Tacoma Stars Reserves 4, Oly Town Artesians 2
After falling behind 3-0 through three quarters, the Oly Town Artesians came back to make it 3-2 on goals by Collin LaBranche and Collin Tate. But Nate Ford found Jeff Bader with six minutes left to make it a 4-2 game and take the momentum away from the Artesians and the Stars Reserves ran their unbeaten streak to 22 games heading into the playoffs as the #1 seed. Nate Ford scored his 12th goal of the season in the first quarter and JJ Schmeck made it 2-0 in the second.
Oly Town goalkeeper JJ Olson drew rave reviews for his effort keeping them in the game, but the Artesians fell to 3-5-2 on the season and will make a return trip to the Tacoma Soccer Center on Saturday night to take on this same Stars Reserves team as the #4 seed.
Tacoma Stars Reserves goals: Nate Ford, JJ Schmeck, Micah Wenzel, Jeff Bader
Oly Town Artesians goals: Collin LaBranche, Collin Tate
Bellingham United 10, Snohomish Skyhawks 5
After a close first half ended with Bellingham up 4-3, the Hammers exploded for six goals over the final 20 minutes to knock off the Snohomish Skyhawks 10-5 at the Snohomish Soccer Dome. The game featured 33 fouls, six blue cards and two yellow cards and the two teams will go at it once again next week in the WISL semifinals in Bellingham.
Christian Caro, Eleazar Galvan and Uriel Herrera each scored two goals and Nick Cashmere added one and finished the season with 19 goals to claim the league’s Golden Boot Award. Bellingham finished the regular season at 7-3-0 and will head into the semifinals as the #2 seed.
Kevin Flavin capped off his best season in the WISL with a pair of goals and finished with 13 goals. Andrew Escalante also finished his best offensive season with a goal, finishing with nine. The Skyhawks fell to 3-4-3 this season, finishing one point ahead of the Oly Town Artesians for the #3 seed.
Bellingham United goals: Christian Caro (2), Eleazar Galvan (2), Uriel Herrera (2), Rene Caro, Nick Cashmere, Dylan Langei, Connor Moe
Snohomish Skyhawks goals: Kevin Flavin (2), Andrew Escalante, Devin Mendiola, Wesley Stark
Oly-Pen Force 7, Tacoma Narrows 6
Eliminated from the playoffs, the Oly-Pen Force and Tacoma Narrows were playing for pride on Saturday night, and they both did their clubs proud with a fierce battle that went to the Force, 7-6. Tacoma Narrows came back from a 6-3 deficit to tie the game up 6-6 with 2:04 left to play on AJ Nitzel’s second goal of the game. But just 20 seconds later, Jaisen Zurfluh scored his second goal of the game and the game winner and the Force held on for the victory.
Oly-Pen improved to 3-6-1 with the win, just one point out of a playoff spot despite allowing 106 goals this season. Alex Hernandez capped off his outstanding season with two goals, finishing with 17 goals this season, two goals behind Nick Cashmere for the Golden Boot. Zurfluh’s brace gave him 11 on the season.
Tacoma Narrows fell to 1-8-1 this season. AJ Nitzel’s brace gave him 14 goals this season, which tied him with Bellingham’s Eleazar Galvan and Richard Henderson for third in the league.
Oly-Pen Force goals: Alex Hernandez (2), Jaisen Zurfluh (2), Hugo Gonzalez Mayoral, Leo Hernandez, Colin Ralston
Tacoma Narrows goals: AJ Nitzel (2), Nick Mejia, Max Harvey, Kasey Sidor, Force own goal