Men's semi-pro indoor soccer team
TUMWATER, WA – The Tumwater Pioneers scored five unanswered goals over a ten minute span in the third and fourth quarters and held on to notch their first PASL win, a 9-7 victory over a shorthanded Oregon Blacktails squad on Saturday night at Tumwater Indoor Sports. Mike Rancipher scored a hat trick in the win for the Pioneers and Albert Anabtawi scored the go ahead goal with eight minutes to play in the Pios’ home finale. Isaiah Escobedo scored a hat trick of his own for the Blacktails in the loss.
Isaiah Escobedo opened the scoring early for the Blacktails, beating Pios’ keeper Mauricio Sanchez with just three minutes gone in the first quarter. Mike Rancipher answered back for Tumwater two minutes later to tie the game at one. The Blacktails fielded just seven players against the Pioneers and slowed the game down, holding possession for a good part of the first quarter, which ended with just the two goals.
Tyler Hagen scored his first goal of the game a minute into the second quarter and Carlos Ochoa added another at the seven minute mark to give the Blacktails a 3-1 lead. During that stretch, Oregon’s Juan Gavidia injured his leg and left the field unable to return giving the Blacktails no subs on the bench. Nathan Murphy took advantage hitting a goal with 5:50 left to play in the half and the Pioneers went to the break down by one, 3-2.
Escobedo got on the board again for the Blacktails just 15 seconds into the second half to once again give the Blacktails a two goal lead. But the game changed dramatically when Oregon keeper Raphael Weber went down with an apparent groin injury and had to leave the game. Gavidia, who had not played since his injury in the second quarter, hobbled off the bench and took over in goal for Oregon.
The Pioneers’ leading goal scorer, Kevin Flavin, cut the Blacktails lead to just one, scoring off of the free kick when Ochoa was sent off with a blue card with seven minutes left in the third quarter. But again, Escobedo answered giving the Blacktails a 5-3 lead at the 2:45 mark. The tide started to turn when Flavin was awarded a penalty shot with just ten seconds left in the quarter and beat Gavidia for his second goal of the game and 12th of the season. The quarter came to an end with the Pioneers trailing by one, 5-4.
George Bundy tied the game with a power play goal at the ten minute mark before Anabtawi hit a scorcher to give the Pioneers their first lead of the game, 6-5. Ranchipher scored two straight goals to extend the Pios lead to three, 8-5, before Hagen hit for the Blacktails off of the restart ending Tumwater’s five goal run. Bundy scored his second goal of the period with three minutes left but Ochoa’s power play goal with less than two minutes to play got the Blacktails to within two, 9-7. But Oregon ran out of gas and the Pioneers held on for their first league win in their home finale.
Due to a lack of available players, the Pioneers will not send a team to Wenatchee on Sunday for the season finale instead opting to take a forfeit. The game was originally scheduled to be played last Saturday but a scheduling conflict at the Wenatchee Valley Sportsplex forced the game to be rescheduled.
As a result, The Pioneers go out on a high note and finish the season at 1-7 overall.
Tumwater Pioneers (1-6) vs. Oregon Blacktails (2-6) Date: 2/9/13 Location: Tumwater Indoor Sports Goals by period 1 2 3 4 Tot ------------------------------------- Oregon...............1 2 2 2 7 Tumwater............ 1 1 2 5 9 SCORING: Tumwater Pioneers: Mike Rancipher.......3 Kevin Flavin.........2 George Bundy.........2 Nathan Murphy........1 Albert Anabtawi......1 Oregon Blacktails: Isaiah Escobedo......3 Tyler Hagen..........2 Carlos Ochoa.........2