Ralston hat trick leads WestSound over Wenatchee

SILVERDALE, WA — Colin Ralston had been knocking on the door most of the season. Finally it opened on Saturday as the WestSound youth product scored three times to lead his club to a season finale 4-2 win over Wenatchee.

Colin Ralston (left) broke through with three goals as WestSound topped Wenatchee 4-2 at Silverdale Stadium. (David Falk)
Colin Ralston (left) broke through with three goals as WestSound topped Wenatchee 4-2 at Silverdale Stadium. (David Falk)

The match was played in humid 90-degree heat. Further altering the atmosphere was the closing of the main covered stand due to maintenance. Fans had a choice: sit in the stifling sun, or find shade around a fence beneath some trees. Many chose the shade, a few others grabbed umbrellas for shade in the metal bleachers.

Match Gallery: by David Falk at Facebook.com/EvergreenPremierLeague

Ralston started quickly, putting WestSound up 1-0 in the 9th minute. Graham Davidson provided the service.

Twelve minutes later Wenatchee United drew level. A free kick was awarded a few yards beyond the penalty box. Adrian Espinoza stepped up to take it and delivered a shot that lofted over the WestSound wall and past goalkeeper Jordan Hadden. (See photo sequence). It was 1-1 in the 21st minute.

IMG_7426

IMG_7427

IMG_7428

IMG_7429

IMG_7430
Wenatchee’s #7 Adrian Espinoza celebrates with his mates after scoring a free kick goal. (David Falk)

The visiting Wenatchee side took the lead in the 45th minute when Eleazar Galvan got his seventh goal of the season. His shot from the left side hit off of a WestSound defender and settled into the back of the net.

The first half saw one official stoppage of play for a water break. Players were instructed to stay on the field and water was tossed their way as the clock continued to run.

WestSound rallied in the second half as Ralston continued to shine and they got a free kick goal of their own.

Kevin Skinner provided the assist for a Ralston goal in the 63rd minute as the match drew even 2-2.

WestSound FC took the lead in the 70th when Graham Davidson planted a perfect free kick shot to the right of Wenatchee goalkeeper Colin Benham-Marin. It was 3-2 home side.

Colin Ralston reacted in stunned amazement after he completed his hat trick in the 72nd minute. He stayed with a play that saw his first shot hit the left post and then kindly bounce right back to his feet. He calmly shot the rebound in to make the score 4-2 WestSound.

The Silverdale gang’s season (3-10-1) is now complete and they were happy to end it with a victory. Wenatchee United (5-8-0) has one more match to play, next Sunday in Spokane.

All smiles for WestSound after Graham Davidson (second from left) scored a free kick zinger to put the home team up 3-2 in the 70th minute. (David Falk)
All smiles for WestSound after Graham Davidson (second from left) scored a free kick zinger to put the home team up 3-2 in the 70th minute. (David Falk)
Colin Ralston raises his arms after completing his hat trick, the first in club history. (David Falk)
Colin Ralston raises his arms after completing his hat trick, the first in club history. (David Falk)
WestSound says goodbye to their 2014 season. (David Falk)
WestSound says goodbye to their 2014 season. (David Falk)

The following partners and sponsors are crucial to growing the Evergreen Premier League. Please visit their websites! Want to connect with the EPLWA or one of our clubs? Contact us at: EPLWA2014@gmail.com.

goalwa-partners

OFFICIAL MEDIA PARTNER

www.goalWA.net

ruffneck-partners

OFFICIAL SOCCER SCARVES PARTNER

www.RuffneckScarves.com 

westcoast-partners

OFFICIAL GOALKEEPER GEAR PARTNER

www.WestCoastGoalkeeping.com

code-4-partners

OFFICIAL TRAINING GEAR PARTNER

www.CodeFourAthletics.com

banner_web_wide

OFFICIAL GRAPHIC DESIGN PARTNER 

www.VikingDesignStudio.com

goalazo-natsportsfuelOFFICIAL NATURAL SPORTS FUEL PARTNER

www.VivaGolazo.com

Advertisements

2 Comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s