Olympic Force knock Vancouver Victory out of title race

VANCOUVER, WA— The drop from unbeaten to eliminated was completed today for the reeling Victory of Vancouver as the Olympic Force visited McKenzie Stadium and came away with the first shutout in their EPLWA history.

Leo Potts.

Leo Potts.

Olympic_Force_Logo_2Once 7-0-0, V2FC is now 7-5-1 and can’t catch either the Spokane Shadow or the South Sound Shock for the top of the table. The Olympic Force continue to improve their form and their overall record. They are now 5-7-0 and have an eye on finishing as high a fourth place.

The Victory said goodbye to their Director of Development Sunny Dulai at halftime. Sunny is heading home to India after nearly two decades in Southwest Washington soccer.

The winning goal was scored by Leo Potts. Just minutes after he was put in via a first half substitution he connected with a Zach Hansen assist to provide all the scoring the Force would need in the 35th minute of play. It was Potts’ 3rd goal of the season.

Guilherme Atanes (Avelar) notched the shutout for Olympic, their first as an EPLWA club.

Guilherme Atanes played for Peninsula College in Port Angeles before signing with the Kitsap Pumas and then being loaned to the Olympic Force.

Guilherme Atanes played for Peninsula College in Port Angeles before signing with the Kitsap Pumas and then being loaned to the Olympic Force.

The Force were slow out of the gates this season, 1-5-0 after six matches. Since then the club has won 4 of 6. When the clubs met earlier in the season in Bremerton the Victory were scoring lots of goals and came away with a 4-2 win.

Since then Vancouver has lost vibrant attacker Borce Atanasov to the Kitsap Pumas while the Force have seen the return of Potts, goalkeeper Mike Meherg and the addition of key players loaned from the Pumas.

Vancouver has a single match remaining, July 26 at home against Yakima United FC.

Olympic Force now have 15 points with hopes of getting to 21 and fourth place. They will need to beat Seattle at home on July 19 and then upset the Spokane Shadow away on July 25 to do so.

EVERGREEN PREMIER LEAGUE – 2015  (Through July 12) Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
SOUTH SOUND FC 28 13 8 1 4 35 17 +18
SPOKANE SHADOW 26 11 8 1 2 28 11 +17
VANCOUVER VICTORY FC 22 13 7 5 1 28 14 +14
WENATCHEE FC 17 12 5 5 2 24 30 -6
OLYMPIC FORCE 15 12 5 7 0 26 33 -7
YAKIMA UNITED FC 15 13 4 6 3 26 28 -2
SEATTLE STARS FC 12 11 3 5 3 16 22 -6
BELLINGHAM UNITED FC 1 11 0 10 1 12 40 -28
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