In Week 6 of the Evergreen Premier League season, the home teams came out and took control of things for the first time this season, winning four of the five matches to improve the league record to an even 11-11-2. The duel at the top of the table continued with South Sound getting another win to take the lead for a day before Vancouver kept its perfect status intact and moved back atop the standings.
WEEK 6 RECAP
Friday, May 29
Olympic Force 5 :: 6 Yakima United
The Hoppers and Force put on quite a show. Yakima looked like it was going to cruise to a big home win with three goals in the first eight minutes with William Pineda kicking things off three minutes in with a nice curling shot. Dennis Stevensen found Andres Ruiz three minutes later and Jesse Esquivel set up Junior Garcia in the eighth. Then Olympic began to fight back.
In the 20th, Roland Demombynes put them on the board only to see the Hoppers immediately restore the three-goal margin through Hector Valdovinos in the 32nd. The Force weren't done just yet though and made it 4-2 at the break with a goal from Miles Nilsen in the 35th via the penalty spot.
Olympic pulled within one in the 56th courtesy of Diego Aceves, but Yakima once again pushed the lead back to three with high school standout Noe Meza scoring in the 62nd and setting up Junior Garcia four minutes later. Olympic did not quit though and made a last-minute run. Kyle Schoales scored in the 83rd, but the final goal, from Daniel Wiseman, came too late in the 90th minute.
Scoring Summary - OLY: Rolan Demombynes 20, Miles Nilsen (pen) 35, Diego Aceves 56, Kyle Schoales 83, Daniel Wiseman 90; YAK: William Pineda 3, Andres Ruiz (Dennis Stevenson) 6, Junior Garcia (Jesse Esquivel) 8, Hector Valdovinos 32, Noe Meza 62, Junior Garcia (Noe Meza) 66
Goalkeepers - OLY: Spencer Miele; YAK: Jacob Rhoads
Location - Marquette Stadium (Yakima); Attendance: 252
Saturday, May 30
Olympic Force 1 :: 5 Wenatchee FC
Galvan kicked off his spree three minutes into the second period on a ball from Edwin Tinoco and then added his second three minutes later via Adrian Espinoza. In the 57th Epinoza connected with Tinoco to push the lead to three and Galvan capped things off in the 71st via Francisco Medina.
Scoring Summary - OLY: MacKenzie Bond (Kyle Schoales) 19; WEN: Olegario Orozco (Matheus Correa) 31, Eleazar Galvan (Edwin Tinoco) 48, Galvan (Adrian Espinoza) 51, Tinoco (Espinoza) 57, Galvan (Francisco Medina) 71
Goalkeepers - OLY: Spencer Miele; WEN: Mauricio Sanchez
Location - Mike Hollis Field, WVC (Wenatchee); Attendance: 158
Yakima United 0 :: 2 Spokane Shadow
Scoring Summary - SPO: Brady Ulen 45+, Zach Hamer (Kazuki Tateishi) 68
Goalkeepers - YAK: Jacob Rhoads; SPO: Jeff Srock
Location - Spokane Falls CC Stadium (Spokane); Attendance: 437
Seattle Stars 0 :: 3 South Sound
The Shock posted their second shutout of the campaign, but the victory would not come until the second half when Tyler John broke the stalemate early in the period. Micah Wenzel added some insurance in the 66th and Brandon Madsen capped the game in the 89th as Chris Kintz picked up his league-leading second clean sheet. The win moved the Shock into first momentarily as Vancouver moved back in front the following day.
Scoring Summary - SS: Tyler John (Scotty Hanson) 46, Micah Wenzel Danny Minneti) 66, Brandon Madsen (Troy Peterson)
Goalkeepers - SEA: NA; SS: Chris Kintz
Location - Harry Lang Stadium (Lakewood); Attendance: 156
Sunday, May 31
Vancouver Victory 3 :: 0 Bellingham United
Nothing new in this one. Vancouver kept things perfect while the Hammers remain pointless, literally. The Victory put two on the board in the first half with Alex Segovia opening things up 10 minutes in and Alex Nimo netting with four minutes left. Defender James Partee made a goal-line clearance in the 51st to help preserve the shutout for Arne Niermann on the day and Borce Atanasoc capped things off on a ball from Timur Zhividze, who created the goal with a fantastic run in the 80th.
Scoring Summary - VAN: Alex Segovia 10, Alex Nimo 41, Borce Atanasov (Timur Zhividze) 80
Goalkeepers - VAN: Arne Niermann; BEL: Avery Miller
Location - Civic Stadium (Bellingham); Attendance: 702
INWsn's THREE STARS IN EPLWA
Eleazar Galvan (Wenatchee FC) :: Tallied a hat-trick in the second half that decided a contest that was 1-1 at the break, giving the Capitals a 5-1 win over Olympic.
Junior Garcia (Yakima United) :: Scored the third goal in the first eight minutes for the commanding early lead, and then netted what proved to be the 6-5 game-winner versus Olympic in the second half
Jeff Srock (Spokane Shadow) :: Had an excellent performance in goal, denying several great scoring opportunities by Yakima in a 2-0 shutout performance, making a few quick reaction stops from close range efforts and a fantastic one-on-one stop versus Hector Valdovinos on a first half breakaway.
COMING UP IN WEEK 7
Saturday, June 6
Spokane Shadow @ South Sound - 1:00
The two sides that took the race for the inaugural league title down to the final day of the season will square off for the first time since the Shadow took the crown by a single point. Spokane used a 1-1 draw at South Sound early last season to turn the campaign around after two losses at home to open the season and then edged the Shock 1-0 at home later in the campaign.
Yakima United @ Olympic Force - 5:00
The Hoppers make the return trip to Olympic a week after winning the thrilling goal-fest in central Washington. Last year, the Hoppers wrapped up their road slate at WestSound with a 3-2 victory in Bremerton.
Vancouver Victory @ Seattle Stars - 6:00
The two square off for the first this season. The two have a history of close matches. A year ago Vancouver won 1-0 at Seattle early in the season and then claimed a 3-2 win at home in mid-June.
Sunday, June 7
Spokane Shadow @ Olympic Force - 9:30 AM
The Shadow face the newcomers for the first time. Last year, the Shadow posted a 3-0 victory in Bremerton to open their road slate.
Bellingham United @ Wenatchee - 6:00
Wenatchee will be looking to get some vengeance in their first meeting this season after suffering a pair of big losses a year ago. The Capitals fell at home 5-2 to the Hammers and dropped the road contest, 4-2, in Bellingham.
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