BREMERTON, WA—The Northwest Premier League (NWPL) has concluded its first-ever season with two matches being played the final week. The league has selected Savannah Coiner of the Spokane Shadow and Tianna Helm of Twin City Union as co-Players of the Week for July 31, 2016.
“I am so happy to hear that Savannah was selected for co-POTW,” says Shadow Head Coach Kevin Moon. “Her consistency at the back has been one of the catalysts for our team’s success this year and she really does deserve to be recognized that.”
Coiner (Clemson) came up big again last weekend as the Shadow avenged their only loss of the season by beating South Sound FC 2-1 at Spokane Falls Stadium. “Last weekend she was as consistent as ever and really stamped her imprint on the game when she moved into the midfield about 30 minutes in,” Moon describes.
“The game completely changed at that point as Savannah dictated the tempo from deeper positions and Sarah Rhodes-Cox and Marissa Mykines were able to get involved higher up the field to help control the way we attacked. We really played well in the second half, created a lot of goalscoring opportunities and we felt a bit unlucky not to have taken advantage of more of them. The entire team was excited to see Savannah score the game winner!”
Twin City Union were shooting for a third place finish behind Spokane and South Sound. The numbers said they had it done with 15 points because of a tiebreaker over Yakima. The Union didn’t want to rely on those numbers, so instead they went out ane beat Fuerza FC 2-1 in Marysville on a brace from Tianna Hlem.
“Tianna did a great job controlling the midfield vs Fuerza,” says Henry Gallanger, Chair of the TCUFC Executive Board. “Typically, Tianna does a great job of threading that pass that unlocks the defense that leads to another teammate scoring. In this game she took opportunities given to her and had well placed shots.”
The Gonzaga junior from Cashmere, WA turned goal-scorer.
“Her first goal was a great individual effort of skill as she turned on her defender, split through two more and had a 1v1 with the keeper,” describes Gallanger.
“Her second goal she was in the right place at the right time Mariah (Roggow) did a great job of finding her at near the penalty spot for a one time finish. Tianna, along with the rest of the team, did well and finished the season on a high note.”