The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
SNOHOMISH, Wash. — The Snohomish Skyhawks have been playing in the PASL since 2006. In their history they have a playoff win over the Tacoma Stars in a thriller at the Tacoma Soccer Center back in 2007 that moved them on to nationals. Yet many of us have never heard much about this indoor club that plays in the Snohomish Soccer Dome. So we asked player Corey Hendrickson to give us some insight.
“Our head coach is Vasco Rubio. We have lots of guys from northwest colleges. Many of us have been playing together for a few years now and we’re really starting to click with one another,” Corey says.
This cohesion showed early on as the Skyhawks bolted out to a perfect 2-0-0 start after wins over Arlington and Wenatchee.
Rubio has been with the Skyhawks since their inception. He has a background with the indoor game. “I played for many years professionally in the CISL (including with the Seattle SeaDogs) watching and learning from guys like Preki, Tatu, Brian Schmetzer, and Fernando Clavijo, to name a few. The game is very fast-paced and much like hockey. I try to teach our guys patience and awareness. Indoor to me is all about creating mistakes and from that you get your opportunities to capitalize. Our league is a developmental league so I also try to instill in these guys some professional attitude. If they get to the next level, they will be ready for what is thrown at them.”
“Our main goalscorers are gonna be Hector Rodriguez and Devin Mendiola.,” Hendrickson continues. ”We have a few other role players that will contribute from time to time such as Alex Taylor, Geoff Marks, Eric Jasmine. Our defense is solidified by Jason Hatcher, captain Micah Williams and me switching between defense and forward depending on what we need.”
The Skyhawks saw their two-match streak stopped when they dropped an 8:4 home decision to Wenatchee before the break. Still, Snohomish is only giving up four goals per match so far, tied for best in the division.
“In goal we have John Newberry. He brings pro experience, great footwork and awesome communication in the back as well as some of the best goalkeeper distributing in the game. Despite making the Tacoma stars, Newberry decided to play with us as he was 3rd string and felt playing with us would further help him grow as a player.”
Hendrickson describes the environment at the Soccer Dome as having a little bit of something for everyone.
“Match nights kiff-off starts usually at 7 PM with doors opening around 6:15-6:30. Tickets are $5 at the door, free for ages two and under. They sell beer and food. We have floor level seating to watch through the windows as well as a full upper deck to watch from above. About 200 seats are available. Quite a bit of parking, too.”
“Our games definitely have a family-friendly environment. We always invite everyone, both our fans and visiting fans, to join us at El Paraiso after our home games for dinner!”
Remaining Skyhawks home matches at the Soccer Dome:
Saturday January 19, 7 PM against local rivals Marysville Ruckus
Saturday February 9, 7 PM against WSA Rapids