On a red-hot Sunday in Washington Yakima United and Seattle Stars netted wins that pushed them both up the table in the Northwest Premier League.
Yakima United 5-2 Fuerza FC
Yakima United FC and Fuerza FC kicked off with a temperature of over 100 degrees at Marquette Stadium. That didn’t translate into a low-scoring match, though. Instead, the Hoppers erupted for five goals and Fuerza answered with two of their own.Shallise Rodriguez scored a brace for the Hoppers.
Yakima scored twice very early on, with goals in the 7th minute (Bianca Ramirez) and then again just a minute later (Kayla Gonzales.) It was a quick 2-0 for the home side.
Fuerza drew one back in the 24th minute on goal from McKenzie Buell. Then in the 43rd minute teenage sensation Espy Soriano-Sanchez brought Fuerza level at 2-2.
It seemed the match wuld go into the break even, but instead a rare brace in added time changed the slant of the proceedings. Shallise Rodriguez scored in added time of the first half to make it 3-2, and then with added time still ticking away she knocked in a second one. Suddenly it was 4-2 Hoppers as the whistle blew.
The second half saw one goal, scored by Yakima’s Courtney Abrams in the 72nd minute.
The win improves the Hoppers to 6 points on a 2-3-0 record, good enough to vault them all the way up to third place in the table. The loss drops Fuerza (4 points, 1-3-1) into the last spot in the NWPL.
Seattle Stars 2-1 Twin City Union
The Stars got two first half goals and then held off the Union at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila on Sunday night June 5.
Seattle’s goals came from Karen Orelliana (32nd minute) and Julianna Sakeyfio (40th.)
Twin City answered back with a goal of their own in the 62nd from Micaylla O’Leary.
The win improves the Stars to 6 points on a 1-2-3 record, good enough to bump them up to 4th place in the table. The Union are now 1-3-2 on 5 points, sitting 5th in the NWPL.