It was a striking number when Evergreen Premier League clubs scored 221 goals in the league’s debut season in 2014. That averaged out to 3.94 goals scored in each match (both teams combined).
The clubs of the EPLWA topped themselves in 2015. In the recently completed season that ran from late April to late July there were 231 goals scored over 56 matches. The 2015 average per match was 4.1.
The increase in goals points to another trend: teamwork. A whopping 105 players scored regular season goals in the EPLWA in 2015. It took 11 goals (Eleazar Galvan, Wenatchee FC) to be leading scorer in the circuit. In 2014 92 players scored goals when 13 goals (Tyler Bjork, Bellingham UTD) led the way.
The table below shows club by club total goals for 2014, 2015, the difference between each year, and 2015’s leading scorer.
|Bellingham UTD||32||23||-9||Tyler Bjork-7|
|Olympic Force (*WestSound)||15*||28||+13||Nilsen/Demombynes-4|
|Seattle Stars FC||24||19||-5||Alexei Mardari-3|
|South Sound FC||24||36||+12||John/McCluskey-5|
|Spokane Shadow||36||39||+3||Adam Talley-8|
|Vancouver Victory FC||31||31||0||Timur Zhividze-7|
|Wenatchee FC||27||27||0||Eleazar Galvan-11|
|Yakima United FC||32||28||-4||Hector Valdovinos-8|
The biggest decline in goals came from Bellingham United, who dropped from 32 to 23. The biggest gain was by the Olympic Force, who took over for WestSound FC in Bremerton. The Force scored almost twice as many goals in 2015 as WestSound had in 2014. South Sound FC also greatly boosted their output, up 12 goals. Vancouver and Wenatchee matched their totals in both years.
The highest-scoring match of 2015 came on Friday May 29 in Yakima when the Hoppers won a 6-5 goalfest over the visiting Force.
Fans voted this long strike from South Sound FC’s Daniel Gray as 2015 EPLWA “Goal of the Year.”