WENATCHEE, WA— Wenatchee United FC beat South Sound FC 3-1 on Saturday night in the Apple Capital in a result that changes the dynamic of the race for the EPLWA championship.
South Sound FC has led the EPLWA table for weeks, and for most of that time had one or more matches in handover their pursuers. That has all changed now after the Capitals dished out a loss that puts the Shock even on matches played (11) with Vancouver. Spokane lurks behind with two matches in hand over both.
|EVERGREEN PREMIER LEAGUE||Pts||GP||W||L||T||GF||GA||GD|
|SOUTH SOUND FC||25||11||8||2||1||20||9||+11|
|VANCOUVER VICTORY FC||24||11||8||3||0||29||20||+9|
|YAKIMA UNITED FC||16||13||5||7||1||32||36||-4|
|WENATCHEE UNITED FC||15||12||5||7||0||25||27||-2|
|SEATTLE STARS FC||7||10||2||7||1||15||23||-8|
PHOTOS: Courtesy of The Wenatchee World
The race is now wide open as South Sound (depending on goal differential), Vancouver and Spokane (depending on goal differential) all control their own destinies. Win out, and you are champion.
South Sound: July 10 – Seattle, July 18 at Bellingham, July 20 at Vancouver
Vancouver: July 6 at Spokane, July 10 – Spokane, July 20 – South Sound
Spokane: July 6 – Vancouver, July 10 at Vancouver, July 11 at Yakima, July 19 – Seattle, July 20 – Wenatchee
South Sound was awarded a penalty kick try in the 19th minute as Wenatchee’s coaches fumed on the sidelines. The Shock failed to convert the chance, but they did take the lead seven minutes later when Max Harvey scored on an assist from JJ Schmeck in the 26th.
It was 1-1 at the half after Elias Lopez scored for the Capitals in the 41st minute, much to the delight of the 193 Wenatchee fans attending the contest.
The battle for victory was halted in the second half as the officials called for a “water break” around the 74th minute. The match was played with the temperature on the low 90’s.
Wenatchee scored two late goals to pull of the title-race shocker.
In the 82nd minute Julio Morales scored for a 2-1 Capitals advantage. As South Sound pushed everyone forward for an equalizer, Eleazar Galvan got one more on a counter attack in stoppage time, making the final 3-1. It was Galvan’s 6th goal of the season, tops for Wenatchee.
Wenatchee improves to 5-7 on 15 points while the first-place Shock fall to 8-2-1 on 25 points.
The Capitals close their season with matches on opposite sides of the state in Silverdale and then Spokane.
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