On a sweltering day around the state of Washington two big results are helping to shape the race to finish top of the table and thus win the 2016 Evergreen Premier League Championship. One of the results made history for the winning side.
Spokane Shadow 0-2 Wenatchee FC
It was the best-ever weekend in the three year history of Wenatchee FC as they topped Saturday’s solid 3-1 win over annual contenders South Sound FC with an historic 2-0 away win on Sunday at Spokane against two-time defending champs the Spokane Shadow.
The two clubs had played four previous times over the last two seasons with results as close as one goal (twice) and as far apart as six goals all going Spokane’s way for a perfect 4-0-0 all time series lead.
The clubs had both played the day before, with Spokane hosting and beating the Olympic Force 5-2. In the heat at Spokane Falls (around 90 degrees at kick off) the two clubs were sure to be testing their stamina and depth.
Wenatchee took the lead in the 25th minute when their all-time leading scorer Eleazar Galvan gave them a 1-0 lead. The Capitals defense kept doing its job in front of goalkeeper Miguel Avalos.
In the 75th minute Cristian Garcia made history seem possible. His goal doubled the lead to 2-0 for the Green and Gold.
The visitors hung on and the result changes the dynamic of the 2016 race. The Shadow remain second with 13 points but now have played 7 matches (half of their season) to get to that total. Leaders Vancouver (15 points) and contenders Bellingham (12 points) have two matches each in hand over the champs.
Meanwhile Wenatchee FC’s historic weekend sees them level their record at 3-3-0 on 9 points as they climb up to 4th in the table.
Bellingham United 4-2 Yakima United FC
The Hammers raced out to a 4-0 lead on Sunday before Yakima got two late goals back in a 4-2 win that secures third place for Bellingham in the current table.
Another kick off with temperatures in the low 90’s was followed quickly by three goals for BUFC. They scored in the 6th minute (Brendan Quilici), 15th minute (Luke Olney) and again in the 17th minute (Richard Henderson) to make it 3-0.
Richard Henderson completed a brace with a second goal in the 63rd minute to make it 4-0. The Hoppers’ situation looked hopeless but they kept trying and the payoff was two late goals to salvage some pride. Antonio Ruiz made it 4-1 in the 71st and Ceverino Garcia closed out the day at 4-2 with a goal in the 80th minute.
Bellingham keeps the heat on leaders Vancouver. They both have played five matches and stand just 3 points apart with Spokane Shadow inbetween. The Hammers host Vancouver next Sunday June 12th at 3 PM.
The Hoppers are one of two teams (Seattle Stars) that have yet to win a match so far this season.