Wenatchee FC had the biggest weekend in the three year history of the club June 4 and 5 as the Capitals conquered the heat and posted big wins over South Sound FC and the Spokane Shadow. See recaps below and all of the EPLWA action at EPLWA.com
Cover photo: WFC players at the 2016 Apple Blossom Parade.
WENATCHEE, WA— Wenatchee FC got a brace from Dylan Avey to beat South Sound FC 3-1 on Saturday night June 4 at the Apple Bowl.
Before the match the Capitals hosted the Wenatchee High School Panthers Boys Soccer Team. The Panthers recently won the 4A State title.
The temperature was in the 90’s at kick off and both clubs paced themselves with the heat. The Capitals led 1-0 at the break and then pulled away in the second half.
Along with Avey’s brace Wenatchee also got a goal from Elijah Hurt.
South Sound countered with a goal from Brandon Madsen.
It was second time in three seasons that the Capitals have beaten the Shock in Wenatchee. They did so 3-1 in 2014, then the clubs drew 1-1 last year in a match played up at Chelan High School.
The Shock (3-4-0) are stuck on 9 points but have already played 7 matches. Wenatchee (2-3-0) improves to six points after 5 matches played and nudges up to 5th place in the table.
On a sweltering day around the state of Washington two big results are helping to shape the race to finish top of the table and thus win the 2016 Evergreen Premier League Championship. One of the results made history for the winning side.
Spokane Shadow 0-2 Wenatchee FC
It was the best-ever weekend in the three year history of Wenatchee FC as they toppedSaturday’s solid 3-1 win over annual contenders South Sound FC with an historic 2-0 away win on Sunday at Spokane against two-time defending champs the Spokane Shadow.
The two clubs had played four previous times over the last two seasons with results as close as one goal (twice) and as far apart as six goals all going Spokane’s way for a perfect 4-0-0 all time series lead.
The clubs had both played the day before, with Spokane hosting andbeating the Olympic Force 5-2. In the heat at Spokane Falls (around 90 degrees at kick off) the two clubs were sure to be testing their stamina and depth.
Wenatchee took the lead in the 25th minute when their all-time leading scorer Eleazar Galvan gave them a 1-0 lead. The Capitals defense kept doing its job in front of goalkeeper Miguel Avalos.
In the 75th minute Cristian Garcia made history seem possible. His goal doubled the lead to 2-0 for the Green and Gold.
The visitors hung on and the result changes the dynamic of the 2016 race. The Shadow remain second with 13 points but now have played 7 matches (half of their season) to get to that total. Leaders Vancouver (15 points) and contenders Bellingham (12 points) have two matches each in hand over the champs.
Meanwhile Wenatchee FC’s historic weekend sees them level their record at 3-3-0 on 9 points as they climb up to 4th in the table.