Week 5 Recap: Stretch Wins For WA Premier, PacNW, Tacoma Narrows

Washington Premier 4, Everett Jets 2

The Everett Jets rallied from three goals down to make it a one goal game with half an hour to go, but Washington Premier added an insurance goal late and held on for a 4-2 win at Goddard Stadium. Eric Bunnell started the scoring for WA Premier in the 23rd and Cameron Weller added a penalty kick goal in the 40th to make it 2-0. Then in stoppage time of the first half, Alec LaBarge made it 3-0 off of Gil de la Luz’s second assist of the game.

Everett made things interesting in search of their first EPLWA win with goals by Adan Fernandez and Lamin Dampha in a five minute span between the 52nd and 57th minutes, but it was Ethan Carlson with the insurance goal in the 76th to give WA Premier the 4-2 win. They move to 2-2-0 on the season with a Wednesday game coming up against PacNW. Everett dropped to 0-4-1.

GOALS: ’23 – Eric Bunnell (Gil de la Luz) – WA Premier, ’40 – Cameron Weller (PK) – WA Premier, ’45+ – Alec LaBarge (de la Luz) – WA Premier, ’52 – Adan Fernandez – Everett, ’57 – Lamin Dampha – Everett, ’76 – Ethan Carlson (Jack Sluys) – WA Premier

PacNW 2, Bellingham United 1

Tyler Bjork scored his 74th and 75th career goals including a 90th minute penalty kick goal in leading PacNW to a 2-1 win over Bellingham United at Valley Ridge Park on Saturday night. The evening started with a PK with Richard Henderson scoring in the 9th minute to give Bellingham a 1-0 lead. The two teams played a sweltering 72 scoreless minutes after that before Bjork equalized in the 82nd minute and then scored the game winner with a PK of his own in the 90th.

The win moved PacNW to 2-1-1 with an important Wednesday night game against Washington Premier looming. Bellingham snapped their winning streak with the loss and are now 4-1-0 this season.

GOALS: ‘9 – Richard Henderson (PK) – Bellingham, ’82 – Tyler Bjork – PacNW, ’90 – Bjork (PK) – PacNW

Tacoma Narrows 3, Yakima United 1

Eddie Na scored two second half goals and Tacoma Narrows escaped the heat and Yakima with a 3-1 win at SOZO Sports on Saturday evening. It was Yakima that won the first half of the game with Luis Valle scoring the opener off of a Gilbert Bautista assist in the 26th minute. But the second half belonged to Tacoma. Na equalized in the 50th minute. Nine minutes later, Jefferson Cruz was shown a red card and Yakima played the final 30 minutes with just 10 men. Twenty minutes later, Alex Velasco scored the game winner for Narrows and Na added his second goal in the 82nd and despite Adrian Correa picking up his second yellow, Tacoma held on for the 3-1 win.

The Narrows win over Yakima, coupled with the draw in Olympia, means that there is a three way tie at the top of the South Division, each team with seven points with one week left to play.

GOALS: ’26 – Luis Valle (Gilbert Bautista) – Yakima, ’50 – Eddie Na (Alex Whiting) – Tacoma, ’79 – Alex Velasco (Neil Boyal) – Tacoma, ’82 – Eddie Na (Stephen Murray) – Tacoma

Oly Town Artesians 1, Vancouver Victory 1

After falling behind 1-0 for the fifth time this season, the Oly Town Artesians made another comeback and earned a point with a 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Victory at Black Hills High School. Vancouver started the scoring in the 11th minute when Levan Zhividze scored his league leading fifth goal of the season and the Victory took a 1-0 lead. The two teams went scoreless over the next 65 minutes including a number of saves by 16 year-old Vancouver goalkeeper Owen Purvis. But Max Hauser gathered a rebound and punched home the equalizer in the 76th minute and the two teams each took home a point in the 1-1 draw.

The tie puts Oly Town at seven points this season and they are tied with Tacoma Narrows and Yakima United on top of the South Division with just one game left. Vancouver’s point means that they are just one point off of the pace with six.

GOALS: ’11 – Levan Zhividze – Vancouver, ’76 – Max Hauser – Oly Town

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