The 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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