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.”
The 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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