Arlington Shows Promise Against Bellingham
The Arlington Aviators and the Bellingham United Football Club faced off as foes this past Saturday for the last Arlington home game of the inaugural Western Indoor Soccer Leagues season.
Since the Aviator’s expansion season in 2012, Bellingham (previously known as the Whatcom Rapids) has emerged as Arlington’s rivals, largely in part to the toughly played action packed games, that often emerged as rough and tumble contests. Last season, Arlington earned their first franchise win against Bellingham in a decisive match on Bellingham’s home turf.
This season, Bellingham beat Arlington in the third game of the season in an extremely hot and competitive game.
Needing to win to keep their play off aspirations alive, Arlington scored first on a goal from veteran, Andrew Escalante that was assisted from Aaron Burns, mid way through the 1st period. Bellingham would answer with an equalizing goal less then a minute later. The first period ended at 1-1.
Despite Arlington’s rapid passing and an accelerated attack, Bellingham managed to score two tough goals in the second period to take a 4-2 lead at half time.
In the 2nd half, Bellingham scored a quick goal at 13:46 to extend their lead, but Arlington countered from a Fabian Panduro goal.
Panduro would have two goals in the match, adding his second in the 4th period off of a crisp pass from Lucas Dourado. The 4th period would be Arlington’s most productive from an offensive stand point, as they were able to score twice. New call up, Dana Garner a former Major Arena Soccer Pro, got the Aviator’s 2nd goal of the frame. However, Bellingham would go on to score 3 more goals in the final period to take the game with a 7-4 win.
“Today we changed the system, we pressed high. Offensively we played well, but Bellingham put away the chances they had.” Said Dourado, who was also the “Man of the Match.”
Arlington will now focus on their next opponent, the Oly Town Artesians. Oly Town beat the Aviators last time the two met, on a goal with 12 seconds left. The game will be this Saturday January 31st and will be played at Olympia Indoor Sports in Tumwater. Kickoff is at 6:00pm and tickets are $7.
Re-listen to the Game Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvSfaDqpS-E
Arlington Provides Tough Test to Undefeated Stars
Arlington, Wash – The Arlington Aviators provided a tough test to the Tacoma Stars despite the 5-1 loss on Saturday January 17th Fresh off their loss in their professional debut in the Major Arena Soccer League, the Tacoma Stars traveled to Arlington to take on the Aviators at Soccer First Arena. The last time these squads met was right before the Christmas holiday, in a match where Arlington dressed just 10 players, two of which local high schoolers against the mighty Stars. The Stars would take that game 9-1, and came into Arlington expecting a similar result. In the first half the Aviators stunned the confident Stars with their physical and blazing fast tempo along with their relentless counter attacks. Momo Dremmah, a recent acquisition scored the first goal of the match in the first period. The Aviators had several other quality chances that challenged one of the League’s top keepers in Aaron Anderson. In the opposing crease, Aviator Goalie Erik Cruz was having the game of his life, as he made one huge save after another. Cruz would go on to record 33 saves. In the 3rd period, the Aviators kept up their pace, smothering the Stars attack. Tacoma’s first goal of the game did not come until the last six minuets play in the period. Tacoma added two more in the frame, to take a 3-1 lead. The battle between the two sides waged on in the fourth, but Tacoma would score off two difficult goals to take a 5-1 lead that would eventually be the final score. Over the past few matches the Aviators have employed the skills of several young players that have a major impact. Baruc Galvan and Cesar Zavalza along with Fabian Panduro have played the beautiful game indoors at a high level. “We are already one of the most organized teams in the league. We don’t count on individuals but teamwork. Adding these young men to the roster is the future of this program. These Young guys are performing in a high level. It is fun to see them taking the ball from experienced pros. Imagine their future.” Said Head Coach Dagi Kissem. The Aviators now face two tough opponents in Bellingham and Oly Town in the ensuing weeks. Coach Kissem and Co. is energized and excited to take on these formidable foes, head on. Kick off against Bellingham is January 24th, at 7:30 at the Arlington Soccer First Arena. This past week’s match was broadcasted live on the web from Major Arena Soccer League play by play announcer Brandon Enyeart. The Game can be listened too via replay at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpaaXt4s7_E
Arlington Announces Play By Play Broadcast of Matches
Starting in January, Aviator FC Matches will be broadcasted on air via webcast. Brandon Enyeart will provide the Play-By-Play commentary for the Aviators, after calling games in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL.) Prior to calling Arena Soccer games and joining the Aviators, Enyeart worked as the Team Insider for Bellingham United in the Evergreen Premiere League Washington. His broadcast career began with the Bellingham Blazers Junior “A” Hockey Club, where he provided the Color Commentary during the club’s Championship Series in the Northern Pacific Hockey League. Enyeart’s life long passion and deep knowledge of the game, has helped Enyeart in the transition to calling Arena Soccer this season. In addition to calling games, Enyeart will work as the Director of Broadcast for the club. A roll that also includes the production of club’s radio show: “The Control Tower.” You can listen to the “Control Tower” Here: http://thecontroltower.podomatic.com/ The Matches can be heard at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpaaXt4s7_E
The Arlington Aviators Join the Downtown Arlington Business Association.
Arlington is a great community; it is a true example small town America with its classic and nostalgic downtown area filled with local “Mom and Pop Shops.” The residents here are all about “shopping local” and supporting the local scene. Aviator Soccer provides a “Shop Local” entertainment option. This past week, the Arlington Aviators partnered with local Arlington Businesses by joining the Downtown Arlington Business Association (DABA.) Once a month, DABA hosts a meeting where new ideas are introduced to help business succeed by participating in events, networking and promotions. DABA also produces several major events that attract customers to businesses in the Downtown Arlington Market.
DABA President Mike Britt had this to say about the Aviators joining the Association. “Anytime you have two organizations working towards a common goal, you have twice the potential for success. Being close to our community, the Aviators have a natural position to advertise our local businesses, in return, we have the businesses that support the demographics that attend your events. A perfect match in my book!” Through DABA, the Aviators hope to partner with local businesses on producing community events to attract patrons to the city, along with organizing camps and activities to promote their Semi-Pro Arena Soccer brand while providing an opportunity to grow soccer interest in Arlington and the Stillaguamish Valley.
Aviators Fall to Snohomish
The Arlington Aviators fell to their long time rivals, the Snohomish Skyhawks 4-3 on Sunday January, 11th in an Inter-league match at Soccer First Arena in Arlington. The Aviators and Snohomish Skyhawks have had a fierce rivalry since the Aviators inaugural season in 2012. Last season,. the Aviators swept the Skayhawks in their two game season series. Aviator-Skayhawk games have been known to be intense and action packed, Sunday’s match was not exception. As the game progressed, the battle waged on and grew in intensity. The first period ended in a 1-0 Aviator lead as Aaron Burns scored for the Aviators. The Aviators were shutout in the second period, but the Skyhawks tied the game with a goal of their own to even the match. In the third period, Snohomish scored at 9:19 to take the lead until Lucas Dourado tied the match at 2:40. The Aviators scored the go ahead goal for Arlington in the fourth, but that lead was soon erased by two unanswered Snohomish goals. “Both teams were trying out some new players. We were really focusing on building our future players by giving them a taste of the beautiful game. It was a great friendly game for our young players to learn the game and system.” Said Coach Dagi Kissem. The Aviator’s will next take on the Tacoma Stars this Saturday in Arlington. Kick off is at 7:30.
Aviators Introduce a Weekly Radio Show
To continue the growth and involvement of their fan base, the Arlington Aviators have announced that they will be producing a bi-monthly radio show and Pod Cast titled “The Control Tower.” The show, produced by Director of Broadcasting, Brandon Enyeart will cover: Team and league news along with player interviews and other features. The episodes will be ten minutes long, to make it easier for fans to tune in on the go or on breaks at work or school. “The club is excited to provide this to our fans, its something that hasn’t really been done in the Western Indoor Soccer League this season, and I hope it keeps fans excited about Arlington Aviator outside of game nights.” Said Aviator General Manager, Merrick Parnell. The Aviators are currently in talks with several radio stations in the area about airing the episodes. If you are interested in advertising on the show, emails Brandon Enyeart at: firstname.lastname@example.org You can listen to the first show by clicking on the link below: http://thecontroltower.podomatic.com/
Arlington Announces Inter-League Friendly Against the Snohomish Skyhawks
The Arlington Aviators have announced that they will play their historic rivals, the Snohomish Skyhawks in an Inter-league friendly (exhibition) game on Sunday, January 11th in Arlington. This will be the first regular season meeting between the two clubs, since the Aviators left the Premier Arena Soccer League-Northwest (PASL-NW) to join the Western Indoor Soccer League for the 2014/2015 season. Since the Aviators inaugural season in 2012, the game against Snohomish had always been highly anticipated by the fans, players and coaches because every match was guaranteed to be action packed and intensely paced. Last season, the Aviators swept their two game season series against the Skyhawks: 8-2 in Arlington and 13-4 in Snohomish during the regular season. Game time for the match this Sunday is at 8pm at Soccer First Indoor Sports in Arlington, and Admission is by donation.
Arlington Plays Tough in Wenatchee
Wenatchee, Wa – The Arlington Aviators mounted an incredible comeback against the Wenatchee Fire before losing 9-8 in the closing seconds of the match. Despite Arlington drawing first blood on a Jeff Gosslee goal at 12:50 in the first period, the Aviators struggled offensively in the first half of play and went into the halftime intermission down 5-2. In the third period, Wenatchee would score 3 times on back-to-back goals by Matthew Stefenko at 12:45 and 7:35 and another goal from Josh Alverez at 4:52. Arlington would also have a three goal third period of their own. That started when, Efrain Alvarado, scored a power play goal at 6:43. Alvarado was appearing in his first match back with Arlington, since moving to Pullman to attend Washington State University. The Alvarado score, was followed up by a Russ Brown Power Play goal (: 43) and the second goal of the evening for Aaron Burn with just 13 seconds remaining in the third period to bring the Aviators within 3 goals, as the Fire held onto an 8-5 lead. Arlington would go 2 for 2 on power play goals in the match.
Above: Efrain Alvarado in his Aviator Return
From their, the Aviators stunned the crowd as their relentless and aggressive attack scored three unanswered goals, to tie the match coming from: Winfred Smith, Burns and new acquisition Momo Dremmah. Burn’s goal in the third would give him a “Hat Trick” on the night. “We decided we couldn’t afford to sit back and defend. We knew if we did high pressure they wouldn’t be able to handle it so we did and it worked perfectly.” Said Burns. However, with just 7 seconds left in the final quarter, Wenatchee’s Miguel Galvan would score to give the Fire a 9-8 win. The Aviators will now enter a “Bye Week” and will return to action with their newfound offensive firepower, to take on the first place Tacoma Stars in Arlington, on January 17th.
Player of the Game vs Wenatchee Fire Fc:
#4 Aaron Burns
With his Hat Trick performance in tonight’s game (1/3/15) vs Wenatchee, Aaron Burns is the Aviator player of the game!
Congrats Aaron Burns!
Aviators Make Resolutions for the New Year
Once again, New Year’s Eve is upon us. Hopefully 2104 was good to everyone in the Aviator Nation, it has certainly been an eventful one for the Aviators. It started with a move to the newly formed Western Indoor Soccer League after playing in the Premiere Arena Soccer League (PASL) since the clubs founding in 2012. Along with the new league and a host of new players, the Aviators introduced a new logo, new Owners and a new General Manager along with their new head Coach, Dagi Kissem.
In keeping with the Spirit of the New Year and the tradition of making resolutions, the Aviators would like to share a few of their own.
#5 – Russel Brown
“To be positive thinking and more compassionate”
With 28 saves against Tacoma, Erik Cruz is the Aviators Player of the Game vs Tacoma
“Erik’s performance was amazing tonight, some of the saves he made were unbelievable” Coach Doherty (Photo Credit: Wilson TSOI/Goalwa)
Stars Outshine Aviators in Tacoma
12-20-14 Tacoma, Wash – The outstanding goal keeping performance of Erik Cruz shone brightly despite the Aviators loss to the Tacoma Stars, on Saturday December 20th. Left with a shorthanded roster due to injuries and the holiday season break, the Arlington Aviators traveled down to Tacoma to take on the first place Stars, at the historic, Tacoma Soccer Center. With the league’s leading scorer, Derek Johnson’s four-goal performance, and an offensive blitz, the Stars beat the Aviators 9-1. However, the score doesn’t reflect the tremendous and solid goal keeping performance of Erik Cruz. Cruz, shut the door on many Star goal attempts with his 28 saves on the evening.
Player- coach James Doherty Addresses the Aviators Before the Match
“Erik’s performance was amazing tonight, some of the saves he made were unbelievable. He definitely kept it close for us, and I wish we could have given him some more support offensively.” Said James Doherty, who was filling in as Head Coach for Dagi Kissem. Winfred Smith scored the Aviator’s loan goal of the match on a sharp strike in the first period. Despite the limited personnel, the Aviators hung with the Stars for most of the match, giving the club optimism for the future.
Parnell Named as General Manager
We are proud to announce Merrick Parnell will be taking over for Andrew Escalante as General Manager. Andrew will continue to play with the Aviators and Parnell will still provide the Public Address Announcing for Aviator home games. Merrick Parnell joins the Aviators as their interim General Manager after working the past two seasons as their Public Address Announcer and Media Relations Director. Parnell started his Sports Administration career back in 2009, where he was the assistant Player Personel Director and part owner of the Billings Outlaws Professional Indoor Football team. Since then, he has worked as a sports agent and recently as the assistant Sports Information Director and Soccer game day Operations Manager for Trinity Lutheran College in Everett.
Aviators Lose to Oly Town 7-6
Arlington, Wa – The Arlington Aviators dropped their third strait game in a loss to Oly Town, despite good offensive production, from several multi-goal performances.
In search of their first win of the season, the Aviators returned home to Soccer First Indoor Spots Arena to take on the Oly Town Artesians, who were coming off their first win in Franchise history, after a 10-8 victory over Wenatchee the previous weekend. The game started out with a quick goal from Oly Town’s Greg Wolfe, just 15 seconds into the match to take the early lead. Aaron Burns would score Arlington’s first goal midway through the period to tie the match, and Russ Brown would give the Aviators their first lead of the game with 2:15 left. However, the lead would be short lived as Willie Spurr scored an Artesian goal with just 30 seconds left in the first to end the first frame at a 2-2 tie. In the second period, Arlington would take a slim 4-3 lead, after scoring twice, off goals from Winfred Smith and Miguel Fajardo, in route to allowing just one Artesian goal that was scored by Martin Ramierez at the beginning of the period. “We started off strong with our shape and composure, there was a few [plays] that caught us off guard, but we made some adjustments and we were able to hold them. Said Veteran Aviator, James Doherty. Both clubs could not find the back of the net in the third period. This marked the second strait game that Arlington has had a scoreless period. (The first was against Bellingham the previous weekend.) Oly Town would out score Arlington with their 4 goals in the fourth to seal a 7-6 win, with the winning goal coming from Matt Stalnik with just 12 seconds remaining. Despite the loss Arlington improved their offensive production with the two goal performances of Aaron Burns and Russ Brown. Coming into the game, Arlington had scored only 6 goals total in their first two matches. “I think the goals helped give us a spark and an advantage that showed us if we fight we can win.” Said Burns. The Aviators next match against the league leading, Tacoma Stars, will be one of the toughest games of the year. As the Aviators will travel to the Tacoma Soccer Center, an arena that has been a tough place to play for many of the Western Indoor Soccer League clubs this year, due to their large crowds of loud and passionate fans in addition to tough and talented Stars club. Kickoff for that match is set for 7:30 on December 20th. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and can be purchased at the door or in advance from http://tacomastars.wordpress.com/tickets/
Aviators Downed by Bellingham United on the Road
12-6-14 Bellingham, Wa– Arlington drops their first road game of the season to Bellingham United Football Club, 8-4 in an intensely physical match at the Bellingham Sportplex. After a bye the previous week, the Aviators embarked on their first road match of the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) season, traveling to Bellingham to take on the re-branded Bellingham United Football Club (previously the Whatcom Soccer Academy Rapids.) Both teams bolted into action from the opening whistle and would remain deadlocked as both teams worked hard to gain even the slightest of advantages in the game’s opening period. Bellingham would get on the board first after a Brooks Kochman goal off a Brenden Quilici free kick at 13:05 in the opening period. Arlington would answer with their first goal of the evening at 4:13 in the first period off an unassisted goal from Lupe Rodriguez. The second period would be a defensive showcase, as both teams were held scoreless. Both clubs scored two goals each in the third period, on goals from Arlington’s Zach Crutchfield at 12:17 (Unassisted) and Fabian Panduro at 6:01, while Andrew Wieshaar and Kellan Brown scored for Bellingham at 10:52 and :02. Despite an early fourth period goal from Arlington’s Zach Crutchfield, Bellingham surged to a 5 goal-scoring spree, with Andrew Weishaar scoring four, to take a 8-4 lead which would be the final score. “I don’t feel like these two losses define us as a team. I still feel like we can go all the way and win this league, but tonight we didn’t capitalize on most of our opportunities.” Said Head Coach, Dagi Kissem. The Aviator’s next home game will be on December 13th, against the Oly Town Artisans at Soccer First Indoor Sports Arena in Arlington. Scoring Summary: Period 1 1-1 Bellingham (BHM) Goal – Brooks Kochman (Brenden Quillici) at 13:05 Arlington (ARL) Goal – Fabian Panduro ( Unassisted) at 4:13 Period 2 No Goals Period 3 3-3 ARL Goal – Zach Crutchfield (Unassisted) at 12:17 BHM Goal – Andrew Weishaar (Unassisted) at 10:15 ARL – Fabian Panduro (Unassisted) at 6:02 BHM – Kellan Brown (Johnathan James) at :02 Period 4 8-4 ARL – Zach Crutchfield (Unassisted ) at :24 BHM – Andrew Weishaar (Unassisted) at 13:14 BHM – Andrew Weishaar (Unassisted) at 8:25 BHM – Brendan Quillici (Andrew Weishaar) at 6:12 BHM – Jonathan James (Unassisted) at 3:45 BHM – Andrew Weishaar (Unassisted ) at 1:44
Aviators Hit the Road to take on Bellingham in Season’s First Road Game
This Saturday, the Aviators (0-1) will hit the road, looking for their first win against the re-brandend and re-vamped, 0-1-1 Bellingham United Football Club. (Formally Whatcom Soccer Academy Rapids.)
Bellingham’s home arena, the Bellingham Sportsplex has been a tough place to play opposing teams over the years, but the Aviators conquered the ruckus, passionate crowd and large playing surface to beat Bellingham last season.
The game will kick off at 7:30 at the Sportsplex which is located north of Joe Martin Baseball Field off Lakeway Drive. (1225 Civic Field Way, Bellingham, WA 98229)
Cruz Among Goals Against Average Leaders
Cruz makes a save against Wenatchee
Photo Credit: Wilson Tsoi
After a solid goalkeeping performance, that featured spectacular saves against The Wenatchee Fire in the Aviator’s season opener, Goalie Erik Cruz leads the Western Indoor Soccer League’s Goals Against Average Category with 4.0 Goals Against Average, in a three way tie with, Tacoma’s Aaron Anderson and Wenatchee’s Danny Romero. Cruz, in his second Semi-Professional Indoor season, joins the Aviators after playing for the Marysville Ruckus. Before Semi-Professional Indoor Soccer, Cruz played his College Soccer for Everett Community College, where he was a Northwest Athletic Association of Community College (NWAACC) all-star and captain his sophomore year in 2008. This season, Cruz hopes to help the Aviators win a Western Indoor Soccer League Championship while leading the league in Goals Against Average.
Aviators Drop Opener to Wenatchee By Merrick Parnell November 15th, 2014 The Arlington Aviators dropped their Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) opener, 4-2 against the Wenatchee Fire at home, in a fierce defensive battle. The Aviators jumped out to a quick lead as Aaron Burns netted the first goal of the Aviators WISL season, on a crisp pass from Winfred Smith. Wenatchee would answer just a few minuets later on a Yonathan Rodriguez goal. In the second period, both teams would score on unassisted goals from Arlington’s Lupe Rodriguez and Wenatchee’s Juan Barboza. As the game progressed into the third period, both teams battled hard; with both keepers making dramatic saves to keep the period scoreless. “I felt focused and like I was in the zone, and my team did a good job in blocking shots.” Said Arlington Goalie, Erik Cruz. Midway into the final period, Wenatchee assembled a relentless offensive attack. That scored two unanswered goals to take the game out of reach for Arlington, and seal a Fire win. This was just the second time in two seasons that Arlington had lost at home at Soccer First Arena, a place that has proven difficult for visiting teams to be successful. Scoring Summary: 1st Period: Score: 1-1 Arlington (ARL)- Goal: #26 Aaron Burns (Ast: #12 Winfred Smith) Wenatchee (WEN)- Goal: #16 Yonathan Rodriguez (Ast: #3 Johnathan Rodriguez) 2nd Period: Score: 2-2 ARL- Goal: #10 Lupe Rodriguez (Unassisted) WEN- Goal: #9 Juan Barboza (Unassisted) 3rd Period Score: 4-2 No Scoring 4th Period WEN- #8 Jamie Richards (Unassisted) WEN – #10 Adrian Espinoza (Unassisted) Final: Wenatchee 4 Arlington 2 Photo Credit: ©Wilson Tsoi / goalWA.net” ———————————————————————————————————- Aviators Fly to 7-4 Win Inter-conference Win vs. Seattle Sporting By Merrick Parnell November 8th, 2014 Arlington, Wash- The Western Indoor Soccer League’s (WISL) Arlington Aviators soared to a 7-4 victory over the Premier Arena Soccer League’s (PASL) Seattle Sporting FC in a inter-conference, pre-season match on Saturday night. The win was highlighted with the multi-goal performances of Veteran Andrew Escalante and returning Aviator, Aaron burns who rocketed to goals 2 goals each, past former Arlington Keeper Jeff Renslo. The Seattle club would feature two more former Aviators from a year a go in: Cory Hendricks and Drew Postma, both players were pivotal in the Aviators success the previous season. Lucas Dourado and Russ Brown added two more goals to the Aviators score line, the game was sealed in the closing moments with a goal from former Marysville Pillchuck High School standout Fabian Panduro, who is a rookie playing his first indoor season in the WISL. The Aviators will open their regular season this Saturday at Soccer First Indoor Sports in Arlington (19805 74th Ave NE, Behind the old Haggen’s Market) against the Wenatchee Fire. The game starts at 7:30 and admission is $7.00 at the door. The Arlington Aviators Join the Western Indoor Soccer League. By Merrick Parnell ARLINGTON, WA—The Arlington Aviators will play the 2014-2015 season in the newly formed Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL). The Aviators, founded in 2012, had played the last two seasons as members of the Premier Arena Soccer League’s Northwest Division before moving to the WISL. Last season they finished in second place amongst clubs from: Bremerton, Bellingham, Wenatchee, Snohomish and Burnaby, B.C. “We know the Aviators from two years of playing in the NW PASL Premier League, says WISL Commissioner John Crouch, “and we knew they would make a great asset and addition to the league. Arlington was instantly competitive in the PASL and we enjoyed playing them in friendlies with our (South Sound Shock) team. We are certainly looking forward to them being a pillar in the league and we see their ambition to be strong both on and off the field!” Arlington will continue to play their home games at the Soccer First Indoor Sports Arena. Bellingham United, Wenatchee Fire, Oly Town Artesians and the Tacoma Stars will visit during the WISL regular season. The Aviators will open their WISL season on Saturday, November 15th, at 7:30 against the Fire. Arlington will play four home games in league play along with some exhibition games. The first exhibition is November 8 when the Aviator Reserves will host Seattle Sporting at 7:30 PM.