Sporting holds off Skyhawks in battle of Snoho

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Sporting Everett, held on to win, the latest edition of the “Snohomish County Derby” with a nail biting, 7-6 finish over the Snohomish Skyhawks at the Snohomish Indoor Soccer Dome. The win puts Everett over the .500 mark at 4-3 on the year, keeping them well within the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) playoff picture.

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Snohomish scored the match’s first goal, just 2 minutes in. However, Lucas Dourado would net the equalizer on a well-timed assist by Jordan Correa at 9:45. Both sides would battle back and forth in the first frame, as they both fought for the upper hand. Finally, Correa would have a goal of his own, at 6:35, after he finished a ball from, Corey Hendrickson.

WESTERN INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE STANDINGS  2015-16

(Through January 9, 2016)

Club Points Wins Losses Ties GF GA Goal + / –
OLYMPIC FORCE 15 5 1 0 48 34 +14
BELLINGHAM UNITED  12 4 1 0 45 26 +19
SPORTING EVERETT 12 4 3 0 46 52 -6
SNOHOMISH SKYHAWKS 9 3 2 0 24 31 -7
TACOMA STARS RESERVES 7 2 3 1 34 31 +3
OLY TOWN FC 4 1 4 1 32 42 -10
VANCOUVER VICTORY 0 0 5 0 22 35 -13

Top 4 clubs make the playoffs.

However, Snohomish would answer just 3 minutes later, on a power play goal, to once again tie the match at 2-2. From there, Everett would go on a scoring tear, as Eli Gordly would score Everett’s third goal of the match on a cross from Lupe Rodriguez, then Mark Conrad would tack on another tally, and James Postma would finish a Gordly pass for another Everett goal. The scoring surge gave Everett a 5-2 lead at halftime.

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In the third period, Snohomish would score on a penalty shootout goal in the second, after Everett was called for a handball, just outside of the goal box. None the less,
Everett’s defense buckled, shutting down the potent Skyhawk offense, as goalkeeper, Jeff Renslo stood on his head, to keep the Skyhawks off of the score line. Renslo would continue to be a huge force, on his way to a double digit save performance.

Everett then went to a grind it out approach, and started firing the ball on net, hoping for second chances. The approach paid off, as Snohomish’s keeper bobbled a rocketed ball on the doorstep of his crease, and Hendrickson found himself in the right place at the right time as he finished a chested ball. Correa scored his second goal of the night later on, as Everett caught Snohomish off guard in a swift and effective counter attack, allowing Douraodo to send a low cross to the sprinting Correa.

Hoping to shake off their fourth quarter woes that have haunted the Sporting club, they fought hard against the high pressure of Snohomish. Snohomish’s intense pressure paid off as they forced Everett to turn the ball over in their own end and were able to finish bringing the game within one goal, 7-6.

However, Everett was able to hold on, and win a crucial road game. Everett will play out the rest of their season away from the Nostalgic Everett Soccer Arena. Their next match will not be until, January 30th, when they travel to take on the Tacoma Star Reserves, last years WISL champs.

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