The 2015 Evergreen Premier League season came to a close on Sunday July 26 with three matches that saw 14 goals scored. Standings places were finalized with the Olympic Force finishing fourth in their debut season.
VANCOUVER, WA—A monumental second half of the season slide was finally halted at McKenzie Stadium on July 26 as the Vancouver Victory (8-5-1, 25 points) got their first win in seven matches, 3-2 over Yakima United FC (4-7-3, 15 points) before 228 fans.
In the 8th minute Victory defender Tim Kagey was called for a foul in the penalty box. Cesar Rodriguez converted to give the Hoppers a 1-0 lead.
Timur Zhividze was a threatening force for the home side all match long. He was the man who stepped up to the spot after a hand ball call against Yakima in the 17th minute. Zhividze converted the penalty kick (his 7th goal of the year) to level the match at 1-1.
Vancouver took the lead just a minute later. A shot by Timur was saved by Yakima, then the loose ball was challenged by Zak Naylor who hit it off of the sprawling keeper with the ball squirting out to midfielder Tracy Hasson who scored in the 18th minute from 12 yards out. 2-1 Vancouver.
The Victory increased their advantage as V2FC forward Bobby Hutchin scored off of a pass across the goal mouth by Zhividze, who was slotted through on a beautiful ball by Carter Johnson at the 31 minute mark.
Yakima crept back into the match with a goal from Hector Valdovinos (his 8th of the year) in the 53rd minute.
Bellingham United FC 5-2 Seattle Stars FC
BELLINGHAM, WA—The Hammers used a five-goal second half to spring past the Stars at Civic Stadium before 475 fans. Seattle was ahead 1-0 at the half on a 10th minute goal from Ernesto Bueno. The Hammers’ offense arrived after the break as they scored four times in a 24-minute span from the 50th to the 74th minutes.
Conlon Kiffney drew the home side level in the 50th with a shot from the top of the penalty area. It was 2-1 BUFC in the 60th after Kurtis Pederson got a ball from Tyler Bjork and let fly with a long-range strike from nearly 35 yards out in the 60th minute.
In the 69th minute Trevor Bartles connected on a cross from Kyle Witzel to make it 3-1. Then in the 74th Tyler Bjork found the bottom right corner of the goal, giving the United a 4-1 lead on an assist from Christian Thode.
The clubs exchanged late goals. Juan Olivares netted in the 76th for Seattle and Nathan Reitz completed the match in the 90th for the Hammers.
Wenatchee FC 1-1 South Sound FC
CHELAN, WA—The 2015 EPLWA season came to a close in an unlikely place, Sargent Field in Chelan. The 6 PM match was attended by 209 fans, many of whom were their to see hometown player Eleazar Galvan play for WFC. Galvan led Chelan High School to a state title during his school days.
Edwin Tinoco gave the Capitals (5-6-3, 18 points) the lead in the 32nd minute. Before the half, but just barely, the Shock (8-1-5, 29 points) evened the match 1-1 when Micah Wenzel found Isidro Prado-Huerta, who scored his second of the year.
There were chances in the second half, but in the end the clubs settled for the draw. Wenatchee remained unbeaten at “home” all time against South Sound. The Shock finished second in the table and ended up with five draws and just one loss.