As a first year club in the Premiere Arena Soccer League Northwest (PASL-NW), Seattle Sporting has accomplished a lot. Led by Arena Soccer coaching veteran Craig Otto, Sporting went on a tear this year, blasting through the long-established PASL institutions that were: The Snohomish Skyhawks, the defending champion Tacoma Galaxy (Later folded, South Sound Shock took over their schedule) and the Vancouver Tropics.
Their success in their inaugural season landed them in the PASL-NW ‘s championship game against the Olympic Force in Bremerton at the Olympic Soccer Center.
As anticipated, the game got off to a and physical start as both teams rambled up and down the pitch blasting quality shots on goal. One of Sporting’s shots seemed to hit the back of the net but the Referee ruled it a “no goal.”
“We anticipated a physical game, every game with them has been that way. The physical play helped them out a lot. “We dominated first quarter when we stayed out of the physical battles with them. However, their physical play was able to pull us out of our game plan and it got in our heads,” said Sporting’s Corey Hendrickson.
At the end of the first quarter, the score was knotted at 0-0.
The 2nd period would be a different story as Olympic found their offensive grove and put 4 goals past Sporting to take a 4-0 lead at half time.
The 3rd Period started out much like the first frame as both clubs battled back and forth. Sporting saw several good looks at a goal but the ball agonizingly clanked off the posts or trickled just over the goal line, but not all the way in.
Force goalie Marshall Reese would play the game of his life, standing on his head to make 31 saves on 32 Sporting Shots on goal.
Sporting’s first and only goal came late in the game off a crisp shot from Lucas Dourado. However, Olympic would score one more goal to put the game out of reach at 5-1, which would be the final.
“The ball came my way popped up and I just decided to shoot it no matter what or where it was and got lucky. We pressured well, and involved the whole team. Had that goal ( a disputed play earlier in the match) been ruled in, the game story would have been different I guarantee it,” said Dourado.
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