Lee broke the tie and made it 2-1 halfway through the third quarter, but Kevin Flavin tied it three minutes later and the third quarter came to an end all tied up, 2-2.
But the offenses came alive in the fourth quarter. Snohomish took their first lead, 3-2, on a Devin Shull goal with 13:35 left. They then took a two goal lead thanks to Tony Clarke with 6:32 left. But Tacoma rallied, scoring three straight goals, starting with Adrian Correa’s strike at the 5:32 mark, then Ismael DeLuna’s goal just 30 seconds later, and finally Diego Aceves gave the Stars Reserves a 5-4 lead with just 1:34 left. But Troka and the Skyhawks avoided the loss when they tied the game with 33 seconds left and then held on for the 5-5 draw.
Snohomish Skyhawks goals: Kevin Flavin, Efrain Alvarado, Devin Shull, Tony Clarke, John Troka
Tacoma Stars Reserves goals: Diego Aceves, Adrian Correa, Ismael DeLuna, Mark Lee, Micah Wenzel
Oly-Pen Force 9, Oly Town Artesians 8
Alex Hernandez provided the offense with five goals and the Oly-Pen Force held off an Artesians comeback attempt to pull out a 9-8 road victory in Olympia on Saturday night.
Collin LaBranche struck first giving Oly Town their only lead of the night at 1-0 just three minutes into the game. Hernandez tied the game with a minute left in the first quarter and then scored two of the next three goals for the Force including the goal that broke a 3-3 tie with two minutes left in the first half. Marco Lopez made it 5-3 just a minute later and the Force took a two goal lead into the half.
James Salisbury gave the Force their biggest lead, 6-3, 30 seconds into the second half before Oly clawed their way back to within one, 6-5, behind goals by Manny Nicasio and Nate Boatright. But the Force pushed it back to a three goal cushion with Jaisen Zurfluh’s second goal of the game and Hernandez’s fourth goal.
After Boatright’s second goal at the end of the third, Collin Tate made it a one goal game early in the fourth. But Hernandez had the answer again, scoring what proved to the be the game winning goal with 9:02 left to play. Nicasio got the Artesians to within one with 2:37 left but the Force held off a sixth attacker and held on for the 9-8 win.
Oly-Pen Force goals: Alex Hernandez (5), Jaisen Zurfluh (2), Marco Lopez, James Salisbury
Oly Town Artesians goals: Nate Boatright (2), Manny Nicasio (2), Collin LaBranche, Christian Segovia, Collin Tate, Jordan Zimmerman
Bellingham United 7, Tacoma Narrows 2
Tacoma Narrows kept the game close well into the third quarter, trailing by just one goal, 3-2, before Bellingham United went on a 4-0 run over the final 21 minutes of play to take a 7-2 win at the Tacoma Soccer Center.
Bellingham built a 3-0 lead behind two goals by Noe Betancourt-Cruz and a third by Christian Rotter with 7:11 left in the second quarter. But Narrows chipped away at the lead, finally getting on the board near the end of the first half behind a goal by Jake Dobson. Then AJ Nitzel made it 3-2 with a penalty shootout goal with 11 minutes left in the third quarter.
But it was all United after Uriel Herrera made it 4-2 with 6:11 left in the third. Spencer Wolfe, Herrera and Richard Henderson each scored fourth quarter goals and Bellingham went home with a 7-2 win.
Bellingham United goals: Noe Betancourt-Cruz (2), Uriel Herrera (2), Richard Henderson, Christian Rotter, Spencer Wolfe
Tacoma Narrows goals: Jake Dobson, AJ Nitzel