Oly Town Artesians 7, Snohomish County 4
After an intense defensive first half that saw Snohomish County go into the break up 1-0, the Oly Town Artesians scored five times in the third quarter and seven times in the second half to take a 7-4 win on Saturday night in Olympia.
Tyler Hopp opened up the scoring for Snohomish with 5:50 left in the second quarter, amounting to the only goal over the first 30 minutes for the two squads. The Steelheads took a 2-0 lead with the opening goal in the third and took a 3-1 lead after a goal by Andrew Escalante with 10:43 left in the third.
But it was all Oly Town after that. Kasey Sidor cut the deficit to just one at the 8:12 mark of the third quarter followed by the equalizer by Manny Nicasio with 6:35 left in the quarter and the go ahead goal by Mitch Balmer just 35 seconds later, the first of two goals by Balmer. The Artesians made it 7-3 midway through the fourth and Snohomish picked up a late goal, but Oly Town held on for their second win of the season with the 7-4 victory.
Oly Town (2-0) goals: Mitchell Balmer (2), Yuta Shimazu, Kasey Sidor, Manny Nicasio, Nate Boatright, Alec Zimmerman
Snohomish County (1-1) goals: Tyler Hopp, Daniel Amador, Andrew Escalante, Jacen Stein
Portland Blacktails 9, Oly-Pen Force 6
Three Portland Blacktails players registered a brace in their first road game of the season, taking a 9-6 decision against the Oly-Pen Force in Bremerton on Saturday night.
George Mejia and two goals by Emanuel Ceja did the damage in the first quarter, giving the Blacktails a 3-1 advantage after the first 15. Oly-Pen fought back to tie things up at 3-3 in the second quarter behind a goal by Gil Navarro and an own goal by Portland. But the Blacktails took a 5-3 lead into the break following Mejia’s second goal and a last minute goal by Clifton Campbell.
Two goals by Adrian Rubio in the second half helped Portland build a 9-5 lead, and despite a late goal by the Force’s Cole Jarrett, the Blacktails held onto the 9-6 win, their first of the young season.
Portland (1-1) goals: George Mejia (2) Emanuel Ceja (2), Adrian Rubio (2), Clifton Campbell, Javier Milian, Isaac Vargas
Oly-Pen (0-2) goals: Raul Islas, Gil Navarro, Jaisen Zurfluh, Grant Larson, Cole Jarrett, Portland own goal
Tacoma Stars Reserves 10, Bellingham United 6
In a the historically WISL heavyweights match-up, the Tacoma Stars Reserves came back from a two goal deficit with a six spot in the second quarter and held on to a 10-6 win to open their season in Bellingham.
Ale Tomasi and Ivan Colin got Bellingham United started with a pair of goals in the first quarter to give them a 2-0 lead through the first 15. But Tacoma struck quickly with Eddie Na opening the scoring at the 14:20 mark of the second quarter. Colin’s second goal built the lead back to two goals, but the Stars would rattle off five straight second quarter goals, including three by Fellipe Souza, and took a 6-3 lead into halftime.
Gilbert De La Cruz made it a 7-3 game in the first minute of the third quarter and then scored his third goal of the contest with 6:47 left in the quarter. Bellingham scored twice in the fourth quarter including Colin’s third goal, but it was too little too late and the Stars Reserves held on for the 10-6 road win.
Tacoma (1-0) goals: Fellipe Souza (3), Gilbert De La Cruz (3), Eddie Na, Roman Ramirez-Surez, Isidro Prado-Huerta, Ray Mouloungui
Bellingham (0-2) goals: Ivan Colin (3), Ale Tomasi (2), Danny Fazio