Olympic, Seattle net 4-2 wins on sunny Sunday

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The Olympic Force and Seattle Stars FC both scored 4-2 home wins on a sunny Sunday June 14 as the Evergreen Premier League table tightened. Five clubs are now within six points or less of a top three spot.

Airborn in Bremerton. (Jeff Halstead)

Airborn in Bremerton. (Jeff Halstead)

EVERGREEN PREMIER LEAGUE – 2015 (Through June 14) Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
VANCOUVER VICTORY FC 21 8 7 1 0 26 7 +19
SOUTH SOUND FC 17 8 5 1 2 26 11 +15
WENATCHEE FC 15 9 5 4 0 20 25 -5
SPOKANE SHADOW 14 7 4 1 2 18 8 +10
YAKIMA UNITED FC 10 9 3 5 1 20 22 -2
SEATTLE STARS FC 10 8 3 4 1 15 20 -5
OLYMPIC FORCE 9 9 3 6 0 20 28 -8
BELLINGHAM UNITED FC 0 8 0 8 0 7 31 -24
Olympic v. Bellingham.

Olympic v. Bellingham.

Olympic Force 4-2 Bellingham United

The Olympic Force (3-6-0, 9 points) cored early and late on Sunday at Gordon Field in Bremerton to keep Bellingham United (0-8-0, 0 points) winless on the season. Just six minutes in Zach Hansen headed a cross from Graham Davidson into the Hammers net. There were several other chances for the Force to put distance between the two sides, but Bellingham steadied their nerve. The Hammers drew level at 1-1 in the 34th minute on a goal from Lenny Kusina.

Match Photos: by Jeff Halstead and David Falk

The Force broke things open late. They took the lead in the 63rd minute when Diego Aceves cut down the left side of the penalty area and slid a shot across the goal mouth and in for his third goal of the season. It was 3-1 in the 85th when Miles Nilsen scored his fourth of the year.

The Hammers responded right away in the 86th minute to make it 3-2 on a grit and determination goal from Brendan Quilici. The match became quite spirited and Bellingham sensed a chance to draw level. They pushed up to get an equalizer but in stoppage time Leo Potts made sure the points would go to the Force as he tapped one home on a nice feed from Nilsen.

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The Hoppers break during Sunday’s match with Seattle at Goddard Stadium. (YUFC Twitter)

Seattle Stars 4-2 Yakima United

The Stars (3-4-1, 10 points) have caught the Hoppers (3-5-1, 10 points) in the standings with a 4-2 win Sunday at Goddard Stadium. Yakima began brightly with a goal in the 3rd minute that was struck by Junior Garcia and deflected in off of a Seattle player. Seattle didn’t get even until the 30th minute when Aleusey Gubark scored his first EPLWA goal.

Match Photos: by Seattle Stars

Just like the Olympic-Bellingham match, this one featured most of the goals in the second half. Yakima went up 2-1 in the 50th minute on a goal from Hector Valdovinos, his 5th of the season. From that point onward Seattle would get three straight scores to take over the match. Responding right away to the Yakima lead, Seattle scored in the 52nd thanks to Tony Clarke (scoring his first of the year.) In the 65th minute the Stars went up 3-2 when their leading scorer (3 goals) Alexus Mardari scored. In stoppage time the final score was made complete when Juan Maldonado got his second of the season to make it 4-2.

Seattle eleven. (Stars photo)

Seattle eleven. (Stars photo)

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