The Olympic Force Men's team is in a place they have never been in a regular season, indoor or outdoor.
With the indoor team, the Force Men have experienced a stellar record and have only lost 3 regular season games in 3 seasons. This form has always kept them at the top of the table without concerns for missing the playoffs. With the outdoor team, it has been a different story. The Force have struggled in their previous two seasons in the EPLWA and this year have turned things around.
While they dropped their season opener to league leading Seattle Stars, they followed that up with a 5 game unbeaten streak that saw them take all 3 points in 3 straight games and should have been 4 if not for an awful non penalty call away at Yakima. That being said the Force went to Vancouver and dropped a tough game in which they actually held the lead early thanks to Alex Bradbury's strike. Ultimately the Force would lose that game 3-1 to round out the half way point of the season at 3-2-2 and in 4th place.
Right on the edge of going up or going down the table, the men will see Bellingham United for the first time this season on Saturday the 24th at 4.45pm at South Kitsap High School Stadium. A win this weekend could vault the Force as high as second in the table, while a loss would certainly make the rest of the season a fight with help needed if they are to try and finish the season on top. "It's a bummer that the men's league doesn't do playoffs like the women's league does. We really feel like on any given day we can take 3 points from anyone and it's our defense that gives us that chance." says GM, Micah McMonagle.
The Force are in 4th place but have given up the second fewest goals on the season. A solid defense means they haven't needed a lot of goals to win games but they haven't scored too many either as they fall 3 from the bottom in that category. "I think it's a better problem this way, I think it is easier to try and find goals when you aren't giving any up than it is to try and outscore someone. Last year we scored quite a few goals, but we weren't keeping much out either. This year we have won a few one goal games and that happens late in games when you are able to push on a team that is frustrated that they can't find a way through your back line the whole game. If you aren't giving up any goals, you always feel like you're in it." said McMonagle
You can come out and watch the start to the second half of the season on Saturday. CLICK HERE for tickets.