Women Seattle Stars win 2018 NWPL title



KENT, WA— Seattle Stars FC scored early and late to take the 2018 NWPL Championship 3-1 over last year’s title holders Washington Timbers.

Ariela Lewis stunned the Timbers and thrilled the Stars’ bench when she rolled a slow shot that somehow managed to curl into the far corner of the Washington goal with just 38 seconds gone in the match. The super-charged start to the match continued when the Timbers got even right away. In the 5th minute they made it 1-1 on a goal from Ellie Schmid.

Photo sequence: #2 Ariela Lewis opens the NWPL Final with a stunning goal just 38 seconds into the match.

The match settled into a normal pace after that with the Stars having the better chances but the Timbers sticking with them on an occasional counter attack. Seattle had a shot hit the post at one point. Then in the 32nd minute they got their eventual match winner when Anna Montemor lofted a long shot across the Washington goal and into the back of the net.


In the second half the Stars continued to create chances. They had a rocket shot cling off of the metal crossbar in one  near miss. Other chances came and went. Still it remained 2-1 and Seattle’s edge in play and possession were in danger with just a single goal between the sides.

Photo sequence: Washington Timbers get even right away in the 5th minute on a goal from #7 (being hugged) Ellie Schmid. (David Falk photos)

In the late stages as the Timbers pressed forward Seattle countered and were awarded a penalty kick on a foul judged to be just inside the top of the penalty box. In the 88th minute Cara Maher converted the PK and the Stars had the cushion they were looking for. 2 minutes of added time didn’t change the final score and Head Coach Chris Wells and his team took the 2018 trophy over the club they lost it to in 2017.

Kellyn Green was named Final MVP for her dynamic presence in leading the Stars attack and possession.

Seattle goals: Ariela Lewis 1′, Anna Montemor 32′, Cara Maher (PK) 88′

Washington goals: Ellie Schmid 5′

Photo Galleries: Alan Moditz, Rick Edelman

Buchanan’s Hat trick propels Seattle Stars past Vancouver

Buchanan’s hat trick propels Seattle Stars past Vancouver

TUKWILA, WA— Seattle University forward Cody Buchananscored three goals on Saturday May 19 at Starfire Sports Stadium as Seattle Stars (2-1-0) blanked Vancouver Victory FC (1-2-0) 4-0.


Seattle Stars starting eleven on May 19.


Cody Buchanan.

Buchanan’s outburst came over just 13 minutes of play split up by the halftime whistle.

His goals came in the 44th minute (assist to Jason Rodriguez), 48th and 57th (unassisted.)

The Stars finished their rout with a fourth goal in the 76th minute from James Smith (Washington Huskies.)

The shut out in goal for Seattle went to Andrew Metcalfeanother Redhawks player.

Seattle Stars goals: Cody Buchanan (3), James Smith.

  1. Shut out: Andrew Metcalfe.

NWPL Seattle Stars FC vs Washington Timbers

Seattle Stars  2-0 Washington Timbers

TUKWILA, WA— It was a rematch of the 2017 Final as Seattle Stars (2-0-0) hosted the Washington Timbers (2-1-0) at Starfire Sports Complex on Saturday. That 2017 Final result was a 2-1 win for the Timbers. This time the Stars used two first half goals to claim all the points.

Maddie Cooley made it 1-0 Stars in the 23rd minute when she scored off of an assist from Ariela Lewis. It was 2-0 Seattle in the 44th when Lewis turned scorer herself thanks to an assist from Hannah Jenkins.

Both sides  had chances in the second half but the Seattle defense held the lead and delivered the shut out for goalkeeper Ashley Homer.

Seattle Stars goals: Maddie Cooley, Ariela Lewis.

Shut out: Ashley Homer.