Sporting Everett FC started out the new year with a big 10-8 road win in Olympia against the Oly Town Artistians at the Evergreen State College Pavilion.
Eight different Sporting players found the scoreline, including veteran goalkeeper, Jeff Renslo. Renslo took advantage of the short Pavillion pitch and rocketed a ball from just inside the half line. Jordan Correa would score Sporting’s second goal at the 8th minute mark in the first period.
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Sporting’s defense steped up in the second period as they only allowed one goal in the half and shut out Oly Town in the second frame.
On the offensive end, Sporting scored three more goals in the first half from Mark Conrad, Brayton Knapp and Mitch Reinhart, to take a 5-1 lead at half time.
Sporting continued their attack in the 3rd period as they scored three more goals to make it 8-2. Corey Hendrickson netted two of the scores while Carlos Betancourt had the other.
In the fourth period, Oly Town shook off their holiday hang over and ignited with four unanswered goals. Finally Everett stopped the bleeding when Correa scored on a penalty kick, just inside three minutes left in the period. WISL All-Star and former Arlington Aviator, Andrew Escalante closed and locked the door on any hopes of an Oly Town Comeback with a goal at 1:25.
“We really needed to start the year off right, plus winning on the road is always huge,” said Escalante. “OLY town is a tough team and they showed no one can afford to take their foot off the pedal.We were able to dig deep and put the game away.”
The win puts Everett at 3-3 on the year and gives them momentum going into their rematch against cross-county rival: The Snohomish Skyhawks.