Month: May 2017

Player of the week honor for May 21st EPLWA

Bjork, Ricigliano nab Player of Week honors in EPLWA for May 21, 2017

Posted on May 23, 2017 by 

jpgEPLWA POTW (4)BELLINGHAM, WA— The Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA) today announces its latest Players of the Week on the heals of a weekend of action that saw 30 goals scored over 5 matches.

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Tyler Bjork (left) scored a brace as Seattle topped Yakima. (Dave Miller)

OFFENSE – TYLER BJORK  (Seattle Stars)

SeattleStarsFCLogo (1)In a weekend where 30 goals were scored there were a number of two-goal performances (“braces.”) The one that stood out most because it was crucial in his club’s victory was the pair scored by all-time EPLWA leading scorer Tyler Bjork. He helped his Seattle Stars to the top of the table with a wild 6-3 win at Yakima United.

The score initially credited Bjork with a hat trick. However, Tyler was quick to point out that one of his goals actually belonged to Atty Taylor. Bjork’s teammate Miles Sanchez also scored twice in the match.

“Although I didn’t get a hat trick, it is an honor to get this award,” says Bjork. “I thought we played extremely well. We had four different players find the back of the net. Nobody on our team would have found this success if we didn’t come together as a group and alter our tactics coming into the second half. As always there is much room for improvement, but collectively I think as a team we showed unlimited hunger and resilience to produce a victory.”

The recognition marks the third straight year that the fast-starting Bjork has won POTW honors in the month of May.

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Brent Ricigliano’s versatility paid off for the Force on Sunday. (David Falk)

DEFENSE – BRENT RICIGLIANO (Olympic Force)

oscforce_400Sometimes it takes being in the right place at the right time — and ON time! Brent Riciglianois generally an attacking option for the Olympic Force. On Sunday against WPSS Shock he was inserted as an outside back when one his teammates was late to warm-ups. Brent went on to shut down the Shock as Olympic recorded their first-ever win over their bridge rivals by a score of 3-1.

“Brent played brilliantly the whole game and shut down everyone they sent at him,” says Force General Manager Micah McMonagle.  “He cut out passes, won every tackle, never got beat down the line and was able to push into the attack numerous times with the ball down the right side of the field creating opportunities that led to the first goal.”

“I thought Brent had a great game,” agrees Olympic Head Coach Steve Cashmore. “Winning lots of balls and keeping possession nicely for us. He has played upfront for us but can play anywhere and when a spot opened up he took advantage of the situation. He has also been our back up keeper in a couple games and his versatility comes in very handy.”

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About the Players of the Week honors

The Evergreen Premier League  will be selecting an offensive and defensive Player of the Week each week during the 2017 season. The Players of the Week will be acknowledged with a pair of custom, unique socks featuring the EPLWA logo. The socks are from Rock’Em Apparel, the Official Provider of the weekly reward. The league worked with Rock’Em Apparel to finalize the look of the socks. The league logo is complemented by a rendering of George Washington in the State seal.

EPLWA Logo-06-CROP-500The phrase “Rock ‘Em” represents the willingness to achieve greatness; to go above and beyond limits,” says www.RockEmApparel.com.

Evergreen Premier League players will work to do just that for their clubs this season. The best of the best will have cool custom socks to show off around town for their efforts.

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NWPL STARS STAY ON TOP

Stars stay on top; Shadow close behind

Posted on May 22, 2017 by 

DSC_2798The top six teams in the final standings will make the first-ever playoffs for the Northwest Premier League in 2017. Right now Seattle Stars and Spokane Shadow are well on their way to making those playoffs as the two sides continue to win matches. The weekend of May 20-21 the Shadow won two more while Seattle bounced back from their only loss to win their 5th of the season.

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Courtney Ahn scored the tying goal on Saturday for the Hoppers. (YUFC Twitter)

Yakima United 2-1 Seattle Stars

YAKIMA, WA— The Hoppers (2-2-1) slowed down the Stars (5-1-0) at Sozo by giving them their first loss of the 2017 season. Alexis Kreiger gave Seattle a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute. The Hoppers rallied in the second half on goals from Courtney Ahn in the 52nd and Madison Brownell in the 79th. Yakima goalkeeper Addy Eckstrom saved a Seattle penalty kick try in the 50th minute that would have made it 2-0. Instead the home side rallied for the big win.

Yakima goals: Courtney Ahn, Madison Brownell

Seattle goals: Alexis Kreiger

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Spokane Shadow shut out Washington Timbers on Saturday. (Alan Moditz)

Washington Timbers 0-2 Spokane Shadow

VANCOUVER, WA— The Spokane Shadow (4-0-0) beat the Washington Timbers 2-0 on Saturday at Harmony Sports Complex in the first-ever meeting between the two clubs at the NWPL level. Havana Johnson’sbrace was enough for Spokane. Her goals came in the 2nd and 27th minutes.

Match Gallery: by Alan Moditz

Spokane goals: Havana Johnson (2)

Spokane Shut Out: Ashlyn Juul

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Spokane Shadow at Twin City Union on May 21, 2017. (TCU Facebook)

Twin City Union 1-2 Spokane Shadow

CENTRALIA, WA— The Spokane Shadow (4-0-0) continued their unbeaten road record in 2017 (and overall record as well) with a tight 2-1 win over the Twin City Union (1-2-1) on Sunday at Tiger Stadium. Megan Bare gave Spokane the lead in the 24th minute. The home side were level at halftime thanks to a goal in the 35th minute from Lauren Allison. Spokane’s winner came in the 69th from Tiana Helm.

Twin City Union goals: Lauren Allison

Spokane Shadow goals: Megan Bare, Tiana Helm

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WPSS Shock starters in their 3-1 win at Olympic Force. (Shock photo)

Olympic Force 1-3 WPSS Shock

GIG HARBOR, WA— Washington Premier South Sound (1-2-0) earned their first win of the 2017 season with a 3-1 victory over the Olympic Force (0-3-1) at Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor on Sunday May 21. The Shock took a 1-0 halftime lead on a goal from Anna Gentile in the 16th minute. In the 48th minute Gentile scored her second of the match to make it 2-0. The Shock gave themselves some room to breathe when Dani Orellana made it 3-0 just three minutes later in the 51st. The Force ended the shut out with a goal of their own from Kaysie Bruce in the 61st.

Olympic Force goals: Kaysie Bruce

WPSS Shock goals: Anna Gentile (2), Dani Orellana

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Seattle Stars versus Fuerza FC. (Quinn Width)

Seattle Stars 2-1 Fuerza FC

KENT, WA— A day after dropping their first match of the season the Seattle Stars (5-1-0) bounced back with a win over Fuerza FC (1-2-0) at French Field. Annie Flora gave the Stars the lead in the 30th minute. Fuerza drew level in the 46th thanks to Hannah Nicholson. Seattle’s winner came from Alexis Krieger in the 70th minute.

Match Gallery: by Quinn Width

Seattle Stars goals: Annie Flora, Alexis Krieger

Fuerza goals: Hannah Nicholson

Updated NWPL Table – Click to ENLARGE

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Bjork, Gonzalez score to lead Seattle Stars over Olympic Force

Bjork, Gonzalez score to lead Seattle Stars over Olympic Force

Posted on May 1, 2017 by 

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Seattle Stars defense gets ready. Goalkeeper Carlos Rodriguez at center. (Stars photo)

KENT, WA— Two of the players to watch this season on the Seattle Stars (1-0-0, 3 points) attack were in good form on opening day as the home side held for a 2-1 win over the Olympic Force (0-1-0, 0 points) at French Field.

Tyler Bjork, the leading scorer in the history of the Evergreen Premier League, got his 35th career strike in the EPLWA in the 32nd minute (see video) to give Seattle a 1-0 lead.

Brandon Gonzalez, recently featured in this goalWA.net story, made it 2-0 for Seattle with a goal of his own in the 51st.

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Brandon Gonzalez (center) and Tyler Bjork (right) scored goals to lead the Stars over the Force on Sunday at French Field in Kent. (Stars photo)

The Force kept battling and they were rewarded with a penalty kick call in the 89th minute. Diego Aceves converted the chance for a 2-1 final.

The result reverses last year’s season opener for both sides which went to the Force, 4-1.

Next Saturday May 6 Seattle Stars will host Yakima United at French Field at 6 PM. The next day the Olympic Force will be at Yakima to face the Hoppers at 4:30 PM at Sozo.

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