NWPL Recaps: Seattle Stars off to best start in league history

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Kaelyn Barnes scores for the Spokane Shadow on Saturday. (David Falk)

The May 13-14 weekend of play in the Northwest Premier League saw Seattle Stars set a league record for number of straight wins to open a season and the debut of last year’s champions as Spokane Shadow scored two victories. Speaking of scoring – Yakima United put seven goals in.

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Seattle Stars and Twin City Union shake hands after Sunday’s match. (TCU Facebook)

Twin City Union 0-2 Seattle Stars

CENTRALIA, WA–Seattle Stars (4-0-0) became the first-ever NWPL club to win four straight matches to start a season as they scored a shutout over Twin City Union (1-1-1) on Sunday at Tiger Stadium.

The match was 0-0 at halftime before Seattle struck twice. The Stars went up 1-0 in the 53rd minute on a tap-in by Erin Mishu who was there when the ball went off of the Union goalkeeper’s gloves. Analise Miller-Wells made it 2-0 with a goal in the 66th minute. The Stars have surrendered just 2 goals over 4 matches. Rachel Thompson recorded her first shutout in goal for the Stars.

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Seattle Stars get ready to take the pitch on Sunday in Centralia. (Stars photo)
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A Seattle goal against Twin City Union. (Stars photo)
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The Shadow won two matches in their return to NWPL play. (Shadow Facebook)

WPSS Shock 0-3 Spokane Shadow

PUYALLUP, WA— The Spokane Shadow (2-0-0) scored their second win of the weekend with a shutout over the winless and goal-less WPSS Shock (0-2-0) at Washington Premier FC Fields Complex.

Darby Doyle got the match-winner in just the 11th minute of play on an assist from Tiara Pajimola. Spokane added two more goals along the way. Callie Best made it 2-0 in the 21st on an assist from Jael Hagerott. Then Hagerott turned scorer as she made it 3-0 for Spokane with a goal in the 66th minute on an assist from Tiana Helm. The Shadow got a shutout in goal from AJ Crooks.

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Timbers at Alliance. (Alan Moditz.)

NCW Alliance 1-4 Washington Timbers

WENATCHEE, WA— The Washington Timbers (2-1-0) broke open a tight match in the second half to coast past NCW Alliance (0-2-1) at the Apple Bowl on Saturday.

Match Gallery: by Alan Modtiz

Match Gallery: by NCW Alliance

Milla Benedetti scored twice for the Timbers. Her goals in the 74th (unassisted) and 84th (Madison Reynolds) allowed the Timbers to cruise.

Way back in the 4th minute the home side NCW had taken a quick 1-0 lead on a goal from Allison Rader.

Then Washington began their comeback with a tying goal in the 9th minute from Ellie Quercia off of a corner kick from Ellie Schmid. The 1-1 halftime score was broken in the 60th minute when the Timbers got the match-winner from Reynolds on an assist from Schmid.

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Lauryn Peters (far right) scored four goals as the Hoppers romped. (Amanda Freisz.)

Yakima United 7-1 Fuerza FC

YAKIMA, WA—Yakima United FC (1-2-1) scored a club-record seven goals on Saturday as they romped past visiting Fuerza FC (1-1-0) at Sozo Sports Complex.

Lauryn Peters scored four goals for the Hoppers. Her strikes came in the 7th, 13th, 56th and 70th minutes.  Peters also assisted on Natalie Nagle’s goal in the 54th minute.

Match Gallery: by Amanda Freisz.

The match was just 2-0 Hoppers at halftime. Things got even closer when Fuerza pulled one back in the 47th minute on a goal from Jalisa Santiago to make it 2-1. After that the Hoppers exploded for five goals. Along with two more from Peters and the strike from Nagle the Hoppers also got goals from Taylor Plata (assist to Courtney Ahn) in the 73rd and Olivia Stenquist in the 85th.

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Marissa Mykines knocked in this 90th minute winner for the Shadow on Saturday. (David Falk.)

Olympic Force 1-2 Spokane Shadow

PORT ORCHARD, WA— The Olympic Force (0-2-1) took a 1-0 lead in the second  half before the Spokane Shadow (2-0-0) rallied to tie and then win the match in a wild late finish at South Kitsap High School on Saturday.

Marissa Mykines battled with Olympic goalkeeper Ricci Wiedbrecht at the post and the ball got through on a roll into the Force goal  in the 90th minute as the Shadow escaped with a 2-1 win. Moments later Wiedbrecht was red-carded on a breakaway run by Spokane. The ensuing free kick didn’t hit the mark and the match ended with emotions perking on both sides.

Match Gallery: by David Falk

Olympic took a 1-0 lead in the 47th minute when Jolene Kvinsland beat the Spokane defense. It was 1-1 in the 66th when Kaelyn Barnes got the Shadow level on an assist from Callie Best.

2017 Northwest Premier League Table

Table updated for matches played through May 14, 2017

CLUB PTS PLD W L T GF GA GD

SEATTLE STARS

 12

 4

 4

 0

 0

 9

 2

+7

SPOKANE SHADOW

 6

 2

 2

 0

 0

 5

 1

+4

WASHINGTON TIMBERS

6

 3

 2

 1

 0

 6

 3

 +3

YAKIMA UNITED

 4

 4

 1

 2

 1

 10

 8

 +2

TWIN CITY UNION

4

 3

 1

 1

 1

 5

 5

0

FUERZA FC

 3

 2

 1

 1

 0

 3

 8

-5

OLYMPIC FORCE

 1

 3

 0

 2

 1

 2

 4

 -2

NCW ALLIANCE

 1

 3

 0

 2

 1

 2

 6

-4

WPSS Shock

 0

 2

 0

 2

 0

 0

 5

 -5

W= wins L=losses T=ties GF=goals for GA=goals against GD=goal differential

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