The six games played July 23-24 in the Evergreen Premier League have helped decide the 2016 Champions. Vancouver Victory FC got the result they needed and added to their win total on Sunday to raise the Evergreen Premier League Trophy presented by Ruffneck Scarves. A heated race continues for second place as well as other spots in the table.
Yakima United 1-2 Bellingham United (Saturday, July 23)
Bellingham United got two first half goals from Luke Olney to hold off Yakima United at Marquette Stadium. It was the Hammers’ first-ever win in Yakima. The Hoppers answered with a penalty kick conversion from Dennis Stevenson in the second half. The win kept the Hammers alive in the race for the EPLWA trophy.
Vancouver Victory 2-3 Spokane Shadow (Saturday July 23)
The Vancouver Victory failed to clinch the EPLWA trophy at home before 442 fans at Harmony Sports Complex as the Spokane Shadow handed the Victory their first loss of the season. Fernando Alvarez scored a hat trick for Spokane, including a penalty kick conversion. Vancouver’s goals came from Erick Urzua (penalty kick) and Christo Michaelson.
South Sound 3-2 Bellingham United (Sunday, July 24)
In the match that finalized the Evergreen Premier League race South Sound FC took an early lead on a goal from JJ Schmeck in the 3rd minute. The Hammers fought to stay alive and scored twice soon after. In 8th minute Kurtis Pederson made it 1-1. In the 21st minute Rene Caro made it 2-1 BUFC. It stayed that way until the late stages. In the 76th minute the Shock drew level on a goal by Danny Minniti. Needing a win to stay alive (a draw would not do) the Hammers instead were bolted by a winner from South Sound in the 80th minute from Cody Crook.
Olympic Force 2-3 Vancouver Victory (Sunday, July 24)
The Victory were ahead 2-0 when they got the news that Bellingham had been eliminated. The match finished out with a 3-2 win for the Champions. V2FC took the lead when Erick Urzua converted a penalty kick in the 26th minute. In the 54th minute Christo Michaelson rose up and headed V2FC into a 2-0 advantage. It was 3-0 63rd when Michaelson converted a second awarded V2FC PK. The Force came back with goals from Bryan Weathington and Izzy Deluna to make the final score 3-2. The Victory were awarded their trophy, medals and scarves after the match.
Wenatchee FC 0-6 Spokane Shadow (Sunday, July 24)
The Spokane Shadow drubbed homestanding Wenatchee FC at the Apple Bowl. Joel Duncan tallied a goal and two assists in the match while youth development player Chase Reidt provided a goal and assist. Other goals in the rout came from Fernando Alvarez, Trevan Estrellado, Michael Mollay and Anthony Mota.
Seattle Stars 1-0 Yakima United (Sunday July 24)
The lone goal in Seattle’s win at French Field came in the 73rd minute when Tyler Bjork converted on an asist from Aty Taylor.