Hoppers, Force duplicate last year’s 6-5 final; Wenatchee grabs win at Seattle

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Jaeger Skifstad scored a hat trick for Olympic Force on July 16. (Kurt DeVoe)

In 2015 Yakima United and the Olympic Force played a wild 6-5 match at Marquette Stadium in Yakima that seemed at the time like one of those rare offensive occasions in soccer. Maybe not so rare. Perhaps an annual event? It happened again, this time at Gordon Field in Bremerton on July 16 as both clubs combined for 11 goals in another 6-5 Hoppers win.

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Olympic Force 5-6 Yakima United

The match featured a stellar debut for Jaeger Skifstad of the Force. He scored a hat trick in a losing effort. On the other side defender Dennis Stevenson scored twice and assisted on another Yakima goal.

Match photo gallery from Kurt Devoe here.

When the dust had settled and the scoreboard lights were flickering in surrender, the clubs had tied their goals total record from last season’s match.

The Force had led 2-0 and then 4-3 at the end of a whiz-bang first half.

Even in stoppage time the scoring continued. An own goal by the Force made it 6-4 Yakima before olympic got Jaeger’s 3rd strike to pull back to 6-5.

OLY – Miles Nilsen (8th minute)
OLY – Jaeger Skifstad (13) (Shawn Kimball)
YAK – Hector Valdovinos (18) (Dennis Stevenson)
YAK – Antonio Ruiz (21) (Missael Lopez)
YAK – Missael Lopez (30) (Carlos Magana)
OLY – Shawn Kimball (33) (Bennett Bugbee)
OLY – Jaeger Skifstad (35) (Matt Hoyt)
YAK – Dennis Stevenson (47)
YAK – Dennis Stevenson (Hector Valdovinos)(81)
YAK – Own goal (90+)(OLY)
OLY – Jaeger Skifstad (90+)

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That ‘CW’ winning feeling. (WFC Facebook)

Seattle Stars 1-2 Wenatchee FC

The Central Washington winners theme continued on Sunday July 17 as Wenatchee FC took a 2-1 win over the Seattle Stars at French Field in Kent.

Eleazar Galvan’s goal:

Tyler Bjork scored his league-leading 11th goal for the Stars, but the Capitals answered back with goals from Eleazar Galvan and Dylan Avey.

SEA – Tyler Bjork (15th minute)
WEN – Eleazar Galvan (18)
WEN – Dylan Avey (60)

The video below captures Avey’s second half winner from a distance.

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Stars and Caps huddle at French Field. (Seattle Stars FB)
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