Week four of the Evergreen Premier League season is upon us and there certainly are some interesting matches to look forward to. We’ve got two clubs still in search of their first win, a chance for a change at the top of the table, and another weekend to see if home teams can finally start winning matches.
The Force (0-2-0) host their third straight home match to start their inaugural season in the EPLWA. This time the foe is South Sound FC (2-0-1), and there is some familiarity between players on both sides thanks to indoor play in the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL). The Shock are two points behind Vancouver for top of the table. On paper this is their match to win. Last season against the WestSound FC Men they won 2-0 in Silverdale and 3-0 in Tacoma. South Sound will once again play twice over the weekend. On Sunday they play the Sounders U23. The Force will be looking for a more consistent offensive attack and to score first. In both of their previous two matches they fell behind 3-0 early before settling in and competing well.
These two programs seem headed in opposite directions this season. The Stars (1-1-1) can rightfully say that all three of their matches have had plenty of positives. A win over Wenatchee, a close 3-2 loss to projected contenders South Sound FC, and then a big road point in Spokane. Now Seattle hosts Bellingham United (0-3-0), a side that has struggled mightily out of the gate. The Hammers have played good stretches of soccer, but they also have been way too generous on defense, allowing 13 goals in just three matches. Last year the Hammers came down to Tukwila and poked the Stars 4-0. The return leg in Bellingham was a different story. That one ended 3-3. In 2014 the Hammers started 3-0-0 and then faded. They will be looking for a turn-around in Tukwila.
|EVERGREEN PREMIER LEAGUE||Pts||GP||W||L||T||GF||GA||GD|
|VANCOUVER VICTORY FC||9||3||3||0||0||11||4||+7|
|SOUTH SOUND FC||7||3||2||0||1||10||5||+5|
|YAKIMA UNITED FC||4||3||1||1||1||7||5||+2|
|SEATTLE STARS FC||4||3||1||1||1||5||5||0|
|BELLINGHAM UNITED FC||0||3||0||3||0||2||13||-11|
It’s an early-season battle between projected contenders as Vancouver (3-0-0) visits Spokane (1-0-1). The Victory have been scoring nearly four goals per match. Their roster is mostly new with a bolstering from a handful of talented college players. The Shadow also have an elite college roster. They will be looking to play better than they did in the second half last week at home against Seattle. Last year the clubs drew 1-1 in Spokane and then the Shadow got a big 2-1 win in Vancouver late on in their drive to the top of the table. INWsoccerNews.com previews the match here and visits with Victory defender James Williamson, who will be coming home for the match. “This is a big game for us,” Williamson says in the preview. “If we (V2FC) get the win, that will really separate us from the rest of the group.”
The “Central Washington Derby” doesn’t have an official name yet, but it certainly is gaining momentum as a match-up to watch. Last year the Capitals beat the Hoppers 3-1 in Wenatchee and 4-0 in Yakima to stake a claim as best in the region. This year YUFC is off to a solid start and can take inspiration from their big win at Bellingham. “We’ve never beaten Wenatchee – they beat us both times last year so I think we definitely owe them one, but we’ll see,” Hoppers GM Josh Vega tells INWsoccerNews.com. “Hopefully we can get three points there. There’s a bit of a who’s the best in CW type of thing going on there and believe me, we think we’re the best Central Washington has to offer and hopefully we can prove that this weekend. It won’t be easy. Wenatchee is a good team and they always try to play attractive football. Should be a great match for neutrals.”
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