February 2, 2013: Jimenez Runs Roughshod over Ruckus
The Rapids continued their unbeaten home streak (4 wins), defeating the Marysville Ruckus 12-2 in an exciting performance. Head coach mark Lackey explained, “ That’s just how the league is. When you’re playing in front of your home crowd with a full squad it gives the team that extra boost that they need to stay focused.” The first period saw Oscar Jimenez open up the scoring 10 seconds into the game, confidently finishing a counter attack. The Rapids dominate play ending the period with a score of 4-1. In the second period, the domination continued and saw 4 more goals from the Rapids. At half time the game was 8-1, giving the crowd an exciting half of soccer. After 2 periods of domination the play slowed down as confidence enveloped the Rapids. With spirits broken the Rapids capitalized, scoring 2. Two more came in the 4th period ending the match at 12-2. Rapids were paced by Jimenez's hat trick and 7 assist night, followed with Justin Diener, Kellan Brown and Greg Brisbon each scoring two goal, with Brisbon also notching an assist. Chris Jepson, Brent Ahrens, and Thomas Kaufman each tallied one goal. "Oscar Jimenez was our man of the match with 3 goals and 7 assists". Lackey complimented Jimenez’ play stating “Oscar dominated play, he played every ball with perfect pace and direction. He’s at his best when he’s making good decisions on the ball because a lot of our opportunities come through him.” Looking forward, the Rapids have to win on the road at Snohomish next Saturday in order to make the playoffs. “ Our next game is basically a playoff game because we are tied on points in the table with Snohomish. At the same time, Arlington plays Wenatchee for the other playoff spot.
January 26, 2013: Rapids Shoot Down Skyhawks!
Tonight the Rapids faced off against the Snohomish Skyhawks in the battle to make the playoffs. The first period was wide open and momentum drifted back and forth. As the period came to a close the Rapids picked up the intensity and began to press. The first period came to an end with a last minute, surprise goal from Snohomish. The second period began with a touch of class from Oscar Jimenez, who skillfully one-touch-flicked an oncoming ball over a stunned Skyhawks defender and tucked the ball into the lower left corner with the outside of his foot, the score was 1-1. Defender Mitch Barrows followed up Jimenez with a composed finish, leaving no ankles un-broken. Snohomish brought the match to even terms (2-2), which was quickly followed by a goal from defender Greg Brisbon, taking full advantage of a deflected cross. In the third period, tempers began to flare, wardrobe malfunctions occured and the Rapids took full advantage, putting away 2 goals, bringing the score at the end of the third to 5-2. In the fourth, Snohomish opened up the scoring bringing them within 2. With tempers continuing to flare, the physicality and intensity of the game rose. The majority of the play was in the Skyhawks defensive end and many quallity opportunities arose for the Rapids. The fourth period, saw goals from Gibson Bardsley (2) and a lone Snohomish goal. Defender Greg Brisbon, stated “ the attitude and approach was 1st class” and indeed it was continuing the Rapid’s home win streak. We got a chance to catch up with Head Coach, Mark Lackey following the game. Lackey emphasized the importance of winning from this point forward. “ The man of the match for me, was Joel Grossman, whose intensity and quality soccer kept the guys going.” The Rapids face Marysville at home next Saturday, February 2nd and look to continue their climb up the table.
January 12, 2013;Rapids Down Aviators 10-7
The Rapids brought home their first win in 4 games in front of an electric crowd. The final box score was 10-7, seeing goals from Gibson Bardsley, Brendan Quilici and Kellan Brown. In the first period the match was very open and attacking ending at 2-2. As the game progressed, the Rapids took control and continued to press and c...reate opportunities. The second period began with a pair of goals from Gibson Bardsley, who was a threat throughout the match. To end the second period Arlington scored their third goal bringing them within 1 (4-3). Coach Mark Lackey noted “ we have trouble finishing off games and this was evident today however, we got the W and finished our chances.” The third period saw goals from Kellan Brown and another from Gibson Bardsley. Brown scored his first of the game, hitting the ball one-time into the upper corner. After the third period, the Rapids pulled away and the score was 8-4. In the 4th period, the game was wide open seeing plenty of action on both ends. The fans in the “ Beer Garden” were on their feet and ecstatic, cheering their team on as they closed out the 4th period. At the end of the match the score was 10-7. I got a chance to catch up with the man of the match, Gibson Bardsley who was thrilled about his team’s home victory. Bardsley commented on the game saying “ it was a blast to play tonight, I really enjoyed the atmosphere (fans) and thought we played much better.” As we know, road games are tough and the last three games have proven this to be true. This home win has put the Rapids back on their path to the playoffs. Coach Lackey emphasized the importance of finishing games off as the team goes forward. “ The lads played well, stuck to the game plan and got the result.” The Rapids play Snohomish at home Saturday January 26th and look to continue winning at home.
January 5, 2013;Fire Take Heated Game Over Rapids
The WSA Rapids played their third consecutive away game in Wenatchee this weekend. In their prior clash, the Rapids beat the Fire at home 14-9. The final box score was 7-4 in favor of the Wenatchee Fire, which marked the third straight loss on the road this season. Head Coach Mark Lackey described the recent performances as “ a bit of a funk”. The Rapids began the game very well defensively. After the first period the score was 2-1 in favor of the Rapids. Goals came from Gibson Bardsley and Brent Ahrens. The second period was a stalemate between the teams with many blue cards being issued. Lackey stated “ the defense was great when we were a man down however we weren’t dangerous when we were a man up”. The Rapids created many opportunities to score but struggled to convert chances to goals. The Fire leveled in the third period turning the tides in their favor. In the fourth period the Fire got a couple of cheap goals, due to mistakes in the back. For the Rapids the final two goals came from Oscar Jimenez and Chris Jepson, making the final score 7-4. Lackey stated “ without our most consistent finisher (Kellan Brown) it is difficult to put teams away early however, we have a handful of very dangerous players who normally produce goals”. It has never been easy to play on the road and these last three games are evidence of that. This upcoming Saturday, the Rapids play the Arlington Aviators whose last visit to the Sportsplex saw them come away with a hefty 12-4 loss at the hands of the Rapids. Looking forward, the Rapids have three home games in a row, which will be key to win in order to make the playoffs. “ These last three games have been disappointing but we have to look forward and focus on winning these upcoming home games.”
December 22, 2012; Rapids Shocked by South Sound!
This past Saturday the Rapids faced off against the South Sound Shock in their third season game. Coming off a tough loss on the road vs. Arlington 2 weeks prior, the Rapids looked to bounce back. In the first half, Rapids defender Greg Brisbon, who tallied his first goal on the season, set the tone for more goals to come. The Rapids went up 5-2 in the first half, which according to Head Coach Mark Lackey, “ was not enough to kill the opponents off.” Lackey explained, “ We needed to finish our chances. Going up 8 or 9-1 in the first half would have set the tone for the rest of the game and sealed the deal. Having that ‘killer instinct’ in front of goal is key to our success this season because we create enough chances to win games by 10+ goals.” (as seen in the 12-9 and 14-9 results at home).
In the third period, the level of play was on the decline and the Rapids began to lose momentum. The score at the end of the third period was 6-4. In the fourth period a goal from Forward, Gibson Bardsley put the Rapids ahead 7-4. This also marked Bardsley’s first goal for the Rapids this season. In the last 6 minutes of the fourth period the Shock scored 4 goals to pull out the win in a last minute shocker. Lackey was frustrated with how the team preformed to end the game stating, “ 4 goals in the last 6 minutes of a game is not a professional way to close out a game.” He also added “ This goes back the concept of having a killer instinct in front of net. If we had put away 3 or 4 or 5 of the chances we got in the first half as well as throughout the game, the outcome of this game would be changed completely.”
The final box score was 8-7 in favor of South Sound. Rapid’s goals came from: Greg Brisbon (1), Kellan Brown (3), Gibson Bardsley (1), Oscar Jimenez (1), Scott Swanson (1). Our impact player for the match was “Downtown” Kellan Brown with another magical hat trick. Other notable players for the match were Greg Brisbon who scored the opening goal of the match and Goalkeeper Mark Pollack, who got his first start of the season for the Rapids in net. The Rapids look to their upcoming road match versus the Wenatchee Fire on Saturday, January 5th for their first road victory.
December 8, 2012 Rapids Crash In Arlington
By Leo Cohen
The Rapids where handed their first loss of the season on the road 6-5 against the Arlington Aviators. Goals came from "Downtown" Kellan Brown (3), Scott "Supersonic" Swanson and Brendan "Big Time" Quillici. Defender Justin Diener said “we got out outworked by a team that we are better than, but they deserved to win… Reffing as usual was suspect.” Man of the match with the hat trick was Kellan Brown keeping the Rapids in it throughout the match. The Rapids continue the search for their first win on the road away vs. South Sound Shock on Dec 22 at the Gig Harbor Soccer Center.
December 1, 2012 Rapids Extinguish The Fire in Home Opener
By Leo Cohen
On Saturday the Rapids kicked off their 2012/2013 season with their first home league game vs. The Wenatchee Fire. The final box score was 14-9, with many contributors to the very high scoring game. The first period began with a goal from Oscar Jimenez, hitting a one-touch tear from just outside the red line. Wenatchee quickly answered back with a goal in the 8th minute. With a newfound determination, the rapids pressed forward and it paid off. Goals from Justin Shulze and Justin Deiner put the rapids ahead at the end of the first period.
Throughout the second period the Rapids pressed and peppered the Wenatchee goal with shots. The game opened up for both teams in the second period giving the fans a lot to cheer about. Oscar Jimenez was the midfield maestro in creating plays throughout the period. Wenatchee came out strong in the second period, scoring 3 goals. There were many questionable calls going both ways and tempers were flaring. Goals in the second period for the Rapids came from “Downtown” Kellan Brown, Oscar “The Flying Squirrel” and Sean “Rip City” Connor. At the end of the second period the score was 6-4 in favor of the Rapids.
In the third period the Rapids had great build up play that lead to quality finishes in the final third. Goals from Sean Connor, Justin Shulze (2) and Kellan Brown put the Rapids even further ahead. The Fire netted 2 in the third period and the score was 9-6.
Throughout the match goalkeeper Christian Warman was peppered with shots and came up huge, making a handful of quality saves. The fourth period had an incredibly high intensity with both sides pressing the majority of the time. Goals came from Oscar Jimenez, Jason Jorgensen, Brendan Quillici, Chris “The Tapemaster” Jepson and Sean Connor. The Fire scored 2 in the fourth period making the score 14-9 at the final whistle.
The impact player for tonight’s match is Justin Shulze, the hat trick hero whose quality finishing and tenacious defense helped the Rapids to their first victory of the season. Teammate Oscar Jimenez described Shulze’s play as “ Composed in hectic situations” and “ Quality in the final third”. Shulze said “ It really comes down to the guys on the point who are getting shots off, they create rebounds others to finish”
Head Coach Mark Lackey also stated that “ Shulze was huge, coming out with 3 goals and being a wall on defense.” In terms of what could be improved upon moving forward to next game Lackey said “ 14 goals is fantastic, however giving up 9 is definitely something that we can improve on going forward”.
Looking forward, the Rapids face off with the Arlington Aviators next Saturday at 7:20 in Arlington. Lackey described the next few games as being “some of the most important games this season because they are on the road and road games are the toughest to get wins”
November 17, 2012 Rapids Exhibition Match against Arlington Aviators
Rapids opened up play with their first match of the 12/13 PASL season with an exhibition match against newcomers to the league, Arlington Aviators Saturday night. The Rapids were challenged through out the first half by the Aviators as the Rapids ended the first have with Rapids up 5-4. The second was all Rapids as they out scored the Aviators 7-0 to end the match 12-4. Leading the scoring were last year's leading scorers with Kellan Brown netting 5 and Brendan Quilici tallying 4. Rounding out the scoring with one a piece was Chris Jepson, Behr Ibarra and Mitch Barrows. Sean Conner and Scot Swanson each provided 4 assists with Nick Saletto getting 3 assists and Jepson contributing 1 assist.
Feb 25 2012 The WSA Rapids Win PASL NW CHAMPIONSHIP
The WSA Rapids traveled out to Bremerton and beat Kitsap Pumas 8-4 in the NW PASL division Championship match Saturday night. With the league championship the Rapids will advance to the PASL National Championship tournament in San Diego CA March 9-10. The Rapids were again led by Rapids leading scorer Kellan Brown who notched 2 goals along with Oscar Jimenez scoring 2 goals. Sean Conner, Brendan Quilici, Scot Swanson, and Nick Saletto each collecting one goal each. Rapids keeper,Christian Warman, had another fantastic night in the net with several spectacular saves including two by coming out and pulling the ball right off the feet of Pumas attackers. The Rapids are now awaiting and preparing for the announcement of the PASL National Tournament schedule that will be in San Diego on March 9-10.
Feb 18, 2012 The WSA Rapids Advance to League Championship Match
The WSA Rapids beat the Snohomish Skyhawks 10-6 in the Premier Arena Soccer League Northwest Division semifinal match. With the win the Rapids will advance to the divisional championship match to play the winner of the match between Kitsap Pumas and South Sound Shock and a chance to advance to the Premier Arena Soccer League’s National Championship in San Diego CA March 9-10. Half way through the second period the Rapids were up 5-0 but with the second half the Skyhwaks came roaring back to bring the match at one point 6-4. The man of the match was Rapids keeper Christian Warman who had to make numerous goal denying saves to preserve the Rapids lead. The Rapids were led by leading scorer Kellan Brown as he scored a hat trick. Scott Swanson, Greg Young and Joel Grossman each contributed two goals apiece and Matt Fishbaugher chipped in a single goal. Rapids had single assists from Sean Conner, Oscar Jimenez, Mitch Barrows and Nick Saletto. The Rapids have to wait to find out whether they have a home match or will be travelling to Bremerton next Saturday for the championship match.
Feb 12, WSA Rapids Drop Final Season Match
The WSA Rapids dropped their final match of the season in Wenatchee against the Wenatchee Fire 4-8. The Rapids were led by Kellan Brown, with 1 goal and two assists. Nick Saletto, Matt Fishbaugher and Kyle Holland each chipped in a goal each in the losing cause. The Rapids, which had secured second place in the NW Division of the Premier Arena Soccer League with last weekend’s win over Snohomish Skyhawks and a first round home playoff match next Saturday (Feb 18). The Rapids will host 3rd place Snohomish Skyhawks at the Bellingham Sportsplex Sat., Feb 18 with a 7:15 kickoff. With a Rapids win the match on the 18th they will play for the league championship and a berth in the PASL National Championships in San Diego, CA March 2-3.
Feb 4, 2012-WSA Rapids Down Skyhawks
The WSA Rapids earned their fifth victory of the season by beating the Snohomish Skyhawks 6-4 Saturday night at the Bellingham Sportsplex. The Rapids (5-1-1) were up at one point in the match 5-1 before the Skyhawks battled back to bring the match 6-4 at the close. The Rapids were led by Scott Swanson with two goals, followed by Brendan Quilici with a goal and assist. Oscar Jimenez, Greg Young, and Matt Fishbaugher each scored a goal apiece with one assist each by Greg Brisbon and Chris Jepson. With the win the WSA Rapids secure the first round playoff match of the NW Divisional PASL playoffs which will be Feb 18th at 7:15 at the Bellingham Sportsplex.
Jan 28, 2012-WSA Rapids Receive Shock in First Loss of Season
The WSA Rapids semi pro indoor soccer squad dropped their first match of the season (4-1-1) in a 9-12 loss to the South Sound FC Shock Saturday night in Tumwater in Northwest Divisional play in the Premier Arena Soccer League. Head coach Mark Lackey’s response to the Rapids first loss of the season, “We got out worked, didn't go with runners, and gave the ball away. The worst game we have played since our last game in Las Vegas (PASL National Tournament in March 2011.)” The Rapids were led by Brendan Quilici with 2 goals and 2 assists along with two goal contributions each from Kellan Brown (1 asst), Greg Young (1 asst) and Oscar Jimenez along with Matt Fishbaugher contributing 1 goal. Defender Nick Salleto contributed 2 assists and one assist from Sean Connor. The Rapids plan to get back on winning track in their next match on Saturday night Feb 4 at the Bellingham Sportsplex with a 7:15 PM kick off against the Snohomish Skyhawks. Proceeding the Rapids men’s squad there will be an women’s exhibition indoor match between a squad of high level women taking on a women’s team from Snohomish with kick off at 5:30 PM. Tickets for both matches are $4 for adults and $3 for youth.
Jan 21, 2012 Rapids down the Skyhawks on the Road
The WSA Rapids continue their season undefeated by winning on the road against the Snohomish Skyhawks 7-6 Saturday night in a NW Division Premier Arena Soccer League match. The Rapids were led by Oscar Jimenez and Kellan Brown with two goals apiece, followed with a goal and assist by Joel Grossman and Scot Swanson. Sean Connor added a goal as well. The win advances the Rapids to a 4-0-1 record and continue to have the Rapids lead the NW Division. The WSA Rapids will be visiting the South Sound Shock in Tumwater next Saturday. The Rapids next home match will be hosting the rematch against the Snohomish Skyhawks Feb 4 at the Bellingham Sportsplex at 7:15 PM.
Jan 14, 2012 WSA Rapids draw with Kitsap Pumas
Saturday night saw the two league leading NW Division Premier Arena Soccer League teams square off Saturday night at the Bellingham Sportsplex. Both the WSA Rapids and Kitsap Pumas came into the match undefeated in league play each at 3-0. It was a great battle resulting in both teams remaining undefeated as they drew 7-7. The Rapids were led by Kellan Brown with three goals and one assist on the night. Sean Conner scored the game tying goal with one minute twelve seconds on a power play goal, Conner also tallied two assists. Joel Grossman contributed a goal and assist. Justin Moore, and Brendan Quilici each scored one goal apiece. The WSA Rapids play next weekend in Snohomish against the Snohomish Skyhawks. The Rapids next home match will be against the home match will be February 4 when they host Snohomish.
Jan 7, 2012 The WSA Rapids Win Third Straight PASL Match
The WSA Rapids won their third straight Premier Arena Soccer League indoor match over the Marysville Ruckus FC 10-6 Saturday night in Marysville. Oscar Jimenez had a huge night leading the Rapids with 4 goals and 1 assist, followed up with Kellan Brown netting two goals and collecting an assist. Kristian Powell dished out 3 assists in the winning cause. Brendan Quilici and Justin Moore each had one goal and assist. Nick Salleto, Chris Jepson each chipped in a goal with assists from Scot Swanson and Matt Zigulis helping the Rapids lead the NW PASL Division with a 3-0 record. The WSA Rapids take on the Kitsap Pumas next Saturday, Jan 14 at 7:15 PM at the Bellingham Sportsplex.
Dec 10, 2011-Rapids Earn Second Straight Victory!
The WSA Rapids start off 2-0 for beginning of the PASL Premier Indoor Soccer League Season. The Rapids throttled the South Sound Shock 11-3 Satruday night at the Bellingham Sportsplex. The Rapids were led by , Kellan Brown, and Matt Fishbaugher with both of them netting two goals and two assists. Brendan Quilici had two goals and an assist, followed by Scot Swanson's two goals. Sean Connor, Sujinda Dangvan, Behr Ibarra and Greg Young each contributed one goal a piece. Joel Grossman and Kristian Powell recorded two assists. The Rapids next match is Jan 7 at Marysville Ruckus FC.
Dec 3, 2011-Rapids give Ruckus FC a tough welcome to the NW PASL
The WSA Rapids provided the newly formed Marysville Ruckus FC a tough welcome to the PASL as the Rapids trounced the Ruckus 11-2 in the season opening match for both both squads in the PASL's Northwest Division. The Rapids pressed the Ruckus early on in the match and it produced dividends as by half time the Rapids had ran the score up to 7-0. Following the break both teams found their rhythm and the match equalized a bit with the final result of 11-2. The Rapids were led with a hat trick from Sean Connor followed with two goals each from Brendan Qulici and Matt Fishbaugher. Alex Lehecka, Scot Swanson, and Brent Ahrens each tallied on goal each. Ruckus got on the board in the second half with goals from Damon Parot and James Postma.
Nov 19, 2011 -Rapids see Stars following 9-5 loss in exhibition match.
The WSA Rapids hosted their first match of the 2011/12 season with an exhibition match against the Tacoma Stars, a professional side playing in the PASL Pro League. The match started out at a rapid pace with the Rapids taking the lead with an early goal from Scot Swanson. The Stars came back with back to even the score with a goal from Colin Rigby followed by left footed cracker of a shot from Ian Wienberg to take the lead. The Rapids evened it up with a dead ball played by Sean Conner followed with goals by Gibson Bardsley and Kellan Brown with the Rapids taking a 4-2 lead at half. The second half the Stars came out strong and equalized with goals from Weinberg and Viet Ngyuen. The Stars then on a power play scored 2 goals from Weinberg and Mark Lee to take the lead which they never released as they went on to score 3 in the final period with goals from Jeff Bader, and two from Amos Freheit. Rapids forward Brent Ahrens scored the final tally of the night for the Rapids.