The Northwest Premier League kicked off on Sunday May 1 with three matches as elite amaeur women’s soccer gained a foothold in the state of Washington. See the updated table here.
SOUTH SOUND 2-0 TWIN CITY UNION
LAKEWOOD, WA— The first-ever match in the NWPL was held at Harry Lang Stadium in Lakewood with a 1 PM kickoff under brilliant blue skies as South Sound FC (1-0-0) hosted Twin City Union (0-1-0) before 138 fans.
It took until the second half for the league to get its historic first goal. That happened in the 47th minute when Hanna Massee found Gig Harbor’s Brittany Schroeder who converted for a 1-0 South Sound lead.
The Shock added a second goal in the minute when Shelby Vaver assisted on a score by Emily Wilkins.
The two sides finished it out 2-0 in what might become a fun I-5 rivalry as the years go by.
YAKIMA UNITED 2-5 SPOKANE SHADOW
YAKIMA, WA— Megan Lindsay scored the first hat trick in NWPL history as the Spokane Shadow (1-0-0) outlasted Yakima United’s Hoppers (0-1-0) 5-2 before around 450 fans at Marquette Stadium on May 1. The event was well-covered by the Yakima Herald (read story here.)
Photos: Megan Lindsay’s great day for the Spokane Shadow. (Gerald Barnhart.)
All three Lindsay strikes were completely different. The early tally came when Sarah Cox beat a defender in the right corner and sent a ball in toward the six, finding the head of Lindsay, who calmly nodded it inside the left post.
Yakima nearly tied it up in the 10th when a Yakima striker got past the defense only to send her shot over the goal.
A great individual play from Lindsay doubled the score in the 16th when she took the ball at midfield and drove all the way to the box before cutting inside a defender and deftly placed a shot off the underside of the bar that bounced over the line and then back up inside the roof of the goal.
Five minutes later Shadow youth standout Alisa Crooks made an outstanding tip save on a Yakima free kick from the far left.
Lindsay turned provider shortly after in the 24th when she connected with Marissa Mykines, who ripped a shot from about 25 yards into the left side of the goal.
With just seconds remaining in the half Lindsay nabbed her third on a short ball forward from Kellie Zakrzewski that put her on a run to goal. Lindsay drove past a defender and sent a slow roller inside the left post from 17 yards.
Lindsay’s hat-trick, the first in NWPL history, was a historic repeat for the Shadow as Mike Ramos was the first to accomplish the feat in EPLWA on July 19, 2014.
The Hoppers took advantage of a bit of early-season miscommunication about five minutes into the second half to get on the board via Amber Simms. At the hour mark, though, Cox restored the three-goal margin with a strike from about 17 yards.
Yakima netted their second in the 62nd minute when a low ball sent from the right got past back-up keeper Jenna Lauer inside the six and was buried far post by Susana Arreola.
Lindsay nearly netted a fourth with nine minutes left when she connected for a great header off a corner only to see the Yakima keeper make a fingertip save onto the crossbar.
SEATTLE STARS 0-0 OLYMPIC FORCE
KENT, WA— The first nil-nil draw didn’t take long…in fact it only took the first day and the third-ever contest for the NWPL to see a double shutout!
Here’s what the Force had to say about their performance on their Facebook page:
The Women of the Force (0-1-0) took on the Seattle Stars FC (0-1-0) on May Day for the opening game of their first Northwest Premier League Season! The game was a warm one with the scoreboard reading over 80 degrees at kickoff.
The ladies had some great opportunities in the game. In the first half Angelique White had a one on one with the Stars keeper that she just couldn’t poke by her. A few minutes later she chipped a ball over the keeper that just caught the crossbar and somehow managed to stay out.
In the second half, the best opportunity of the game came through the work and play of Cervesa Modelo Woman of the Match, Liz Oba. Tireless all game, Liz was the link between the offense and defense all day. She covered from box to box and touch line to touch line lending her support wherever it was needed most. Late in the second half, Oba made a run into the box beating a defender before getting upended by the keeper resulting in a penalty. Unfortunately for the Force, Tallman’s effort on the PK was blocked and she sent her rebound over the bar.
In the end, this game was about defense. The outside backs of Harlan and sister Lyons did a great job all game and were anchored by the strength behind them of Haynes and Tallman. GK DeeDee was rarely tested thanks to the work of the team in front of her.