by Merrick Parnell
The Arlington Aviators dropped their Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) opener, 4-2 against the Wenatchee Fire at home in a fierce defensive battle.
The Aviators jumped out to a quick lead as Aaron Burns netted the first goal of the Aviators WISL season, on a crisp pass from Winfred Smith. Wenatchee would answer just a few minuets later on a Yonathan Rodriguez goal.
In the second period, both teams would score on unassisted goals from Arlington’s Lupe Rodriguez and Wenatchee’s Juan Barboza. As the game progressed into the third period, both teams battled hard; with both keepers making dramatic saves to keep the period scoreless.
“I felt focused and like I was in the zone, and my team did a good job in blocking shots,” Said Arlington Goalie, Erik Cruz.
Midway into the final period, Wenatchee assembled a relentless offensive attack that scored two unanswered goals to take the game out of reach for Arlington, and seal a Fire win.
This was just the second time in two seasons that Arlington had lost at home at Soccer First Arena, a place that has proven difficult for visiting teams to be successful.
“I want to thank all the fans that showed up last night and we are glad to give them an entertaining game,” said Arlington head coach Dagi Kesim. “We had a good first half but didn’t stick to the game plan second half. We will work hard and spread that good soccer through the full game and make you all proud. ”
Arlington (ARL)- Goal: #26 Aaron Burns (Ast: #12 Winfred Smith)
Wenatchee (WEN)- Goal: #16 Yonathan Rodriguez (Ast: #3 Johnathan Rodriguez)
ARL- Goal: #10 Lupe Rodriguez (Unassisted)
WEN- Goal: #9 Juan Barboza (Unassisted)
WEN- Goal #8 Jamie Richards (Unassisted)
WEN – Goal #10 Adrian Espinoza (Unassisted)
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