Wenatchee FC seeks EPLWA breakthrough against Seattle tonight in Apple Capital

Wenatchee FC seeks EPLWA breakthrough against Seattle tonight in Apple Capital

The Seattle Stars (navy) beat Wenatchee FC (yellow) for the third straight time, 2-1 on opening day of the 2015 EPLWA season (Wilson Tsoi).

wfc_2015WENATCHEE, WA— One thing that the Capitals of Wenatchee FC have never done—is beat the Seattle Stars. In three meetings so far WFC has lost 2-1, 5-1 and 2-1.

The first meeting in June of 2014 set the tone. Wenatchee lost a heartbreaker 2-1 in stoppage time. A few weeks later it wasn’t close as the Stars romped 5-1 at Starfire.

The 2015 Evergreen Premier League season began back in April with this match-up leading the way as the first match of the year. Played at Goddard Stadium in Everett, Seattle bolted out to a 2-0 lead and held on to remain unbeated against Wenatchee. 

“The streak has to end sometime,” says Wenatchee co-owner Javier Reyna. “It might as well be tonight.” The Capitals had a streak of their own going into last weekend’s match in Yakima. They had beaten their Central Washington rivals Yakima United FC three straight. Then YUFC got a stoppage time goal from Hector Valdovinos to earn a 3-3 draw. Reyna knows what a blow that was to the Capitals title hopes. “We needed to win that one,” he says. “A draw on the road against a rival is usually a good result, but this time we needed all three points.”


Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 9.34.52 PMThe Capitals are a solid fourth in the current table. They only have four matches left to play in their second season. They have clinched a better point total than they had in 2014 no matter what happens the rest of the way. They have already matched last seasons 5 wins.

It’s been a season away from the Apple Bowl Stadium, which is getting a new surface over the summer. Instead, Mike Hollis Field on the campus of Wenatchee Valley Community College has become home. It has a nice grass pitch but spectator comforts are minimal.

The Capitals won’t be at home for a month after Saturday night’s match. They play South Sound FC on July 26 in a home match that doesn’t have an announced venue yet. In between the Capitals will travel to Spokane (July 11) and Bellingham (July 18). The EPLWA is taking the July 4 weekend off.

Eleazar Galvan leads Wenatchee and the league in goals with 11. Adrian Espinoza scored a brace last week in Yakima and now has 4 on the season.



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