Recap: Four matches add excitement to NWPL season

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Spokane split their weekend with a win in Bremerton and a loss in Lakewood. (Gerald Barnhart)

The Northwest Premier League continued its inaugural season last weekend with four matches that saw  17 goals. Some of those goals included big ones for Twin City Union (first-ever goal), Yakima United (first-ever win) and South Sound (first-ever loss for Spokane.)

On Saturday Yakima United earned their first-ever league victory with a 1-0 shutout over Seattle Stars FC at Marquette Stadium. Spokane kept their scoring machine churning with a 9-2 win over the Olympic Force in Bremerton.

On Sunday the South Sound Shock knocked of the Shadow 2-1 to abruptly end Spokane’s complete dominance of the NWPL. Later the Twin City Union drew 208 fans to Tiger Stadium and rewarded them with the club’s first goal in an eventual 1-1 draw against Fuerza FC.

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Kaley Roberts kicks home the winner as YUFC grabbed their first-ever NWPL win. (Tracie Fowler)

Yakima United 1-0 Seattle Stars

It was a day of firsts for the Hoppers (1-2-0) as they got their first shutout and victory. Amanda Freisz made five saves and Kaley Roberts scored the winner in the 70th minute over Seattle (0-1-2.) (Yakima Herald report here.)

Olympic Force 2-9 Spokane Shadow

The Shadow (3-0-0) scored 9 goals for the second straight match to clobber the Force (0-2-1) in Bremerton. (Spokane match report here.) Shadow goals came from Karley Baggerly (3), Tiara Pittman-Thomas (2), Tasha Luu (2). Megan Lindsay and Sarah Cox. Olympic got a brace from Michaela Wallitner (2).

South Sound 2-1 Spokane Shadow

The South Sound women opened the scoring after a penalty kick was awarded at 20’. Hanna Massee took her shot and capitalized on the opportunity. Spokane Shadow women leveled the match 1-1 in the 29’ with a goal from Sara Cox. The South Sound women didn’t let that stand for long as Anna Gentile dug a ball out from two Shadow defenders and sent it to Jamie Hoffman who scored the women’s second and winning goal of the match. With the win South Sound Women move up to second place in the standings.

Twin City Union 1-1 Fuerza FC

The Union played their first home match before 208 fans at Tiger Stadium and earned their first goal and point along the way. Mariah Roggow scored for TCU in the 13th. They held for a long time but in the 78th minute McKenzie Buell drew Fuerza even.

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