The Evergreen Premier League is through its first month of play as the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend is dark for the regional elite adult men’s soccer league. It’s a good time to assess the new divisional standings and races as well as take a peek at the wild card chase.
The EPLWA resumes play on the June 2-3 weekend with four matches.
2017 Champions Seattle Stars lead the Coastal Division with 6 points. Oly Town Artesians are close behind with 5. The Artesians beat the Stars in Olympia to keep the pressure on the leaders. Though they lag behind in the division, Vancouver Victory have a wild card win under their belts from a non-division victory over Yakima United.
Two ends of the spectrum appear in the Cascade Division, where Washington Premier FC are unbeaten at 3-0-0 and riding high. The flip side is the bad start from Bellingham United. Just 2 goals in 4 matches won’t get it done and the Hammers are 0-3-1 and in last place. The Olympic Force got a big win last Saturday in Bellingham. The next day, so did WPFC.
The bright start by EPLWA newbies Tri-Cities Alliance was dimmed a bit by a wild 4-3 loss in their home opener to the Spokane Shadow. The Shadow have increased their player pool depth and it shows in their first place standing in the Columbia Division. The Lions look like contenders, but they only have one division match to go, in June at home against Yakima United. The rest of their chase will be with non-division opponents. The Hoppers of YUFC need to score more goals, but they continue to stick with their foes in matches.
The EPLWA Wild Card race includes ONLY match results from non-division contests. So each club will have 6 of those to try to build up points. It’s early in this race, but the graphic below shows that Vancouver’s win over Yakima currently has them in the top wild card spot.