Week 6 Recap: Narrows Claims North, Oly Town & WA Premier take #2 Spots

Tacoma Narrows 2, Vancouver Victory 0

Tacoma Narrows scored two second half goals and Mike Arguello kept a clean sheet en route to a 2-0 win and first place in the EPLWA’s South Division. The two teams went scoreless in the first half at the SERA Complex in South Tacoma before Neil Boyal opened the scoring in the 51st minute and gave Narrows a 1-0 lead. With the division title and a home game in the playoffs on the line, the game remained a one goal game until Narrows finally scored an insurance goal in the 80th minute with Chris Lozano’s goal and Tacoma held on for the 2-0 win.

The win moved Narrows to 3-2-1 on the season with 10 points. They tied with the Oly Town Artesians in points but held the head-to-head goal differential tiebreaker against the Artesians and captured the South’s #1 spot. Vancouver fell to 1-2-3 with six points and ended the season as the fourth seed out of the South.

GOALS: ’51 – Neil Boyal (Zane Baumgardt) – Tacoma, ’80 – Chris Lozano (Alex Velasco) – Tacoma

Oly Town Artesians 3, Yakima United 2

Craig Johnson scored a dramatic game winner in the 88th minute and the Oly Town Artesians knocked off Yakima United, 3-2, to capture the #2 seed out of the South Division and a home playoff game. It was a tale of two halves in Olympia with Oly Town jumping out to a 2-0 lead after the first 45 minutes off of a Max Hauser goal in the 13th minute and Jason Fairhurst’s 42nd minute goal. But Yakima turned the tables in the second half behind goals from Luis Valle and Angel Alvarado to make it 2-2 with twenty minutes to play. But Joe DiCarlo found Craig Johnson in some space with time running out and Johnson buried a shot in the 88th minute to give the Artesians the 3-2 win.

The Artesians improved to 3-2-1 with 10 points this season and finished tied on points with Tacoma Narrows for first place, but lost the tiebreaker due to their 3-0 loss to Narrows earlier in the season. Yakima fell to 2-3-1 and #3 in the South.

GOALS: ’13 – Max Hauser (Alec Zimmerman) – Oly Town, ’42 – Jason Fairhurst (Hauser) – Oly Town, ’60 – Luis Valle (Jose Marquez) – Yakima, ’70 – Angel Alvarado – Yakima, ’88 – Craig Johnson (Joe DiCarlo) – Oly Town

Bellingham United 2, Everett Jets 0

Bellingham United scored twice in the second half to knock off the Everett Jets on Saturday at Goddard Stadium. The two teams went to the break with a scoreless tie but Uriel Herrera struck in the 58th minute to give United a 1-0 lead and then Richard Henderson scored on a penalty kick in the 87th minute to lift the Hammers to the two goal win. Riley Liddle kept the clean sheet in goal for Bellingham.

Bellingham improved to 5-1-0 this season and had already clinched 1st in the North. Everett fell to 0-5-1 and will be the #4 seed out of the North.

GOALS: ’58 – Uriel Herrera (Danny Fazio) – Bellingham, ’87 – Richard Henderson (PK) – Bellingham

Washington Premier 4, PacNW 2

In a battled for second place in the North and a home game in the first round of the playoffs, Washington Premier rattled off four straight goals after falling behind 2-0 early to knock off PacNW 4-2. PacNW took a quick and early lead scoring in the first minute thanks to Tyler Hardin’s strike. They then went up 2-0 after Tyler Bjork’s 32nd minute goal. But WA Premier scored three goals over two minutes of game play with a 45th minute goal by Cam Weller, a first half stoppage time goal by Mitchell Balmer, and a 46th minute goal by Jacob Baker to take a 3-2 lead in the first minute of the second half. The two teams battled the rest of the second half but a second yellow for PacNW’s Nate Jones in the 80th minute and a penalty kick goal by Brandon Gonzalez in the fourth minute of stoppage time secured the 4-2 win for WA Premier.

WA Premier improved to 4-2-0 this season and they finished with 12 points and the #2 seed out of the North. Meanwhile, PacNW fell to 2-3-1 on the season and are the #3 seed in the North. These two teams will play for a third straight time on Monday in the semifinals of the WA State Super Cup.

GOALS: ‘1 – Tyler Hardin – PacNW, ’32 – Tyler Bjork (Damian Alvarez) – PacNW, 45 – Cam Weller (Derek Johnson) – WA Premier, ’45+ – Mitchell Balmer (Weller) – WA Premier, ’46 – Jacob Baker (Johnson) – WA Premier, ’90+ – Brandon Gonzalez (PK) – WA Premier

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