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Big night for Evergreen Premier League at WSASA 2017 Hall of Fame banquet

Big night for Evergreen Premier League at WSASA 2017 Hall of Fame banquet

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Peter Ostrovsky.

BOTHELL, WA— The Evergreen Premier League had some special people honored at the 2017 Washington State Adult Soccer Hall of Fame banquet held on November 4th.

EPLWA President emeritus Peter Ostrovsky was honored with the Presidents Award. On the pitch all-time league leading scorer Tyler Bjork was named Male Player of the Year.

In addition, Yakima United’s Teresa Vega was inducted into the WSASA Hall of Fame for her years of service in adult soccer in Washington.

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Seattle Stars at the WSASA Hall of Fame: Juan Sandoval, Omar Lara, Tyler Bjork, Margarito Avila.

Seattle Stars clinch club’s first-ever EPLWA Championship

Seattle Stars clinch club’s first-ever EPLWA Championship

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RIDGEFIELD, WA— Seattle Stars FC scored a 4-0 win over Vancouver Victory FC early Saturday evening at Ridgefield Stadium to claim the 2017 Evergreen Premier League Title. It is the first EPLWA title for the Stars.

Stars forward Tyler Bjork got the match-winner in the 40th minute when he scored his 14th goal of the year. The all-time leading scorer in league history has now tied the league record for goals in a season. He also scored 14 in 2016.

The Stars added more as the match went on. Just two minutes after Bjork’s goalAlex Castillo made it 2-0 for Seattle. Vancouver nicked in an own goal midway through the second half to make it 3-0. Then in the 90th minute the Stars put a capper on their championship season with a fourth and final goal scored by Adama Kante.

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The Stars, who  had never managed a winning record in three previously EPLWA seasons, ended their Championship campaign with a 10-1-3 record and 33 standings points. It’s the second highest points total in league history (Spokane 35 in 2015.)

On Sunday at 4:45 PM at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila the Stars Women will play for the Northwest Premier League title against the Washington Timbers. They will also be remembering teammate Haylei Hughes who died earlier this week. In a full day for the club, the EPLWA Champion Men are also expected to be at Starfire to be presented with their trophy and medals.

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Seattle Stars get their 2017 Evergreen Premier League Medals, trophy

Seattle Stars get their 2017 Evergreen Premier League medals, trophy

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TUKWILA, WA— Seattle Stars FC were awarded their 2017 Evergreen Premier Leaguetrophy and medals at Starfire Sports Stadium at half time of the Northwest Premier League Final on Sunday July 30.

EPLWA President Peter Ostrovsky and league VP of Competition and WSASA PresidentTim Busch present the Stars players and staff with championship medals and theRuffneck Scarves EPLWA 2017 title trophy.

Photos: Stars get their silverware

Ostrovsky handed the trophy over to Tyler Bjork, who scored 14 goals during the season. Bjork brought it home to his mates, who raised it high in the air as the Stars celebrated their first league title.

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EPLWA President Peter Ostrovsky with the 2017 Ruffneck Scarves EPLWA trophy.
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Tyler Bjork (left) Carlos Betancourt (center) and Justin Soto (right) with their medals.

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Seattle Stars, NWPL mourn the loss of player Haylei Hughes

Seattle Stars, NWPL mourn the loss of player Haylei Hughes

Posted on July 28, 2017 by 

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Haylei Hughes (back row, first player on the right) with her Seattle Stars teammates last week in their playoff win over Fuerza FC.

BREMERTON, WA—Seattle Stars FC and the Northwest Premier Leagueare in shock and mourning after the tragic death of player Haylei Hugheson Wednesday night. Haylei was with a group hiking at Wallace Falls in Snohomish County when reports say she fell into the water.

Haylei joined the Seattle Stars from Las Vegas, where she was a star athlete for Cimarron-Memorial High School. She was slated to be a key player with Highline Community College soccer in Des Moines this year in the NWAC.

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People gather for a vigil in memory of former Cimarron-Memorial HS student-athlete Haylei Hughes, who died in a hiking accident in Wash.

 

Seattle Stars players were told of Haylei’s passing on Thursday night while at the same time in Las Vegas many of her friends were gathering to lend each other support. The Las Vegas Review-Journal posted this story.

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Haylei Hughes (center) with Stars teammates during last week’s NWPL Semifinals win over Fuerza FC. (Rick Edelman)

Seattle Stars Women’s Head Coach Chris Wells recruited Haylei for his Highline Thunderbirds side. Wells said on Facebook:

2017_Stars_clear“Haylei was truly special in so many ways. Soccer, for sure. She loved the game more than anything and the game loved her back. She was well on the way to being the most special player I’ve ever seen at this level.”

Hughes concluded, “I’ve never been closer to a recruit in my 4 years as a college coach. She was a kid who you only wanted to help and do anything you can to help her be happy in life. Haylei will never be forgotten and always loved. She will be a part of me for the rest of my life, and for that, I am truly thankful and blessed.”

The Seattle Stars will host the Washington Timbers on Sunday July 30 at 4:45 PM at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, WA in the Northwest Premier League Championship Match. Seattle will dedicate their performance to the life and competitive spirit of Haylei Hughes.

Memories of Haylei’s life are currently being shared at the Twitter hashtag#RIPHaylei.

A Go Fund Me account has been established to assist Haylei’s family.

 Rest easy Haylei. We will always remember your beautiful smile, that big heart of yours and your fearless competitive spirit.