The Rainier Conference race heated up this weekend with Oly-Pen, Washington Premier and PacNW all picking up wins and flipping places multiple times before finally settling back into the same spots they started in. Meanwhile, the one game in the Cascade Conference brought Seattle to within four points of Bellingham and gave them a six point cushion on third place Yakima United.
Read all the recaps and see the goal scorers…
Oly-Pen Force 5, Vancouver Victory 1
Joe Sammartino scored twice in the first half before Moises Manon got Vancouver to within a goal in the second half, but after that it was all Force in a 5-1 win that momentarily put them in first place in the EPLWA’s Rainier Conference. Cole Dobson scored on a pass from Jaisen Zurfluh in the 61st to make it 3-1 and then Zurfluh added insurance goals in the 66th and a PK in the 82nd to move the Force to 4-2-1. The Victory remained winless on the season falling to 0-6-1.
Oly-Pen Force goals: Joe Sammartino (’20 & ’34), Jaisen Zurfluh (’66 & ’82 PK), Cole Dobson (’61)
Vancouver Victory goals: Moises Manon (’58)
Seattle Stars 5, Tri-Cities Alliance 1
Quinn Fahling scored three times including the first two goals of the game to lead the Seattle Stars to a 5-1 win at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco on Saturday. Fahling got it started with a penalty kick in the 14th minute and Karim Piottin followed that up 14 minutes later with what proved to be the game winner. Fahling made it 3-0 in the 52nd minute before Hector Magana finally got the Tri-Cities Alliance on the board. But Fahling added one more in the 61st and Jules Mughisha finished it off with one more in the 75th. The win moved the Stars to 4-2-1 with a six point advantage over the Cascade’s third place team, Yakima United. Tri-Cities fell to 0-3-3.
Seattle Stars goals: Quinn Fahling (’14, ’52 & ’61), Karim Piottin (’30), Jules Mugisha (’75)
Tri-Cities Alliance goal: Hector Magana
Washington Premier 2, Spokane Shadow 0
The Spokane Shadow allowed an own goal in the 16th minute but stayed with Washington Premier until Kyle Rivers finally broke the game open with a goal in the 77th minute and WA Premier held on for a 2-0 win at Spokane Falls CC on Saturday evening. Carlos Rodriguez and Mike Arguello combined for the shutout and WA Premier improved to 4-2-0.
Washington Premier goals: Shadow own goal (’16), Kyle Rivers (’77)
Spokane Shadow goals: None
PacNW SC 2, Spokane Shadow 0
For the second game in a row, the Spokane Shadow played tough for a majority of the game until Tyler Bjork finally got PacNW on the board with a goal in the 80th minute and added another in the 83rd for the 2-0 win. Cameron Welty played all 90 minutes in goal for the PacNW to pick up his first shutout of the season. PacNW moved to 4-1-1 and first place in the Rainier Conference thanks to head to head tiebreakers against the Oly-Pen Force. Spokane, with their two losses over the weekend, fell to 1-4-2.
PacNW SC goals: Tyler Bjork (’80 & ’83)
Spokane Shadow goals: None