The Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) regular season came to a close on Saturday night February 13 with three matches that settled the final table and set up the battles in the semifinals this coming Saturday.
In the early match the Oly Town Artesians knocked off the Snohomish Skyhawks 10-6 at the Evergreen State Pavilion. Sporting Everett FC said thank you very much, and grabbed the final playoff berth with an 11-2 win over Vancouver Victory at Clark County Indoor Sports. Up in Bellingham the Hammers of Bellingham United made club history with their first WISL win over the Tacoma Stars Reserves, 8-6. The victory clinched top of the table status for BUFC as well as home pitch advantage all the way to the WISL Final on February 27, should they advance that far.
FINAL 2015-16 Regular Season Table
|Club||Points||Wins||Losses||Ties||GF||GA||Goal + / –|
|BELLINGHAM UNITED #1
|OLYMPIC FORCE #2||27||9||1||0||89||52||+37|
|SPORTING EVERETT #3
|TACOMA RESERVES #4||13||4||5||1||55||52||+3|
|OLY TOWN FC||7||2||7||1||54||78||-24|
Top 4 clubs make the playoffs. #=playoff seed.
Wheels kept turning even after the matches were over. The Tacoma Stars Reserves elected to forfeit an earlier match with Snohomish that had been postponed due to a power outage. So Tacoma finishes 4th in the table, and will visit Bellingham again this Saturday in the semifinals at the Bellingham Sportsplex. Sporting Everett thus finishes 3rd, and will return to the Olympic Sports Center for the second time in 3 weeks in the other semifinal against the #2 Olympic Force.
WISL SEMIFINALS – FEBRUARY 20
Bellingham United v. Tacoma Stars Reserves, 7:30 PM – Bellingham Sportsplex
Olympic Force v. Sporting Everett FC, 7:30 PM – Olympic Sports Center
Sporting Everett celebrates their #3 finish.
Oly Town Artesians-10 Snohomish Skyhawks-6
OLYMPIA, WA –– Goalkeeper Evan Munn and defender Brady Espinoza each scored two goals and the Oly Town Artesians (2-7-1) exploded for a 10-6 win over the Snohomish Skyhawks (4-6) in the season finale for both clubs on Saturday night. Munn also allowed just four goals over 52 minutes of play in front of a loud and boisterous Valentine’s Day weekend crowd at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College. The win also eliminated the Skyhawks from the Western Indoor Soccer League playoff hunt. Read Oly Town report here.
Goal Scoring: Oly Town- Evan Munn (2), Brady Espinoza (2), Tanner Allison, Jake Sanford, Austin Kelley, Matt Stalnik, Kyle Weise, Connor Desmond. Snohomish Skyhawks- Josh Peters (2), Hector Valdovinos, John Troka, Aaron Burns, Rafael Auguiano.
Sporting Everett FC-11 Vancouver Victory-2
VANCOUVER, WA– Matthew Martens notched a hat trick and 3 other Sporting players scored braces as Everett (5-5-0) stomped V2FC (1-9-0) to claim 3rd place in the regular season. It was 4-0 in favor of Everett at half time as the visitors clamped down on Vancouver. The match stretched out a bit in the 2nd half and this only served to give Sporting more room to score. The braces (2 goals) came from Corey Hendrickson, Mark Conrad and Lucas Dourado. Sporting now gets ready to travel to Bremerton on February 20 for a WISL Semifinals match against the Olympic Force.
Goal Scoring: Sporting Everett FC- Matthew Martens (3), Mark Conrad (2), Corey Erickson (2), Lucas Dourado (2), James Postma, Andrew Escalante. Vancouver Victory- Jesse De Leon, Jaime De La Rosa.
Bellingham United-8 Tacoma Stars Reserves-6
BELLINGHAM, WA— The Hammers have scored a first – and that accomplishment earns them first place in the WISL regular season. The Hammers had never beaten the Stars in WISL play, including 3 losses in regular season and 1 in last year’s WISL Final. Now they have, thanks to an 8-6 win before a crowd of 415 at the Bellingham Sportsplex. Read Hammers report here.
Hammers’ Player-coach Brendan Quilici, who had two goals and an assist, said he was proud of the effort his team put in to clinch the top seed. “It feels good,” he said. “We put in a lot of work to get this point and it’s a nice way to cap off the season, but now we’ve got to start preparing for the playoffs.”
In a twist of fate, the Tacoma Stars Reserves will be Bellingham’s WISL Semifinals foe. The Stars will travel up I-5 to the Sportsplex one more time on Saturday February 20th as the sides will do battle for a spot in the WISL Final.
Goal Scoring: Bellingham United- Conner Moe (2), Brendan Quilici (2), Jonathan James, Kurtis Pedersen, Richard Henderson, Oscar Jimenez. Tacoma Stars Reserves- Nate Ford (3), Tyler John (2), Alex Vogt.