Week 2: Yakima, WA Premier & Oly-Pen Post Road Victories

Yakima United 4, Oly Town Artesians 1

Missael Lopez scored the equalizer in the 66th minute and the eventual game winner in the 73rd to lead Yakima United to a 4-1 road win on Saturday night. Surafel Wodajo gave Oly Town a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute until a four goal barrage over an 17 minute stretch in the second half. Luis Birrueta played all 90 minutes in goal for the Hoppers.

Yakima United goals: Missael Lopez (’66 & ’77), Williams Pineda (’81), Johnny Ramirez (’83)
Oly Town Artesians goal: Surafel Wodajo (’15)

Tri-Cities Alliance 1, Spokane Shadow 1

Jake Levine gave Spokane a 1-0 lead in the 65th minute but Luis Martinez equalized in the 76th and the Tri-Cities Alliance held on for a 1-1 draw in their home opener at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco. Jose Herrera and Peter Byrne went the distance in goal for the Alliance and Shadow respectively. With the point, Spokane remained in first place in the Rainier Conference.

Tri-Cities Alliance goal: Luis Martinez (’76)
Spokane Shadow goal: Jake Levine (’65)

Washington Premier’s starting XI

Washington Premier 3, Yakima United 1

Missael Lopez continued his strong weekend putting Yakima United up 1-0 in the eighth minute at Yakima Valley College, but Micah Wenzel scored twice in the first half and Tresor Kadima added an insurance goal in the 70th minute to give the defending champion Washington Premier their first win of the season, 3-1. Mike Arguello allowed just the one goal over his 45 minutes in goal and Carlos Rodriguez kept a clean sheet in his half of play for WA Premier. With the win Saturday and despite the loss Sunday, the Hoppers sit in first place in the Cascade Conference with four points.

Washington Premier goals: Micah Wenzel (’16 & ’35), Tresor Kadima (’70)
Yakima United goal: Missael Lopez (‘8)

Oly-Pen Force 3, Seattle Stars 0

It took 61 minutes, but the Oly-Pen Force took control after Joe Sammartino was dragged down in the box and then slotted home the penalty kick to take a 1-0 lead on the Seattle Stars. Mitch Balmer added an insurance goal in the 84th and Brandt Kelly made it 3-0 in stoppage time, both assisted by Jaisen Zurfluh, and the Force left Kent with a 3-0 win, their first of the season. Marcus Martin earned the shutout in goal for the Force.

Oly-Pen Force goals: Joe Sammartino (PK ’61), Mitch Balmer (’84), Brandt Kelley (’90+)
Seattle Stars goals: None

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