Hoffman delivers shot heard round the NWPL, named Player of Week

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BREMERTON, WA— The Northwest Premier League (NWPL) announces that South Sound FC player Jamie Hoffman is the Player of the Week for matches played the week ending Sunday May 15. Hoffman scored the match-winner as the Shock beat the Spokane Shadow 2-1 at Harry Lang Stadium in Lakewood, WA.

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Jamie Hoffman.

The Spokane Shadow have begun life in the NWPL by running past their opponents. Going into Sunday’s contest at South Sound the Shadow were 3-0-0 with a goal advantage of 23-4 in those wins. The Shock gave the rest of the league proof that Spokane is beatable.

Hoffman’s goal started when Anna Gentile had the ball under the pressure of a few defenders just inside the 18 yard box on the Shock’s right side. She managed to get it out to Jamie, a few yards wider out, who chipped the keeper into the far side net.

“Her shot was a fantastic goal,”  says Shock Women’s Team  General Manager Craig Vincent.

Jamie competed at PLU, having played her four seasons for the Lutes. The Federal Way native went to Kennedy High School in Burien. She scored four goals in her senior year for the Lutes; two of them were match-winners, just like Sunday’s.

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Jamie Hoffman heads the ball in an earlier match against Seattle. The PLU senior scored the winner on Sunday for South Sound as they gave the Spokane Shadow their first-ever loss in the NWPL. (Rocky Ross / Tacoma Weekly)

“Jamie’s been a great addition to the team,” Vincent says. “We’ve been fortunate to have had her out since the beginning of the season while so many other players have been trickling in over the past few weeks or aren’t here yet.”

The Shock are looking for an improved offense, but while they search it makes each goal all that more precious. “So far we’ve not been able to find the net as often as some of the other teams, but even in our small number of goals Jamie’s been able to find a pair; the only player with more than a single goal.”

Hoffman’s winner gives the Shock momentum as the early season progresses. It also hints that perhaps there are still plenty of surprises yet to come in the first year of the NWPL.

The Shock are in action on Sunday May 22 at Curtis High School in University Place against the Olympic Force at 1 PM.

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Player of the Week honorees get a 2016 NWPL scarf.

 

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