NWPL Update: Seattle Stars, Spokane Shadow clinch playoff spots

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NWPL Primary CrestThe race for the playoffs in the Northwest Premier League (NWPL) was served a six-pack of matches over the June 17-18 weekend. The results are in for all six games but the race to the final four playoff spots is still ongoing.

The “magic number” of standings points to clinch a spot is 15. Seattle Stars (21) and Spokane Shadow (15) are in. Now those two sides will try to lock down top-two spots and first round byes.

(Cover photo: Seattle Stars and NCW Alliance take the pitch at French Field in Kent on June 17. Seattle Stars Facebook)

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Fuerza wins at Union with just 11 players traveling. (Fuerza Facebook)

Twin City Union 0-1 Fuerza FC

CENTRALIA, WA— In an important match in the race for a playoff spot Fuerza FC (4-3-0) traveled with just 11 players but managed a 1-0 win at Tiger Stadium over the Twin City Union (2-5-1.) The winning goal was scored by Karin Heisen in the 12th minute.

Fuerza FC goals: Karin Heisen

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Starting 11 for WPSS Shock against Yakima United. (Shock Facebook)

WPSS Shock 2-0 Yakima United

PUYALLUP, WA— Washington Premier South Sound (3-3-0) shut out the Hoppers of Yakima United (3-4-1) on Saturday at the WPFC Fields Complex. Machaela Graddy scored both Shock goals. Jenna Poland recorded the clean sheet in goal for WPSS.

WPSS goals: Machaela Graddy (2)

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Alliance at Stars. (NCW Alliance Facebook)

Seattle Stars 4-0 NCW Alliance

KENT, WA— The first-place Seattle Stars (7-1-0) used a 4-goal first half to coast over the winless NCW Alliance (0-6-1) on Saturday at French Field. Lexi Krieger scored a brace while other goals came from Sunshine Soriano and Analise Miller-Wells.

Seattle Stars goals: Lexi Krieger (2), Sunshine Soriano, Analise Miller-Wells

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Emily Peters scored the winner for the Force. (Force Twitter)

Fuerza FC 1-0 Olympic Force

EVERETT, WA—The Olympic Force (1-4-2) broke through for their first win of the season and kept their playoff hopes alive with a 1-0 shut out of Fuerza (4-3-0) at Goddard Stadium on Sunday. The winning goal came on a free kick from Emily Peters in the 59th minute.

Olympic Force goals: Emily Peters

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Lauryn Peters scored a hat trick as the Hoppers topped Alliance FC. (YUFC Twitter)

Yakima United 5-0 NCW Alliance

YAKIMA, WA—The Hoppers (3-4-1) bounced back from Saturday’s loss at WPSS to rout NCW Alliance (0-6-1) at Sozo Sports Complex on Sunday. League leading scorer Lauryn Peters raised her total to 8 goals as she scored a hat trick for Yakima in the win. Peters also chipped in an assist.

Yakima United goals: Lauryn Peters (3), Katie Freisz, Kaley Roberts.

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Union at Timbers. (Union Facebook)

Washington Timbers 3-2 Twin City Union

VANCOUVER, WA—The Washington Timbers (4-2-1) are in third place and looking playoff-bound after a tight win over Twin City Union (2-5-1) on Sunday at Harmony Sports Complex. The Timbers pulled away to a big 3-0 halftime lead before the Union came fighting back with two goals in the second half. It was 3-2 in the 53rd minute but the Timbers held the rest of the way.

Washington Timbers goals: Anyssa De Vera (2), Milla Benedetti

Twin City Union goals: Bella Brown, Leah Magee

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