The Seattle Stars had a fantastic weekend, registering two one goal wins and jumped up to second place in the Cascade Conference. Meanwhile, their former star Tyler Bjork scored twice adding to his career total with his 60th and 61st goals in his third game with PacNW SC. But the best game of the weekend was the 1-1 draw between PacNW and Oly-Pen at Starfire on Saturday, an exciting game that saw the Force pick up a point after dropping their season opener to the same squad, 7-2.
Seattle Stars 2, Vancouver Victory 1
The Seattle Stars opened up a successful weekend with a 2-1 victory in Vancouver over the Victory. The Stars built a 2-0 lead behind a 12th minute goal from Jason Rodriguez and a 47th minute goal by Marcus Machado. The Victory fought back and Gian Gargurevich made it a one goal game in the 83rd minute. But Stars goalkeeper Azimula Wardak and the Seattle defense kept the Victory from equalizing and left Southwest Washington with three points.
Seattle Stars goals: Jason Rodriguez (’12), Marcus Machado (’47)
Vancouver Victory goal: Gian Gargurevich (’83)
PacNW SC 1, Oly-Pen Force 1
In a rematch of a week one game that PacNW won 7-2, the Oly-Pen Force avenged their loss and took home a point with a 1-1 draw. The scoring in the game came in one little spurt of action in an otherwise tense defensive battle. The Force drew first blood when Gilbert de la Luz was shoved over in the box and earned a penalty kick. Jackson Moore slotted the penalty home to give the Force a 1-0 lead. Just moments later, PacNW answered and drew level when Burke Fahling scored. Both teams had excellent chances throughout including two straight shots from the Force that hit the post and the crossbar, but the game came to an end all tied up 1-1.
PacNW SC goal: Burke Fahling (’69)
Oly-Pen Force goal: Jackson Moore (’68 PK)
Tri-Cities Alliance 0, Bellingham United 0
Alliance goalkeeper Jose Herrera and Bellingham keeper Hector Rodriguez kept clean sheets in a 0-0 draw at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco on Sunday afternoon. It was a defensive struggle that included seven yellow cards between the last place and first place teams in the Cascade Conference.
PacNW SC 5, Vancouver Victory 0
Tyler Bjork opened the game with goals in the 11th and 14th minute, his 60th and 61st career EPLWA goals, to lead the PacNW to a 5-0 win over the Vancouver Victory at French Field in Kent. Bjork also added an assist to his total on Ryley Johnson’s second goal of the game. Kasey French also added one goal for the PacNW, who scored all five of their goals in a 12 minute span between the 11th and 23rd minutes.
PacNW SC goals: Tyler Bjork (’11 & ’14), Ryley Johnson (’19 & ’23), Kasey French (’18)
Vancouver Victory goals: None
Seattle Stars 3, Yakima United 2
Marcus Machado scored twice in the first half, first in the 2nd minute and again in the 44th minute and Azimula Wardak scored in the 84th minute to lead the Seattle Stars to their second win of the weekend, a 3-2 Sunday evening victory at French Field. Yakima kept the game close when Luis Birrueta made a save on a penalty kick by Jules Mugisha and then made it a one goal game on a goal by Oscar Aguilar while playing with 10 men after a red card to Julio Andrade. Wardak came on as a sub in the 82nd and scored what proved to be the game winner two minutes into his shift. The Hoppers added a goal in stoppage time but could not get the equalizer.
Seattle Stars goals: Marcus Machado (‘2 & ’44), Azimula Wardak (’84)
Yakima United goals: Oscar Aguilar (’77), Williams Pineda (’90+)