Evergreen Premier League clubs are hitting the pitch in pre-season action as they prepare for the start of the 2014 season. It’s time to get all aspects of teamwork together, even as many of the EPLWA sides still await their college players in early May.
South Sound FC took a 5-2 win over the Yamhill County Crew on Sunday April 13 in Orgeon. The Shock spent the weekend and were hosted by locals and helped with a kids soccer camp, too.
SEATTLE, WA — Vancouver Victory FC gave the Evergreen Premier League its unofficial first win of the pre-season on Saturday APril 12 when the new club from the new league beat Everett United 4-2 at Roosevelt High School. Over in Bremerton the Kitsap Pumas pounced on Bellingham United FC 6-1. The Hammers’ only goal was scored by Carlos Betancourt (see video.) We’ll have photos from Pumas-Hammers soon. Bellingham awaits the arrival of their Western Washington University players.
The fledgling league is getting underway with pre-season matches against local colleges, PDL, NPSL and amateur sides. Vancouver’s win over amateur side Everett United came after EPLWA clubs opened winless on the first pre-season weekend, but managed two draws.
Vancouver sent us this match recap with a few photos:
Vancouver Victory FC vs Everett United FC
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Roosevelt High School Seattle, Washington
It was a perfect day for soccer as the Vancouver Victory FC set sail on their inaugural season with preseason friendly against Everett United FC at historic Roosevelt High School in Seattle, Washington.
Weather was in the mid 60s and sunny with the snowcapped Olympic Mountains in the background looking west from the field.
The Victory wearing their road blacks opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Borce Atanasov headed home a shot in front of the goal off a cross from the left corner by Cody Guthrie.
The Victory enjoyed about 75% of the possession and dominated play using high-pressure to keep Everett on their heels.
The Victory had several near misses and had one goal called back as they peppered the Everett goal and outshot the hosts 12-1 in the first half.
Atanasov opened the scoring in the second half in the 56th minute slotting a shot past the keeper from the left side 6 yards out off of an assist by Mirza Ramic.
Atanasov scored in the 60th minute on a corner kick header from Alberto Casas completing his hat trick.
Everett United took advantage of a goaltending miscue less then a minute later to make it 3-1. They made it 3-2 on a header three minutes after that to pull within one goal with 27 minutes to play.
Then Vancouver settled in with excellent possession and dominated play the rest of the way out shooting Everett 10-0.
Ramic doubled the score 4-2 with a strong header off of another cross by Casa to close out the scoring in the 71st minute.
The game was played without head coach Biniam Afenegus who was out of town. The team was in good hand with assistant coaches Sean Janson and Filomon Afenegus. Both coaches commented after the game about the Victory getting a road win in their first game ever against opposing competition.
“It was a good first performance for the team. We showed that we have a lot of quality and depth which are essential ingredients for having success. We have two more weeks before our opening game and the coaching staff feels that we are ahead of schedule.”, explained Coach Filomon Afenegus.
Coach Janson was cautiously optimistic, “We showed good character to take control after allowing them back in the game. It was a strong showing from Borce and our forwards but we still have a lot of work to do.”
The Victory play a friendly next Saturday, April 19 at 6 PM at Kingsway Christian School in Vancouver against Warner Pacific. Spectators are welcome. Admission is free for V2FC Season-ticket holders and for those purchasing season tickets at the game. There is a $2 charge for all others. Season-ticket holders are asked to bring a photo ID for entry. There are no spectator stands or seating available at this venue. Spectators are welcome to bring their own chairs for the game.
6′ Borce Atanasov (Cody Guthrie)
56′ Atanasov (Mirza Ramic)
60′ Atanasov (Alberto Casa)
71′ Ramic (Casas)
60′ and 63′ (unknown)
Shots on goal
Everett United 6
Everett United 16
Everett United 68′ (Unknown)
BREMERTON, WA — Seattle Stars FC of the Evergreen Premier League crossed the big pond on Wednesday night April 9 to face the Kitsap Pumas of the Premier Development League in a pre-season match. It was an unadvertised, non-ticketed affair, but Pumas fans still showed up in good numbers. They were happy with what they saw as Kitsap took a 3-0 win.
As part of goalWA.net’s partnership with the EPLWA, we took some feature video of the Stars before the match and along the sidelines to capture the ‘feel’ of the night. Seattle wore brand new black kits with white accents and bright green side panels. They posed for a team photo, and then were thoroughly dominated in a first half that saw numerous Kitsap chances, but just a 1-0 lead at the break.
In the second half the Stars created a few chances of their own, but the Pumas were great on the counter-attack and punched home two more strikes for the 3-0 final.
Both clubs can learn from the scrimmage. The Stars need to work on connecting passes in the midfield and not getting caught out on the break. The Pumas would surely like to hone their finishing skills in front of goal.
In the end it was handshakes and well-wishes as both sides continue to prepare for their seasons.
Seattle Stars FC head coach Alex Kajumulo will have to rely on his assistants and a bit of match film to critique his side. He texted just before kick-off that he had missed the boat to Bremerton.
SILVERDALE, WA —– The WestSound FC Men of the Evergreen Premier League had hopes of starting their pre-season schedule in a positive way as they hosted the Evergreen State Geoducks Saturday night at Silverdale Stadium. They got their wish, but not a win. WestSound FC attacked the Evergreen goal often in the second half, but the crossbar and agile work from freshman goalkeeper Tom Clark (Montana’s Whitefish Bulldogs) kept WestSound from breaking through. Nate Boatright (transfer from Concordia Portland) headed home the winner for the Geoducks in the 70th minute. The match was watched by a crowd of around 200 fans. (Photos)
In other action Yakima United FC drew 2-2 with Alianza Tri-Cities on April 5th.
WestSound opens its EPLWA season on Sunday April 27 at 4 PM when they host South Sound FC at Silverdale Stadium.
On the calendar: April 9 – Seattle Stars at Kitsap Pumas, April 12 – Bellingham United at Kitsap Pumas, April 18 – Bellingham United v. Western Washington (at Whatcom CC) , April 19 – South Sound at Sounders Academy U-18, April 19 – Vancouver Victory FC v. Warner Pacific.
South Sound FC traveled to Hood River, Oregon, to face Gorge FC. See a match report with photos courtesy of goalWA.net. The Shock battled to a 2-2 draw.
Bellingham United FC traveled to Woodinville to face Seattle Sporting FC. See a match report with photos courtesy of goalWA.net. The Hammers fought hard in a 2-1 loss.
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