The Olympic Force traveled to The Evergreen State College on Saturday after the school had been shut down for two days due to "credible threats". It was an important day for the Force who were sitting in third place, their highest position in the EPLWA to date having won two games in a row. They would now be looking for their 3rd straight on a day that they would wear their new kits for the first time. It was shaping up to be an exciting day.
Colin Ralston opened the scoring just 8 minutes in on a ball that rebounded to the top of the box where he played a quick give and go with Bugbee and then laced a shot into the top right corner. It was a quick strike and the result of a lot of high pressure with and without the ball by the Force.
It was probably the youngest squad that the Force has ever put on the field for a league match with the brothers Hernandez both getting the start and youngster Brayan Torres playing significant minutes in the second half. Most of this game was about two players however, Big "DB", Damion Brown who after being away on assignment for 3 weeks has returned to drive attackers crazy. In his first game at center back, a forward for the opposition was heard yelling, "stop playing me toward the big guy, he wins $%^#%$ everything". It was more of the same this weekend against Oly Town. Attack after attack calmly turned aside by the big man. He's smooth, and calm and strong in the back and it earned him the Cervesa Modelo Man of the Match for this game.
The other player that made his presence felt, and not for the first time this season, was Bennett Bugbee. The PLU Lute had the assist in the first half to Ralston, and scored what turned out to be the game winner in the second half. The flying golden locks were everywhere on Saturday as Bennett worked both sides of the ball and put his forwards in on goal multiple times as the Force tried to extend their lead, when that didn't work out he positioned himself perfectly for a ball cut back to him from Neil McGinnis and calmly lashed it past the keeper for the second goal.
Bugbee was free to roam a little more on offense than he usually would with the return of Jordan Kollars from injury who helped anchor down the defense from his midfield position. Bennett took advantage of that freedom and earned himself the Offensive Player of the Week award in the EPLWA for last weekend. Congrats B.
Don't miss the boys this weekend when they take on last year's EPLWA Champions the Vancouver Victory at Gordon Field @ the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on June 10th. Kickoff is set for 5.45pm. For tickets: CLICK HERE
Here are a couple bonus photos from this weekend for you.