by Atif Bhatti
ARLINGTON, WA—Less than 24 hours after falling to the San Diego Sockers in the team’s first MASL match, the Stars got back into their groove with a 5-1 win over Arlington on Saturday night in WISL play. The victory keeps the Stars undefeated this season in the Western Indoor Soccer League with a 6-0-0 record while the Aviators endure their sixth consecutive game without a win.
The first half was very fast and saw an abundance of counter-attacking from both sides. The lone goal of the opening half came from the Aviators, who made sure that a power play chance due to a PJ Vargas blue card was not wasted. On the free kick following the blue card foul, the Aviators fired a shot that was initially saved by Aaron Anderson but Momo Drammeh made the finish on the backdoor to put the Aviators up 1-0.
Unfortunately for Arlington, Drammeh’s goal was the only goal the Aviators produced all night. Although it took nearly three whole quarters for Tacoma to finally get on the board, the floodgates opened once they did. The Stars scored three goals in the last six minutes of the third quarter, with Nate Ford recording an unassisted goal and Derek Johnson scoring a brace. Derek now has 14 goals in league play and 17 overall to lead the Stars. Vitalie Bulala and Jamael Cox each followed suit and added a goal of their own in the final quarter of play, effectively cementing the four-goal victory for the Stars.
The Stars, now 6-0-0 in WISL play, will have another doubleheader next weekend. On Saturday night in the Tacoma Soccer Center, the Stars will square off with the Wenatchee Fire. Tickets to Saturday’s WISL match, which is “Wingman Brewers Scarf Night,” are available online here. The following evening, Tacoma will travel back up to Kent’s ShoWare Center to face off against the Las Vegas Legends at 4:00 PT. Tickets to January 25th’s match against the Legends are available at tickets.showarecenter.com
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Artesians Comeback Falls Short in 9-8 Loss in Wenatchee
|WENATCHEE FIRE 9, OLY TOWN ARTESIANS 8|
|WENATCHEE VALLEY SPORTSPLEX||1ST||2ND||3RD||4TH||FINAL|
|Artesians (2-5-0 WISL)||2||2||0||4||8|
|Fire (3-3-1 WISL)||0||4||4||1||9|
WENATCHEE, Wash. – Willie Spurr and newcomer JC Henson each recorded a brace for the Oly Town Artesians but Wenatchee dominated the second and third quarters and scored a penalty kick goal with 6:39 left in the fourth to cement a 9-8 Western Indoor Soccer League victory at the Wenatchee Valley Sportsplex on Saturday night. The win secured at least a third place finish in the WISL for the Fire while Oly still hasn’t clinched a playoff spot with one game left in league play.
Garrett Lomanto, Issa Hassan, Nate Salveson and Greg Wolfe each scored goals for the Artesians in the loss, their fourth in a row after a two game winning streak put them in second place in the WISL at 2-1-0 in early December.
The Artesians return to action on Saturday, January 24th in a friendly against the Oly Indoor All-Stars. First kick is scheduled for 6:00 PM at Olympia Indoor Soccer. They will then wrap up the WISL regular season with a home game against the Arlington Aviators on Saturday, January 31st. That is also a 6:00 PM kick off and tickets can be purchased in advance athttp://www.olytownfc.com.
(More info and a photo gallery from this game will be available over the holiday weekend. Note: Wenatchee did not report when goals were scored and by whom in their official stats, hence no information in this post about Fire goal scorers other than what was available on social media.)