Week 6: Bellingham Extends Conference Lead, WA Premier Blanks PacNW

Three cross conference games went to Cascade Conference teams as Yakima, Oly Town and Bellingham each knocked off Rainier Conference opponents. Meanwhile, the one conference game this week went to Washington Premier as they kept the highest scoring team in the league off the board and tightened up the Rainier standings after week six.

Yakima United 3, Spokane Shadow 0

Ceveriano Garcia gave Yakima United the lead in the 16th minute and the Hoppers defense and goalkeeper Luis Birrueta kept the Spokane Shadow scoreless in a 3-0 win at the Polo Grounds in Spokane on Friday night. Johnny Ramirez and Williams Pineda each added insurance goals in the 60th and 76th minutes to lead Yakima to their second win of the season. They now sit at 2-3-1 with seven points, three points behind the second place Seattle Stars in the Cascade Conference.

Yakima United goals: Ceveriano Garcia (’16), Johnny Ramirez (’60), Williams Pineda (’76)
Spokane Shadow goals: None

Oly Town Artesians 2, Oly-Pen Force 1

It was the Meraz-Rodriguez show in Bremerton on Saturday afternoon where Jesus Meraz-Rodriguez scored with an assist from his brother Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez before Emilio scored what proved to be the game winner in the 76th minute of a 2-1 Oly Town Artesians win. Jesus gave the Artesians a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute before the Force evened it up in the 64th on a goal by Keeton Heggerness. 12 minutes later, Emilio fired a shot from 30 yards out and found the back of the net to make it 2-1 and the Artesians defense and goalkeeper Sawyer Price held off a run of pressure over the final ten minutes to pick up their second win of the season. The Artesians improved to 2-4-0 overall and are four points behind the second place Seattle Stars in the Cascade Conference. Meanwhile, the Force dropped to 3-2-1 but despite the loss, they remain tied atop the Rainier Conference with PacNW SC with 10 points.

Oly Town Artesians goals: Jesus Meraz-Rodriguez (’23), Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez (’76)
Oly-Pen Force goal: Keeton Heggerness (’64)

Washington Premier 2, PacNW SC 0

Washington Premier and goalkeeper Mike Arguello held the EPLWA’s highest scoring team scoreless in a 2-0 home win on Saturday evening. Bubacar Touray gave WA Premier an early 1-0 lead with a goal in the 15th minute and the one goal difference would last until Masahiro Fukushima gave WA Premier some breathing room in the 87th minute. Washington Premier moved to 3-2-0 and moved to within a point of both PacNW SC and Oly-Pen in the Rainier Conference standings.

Washington Premier goals: Bubacar Touray (’15), Masahiro Fukushima (’87)
PacNW SC goals: None

Bellingham United 4, Vancouver Victory 0

Bellingham United exploded for four goals in the first half and then coasted to a resounding 4-0 win over the Vancouver Victory on Sunday afternoon. Richard Henderson scored twice, opening the scoring in the 20th minute and adding his second in the 36th. Eleazar Galvan assisted two goals and Hector Gutierrez went the distance and made three saves for the shutout. Bellingham improved to 5-0-2 and extended their lead in the Cascade Conference to seven points over the Seattle Stars. Vancouver continued their tough season, dropping to 0-5-1.

Bellingham United goals: Richard Henderson (’20 & ’36), Christian Rotter (’22), Georg Choelwa (’43)
Vancouver Victory goals: None


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