The Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) is back in action this week with all five clubs hitting the pitch on Saturday December 6.
Oly Town Artesians v. Wenatchee Fire – 6 PM / Oly Indoor Soccer
The Artesians (0-0-1) played well in their home opener against the Tacoma Stars and will need a similar effort to hang with the Wenatchee Fire (1-1-0). The Fire are in second place with four points and can jump over Tacoma and into first ahead of the Stars’ visit to Wenatchee next week. Oly Town hopes to recreate the festive atmosphere and packed house that helped them launch back on November 22. They will need to improve their defense against the Fire, who annually are high scoring. In the end it looks like goals will be scored for both sides as four players involved in the match-up are in the top seven in league scoring.
Bellingham United v. Arlington Aviators – 7:20 PM / Bellingham Sportsplex
This is a key early-season match between clubs looking for their first victory. The Aviators (0-0-1) have played just once, losing 4-2 at home to Wenatchee. Bellingham United (0-1-1) is finally at home after opening with a loss (4-3) in Tacoma and a draw (6-6) in Wenatchee. Last year when both sides were in the PASL they battled twice and Arlington eventually finished ahead of the Hammers (then called the WSA Rapids) in the standings. The Aviators won 7-4 at Bellingham and the teams drew 6-6 in Arlington. This year Arlington has a new team and Bellingham has taken the name “United” into the WISL foray. The Bellingham Sportsplex is a tough place for visitors to earn results.
Tacoma Stars v. Olympic Force – 7:30 PM / Tacoma Soccer Center
This in-season friendly came about quickly after the PASL Olympic Force (1-0-0 in PASL) became available to play. The two clubs had talked of a home and away set previously, but when the Seattle Impact Premier cancelled another match scheduled for Sunday against the Force, the Stars invited their Narrows Bridge neighbors to T-Town. Both clubs are already busy reminding indoor fans that this is a rebooted rivalry based on the Stars (2-0-0 in WISL) players from South Sound Shock and the Force players from the Kitsap Pumas. The Shock and Pumas battled in the PASL in recent years. It should be a close and exciting match for a “friendly,” with both sides eager to show they are tops in the region. The Force won their home debut in Bremerton 8-2 over Seattle Sporting. The Stars have workman-like wins over Bellingham and Oly Town.
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