May 7, 2017 NWPL Players of Week shine for Stars, Force

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BREMERTON, WA—The Northwest Premier League announces its Players of the Week for May 7, 2017. On offense a forward was all ‘Go’ for the Seattle Stars as they improved to 3-0-0. On defense a goalkeeper posted a ‘Stop’ sign in front of the Olympic Force goal in a shutout at Yakima.

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Abbey Lincoln’s brace led Seattle over WPSS Shock on Sunday in Puyallup. (Dave Miller)

OFFENSE – ABBEY LINCOLN (SEATTLE STARS)

Seattle Stars Head Coach Chris Wells invited Green River CC forward Abbey Lincoln to join the Stars this season. His invite paid big dividends on Sunday May 7 at the Washington Premier FC Fields Complex in Puyallup as Abbey Lincoln (Kentridge High School / PNW Soccer Club) scored twice to lead the Stars to a 2-0 win over last year’s title contender WPSS Shock.

“Abbey came up big for us in an important game,” says Wells. “Grabbing her first goal in the first half, she broke through the line and was able to get one-on-one with the goalkeeper. The second goal, near the end of the game, she managed to hit a bouncing shot with her left foot and secure us the 2-0 result.”

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The save was made this time by WPSS Goalkeeper Jenna Poland, but two others got through for Abbey Lincoln and her Seattle Stars. (Dave Miller)

Forwards can find themselves on streaks, and Lincoln hadn’t scored yet this season for first-place Seattle. “It was a big game for Abbey. As a forward, it you haven’t found the net in a few games, it can start building up and become something that is in the back of your head. Abbey took care of that in a big way.”

Wells says having Lincoln on his side has always been part of the plan. “Abbey was a player I coached against at the college level. She was over at Green River and was a difficult player to play against for her two years. When I was brought on with the Stars, getting her in the mix was one of the first steps I made to building the team.”

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Ricci Wienbrecht (left) saved 9 shots as the Olympic Force drew 0-0 at Yakima. (Tracie Fowler)

DEFENSE – RICCI WIENBRECHT (OLYMPIC FORCE)

RICCIIt was a big occasion for Yakima United. They were playing their first league match at the new Sozo Sports Complex. Olympic Force goalkeeper Ricci Wienbrecht shut them down with 9 saves in a 0-0 draw.

“Ricci was stellar,” says Force General Manager Micah McMonagle. “She communicated well with her defenders all game — keeping them organized and helping to limit the chances for the Yakima forwards. When the shots came, she saved everything she should have. She saved four that certainly could have just as easily found a way into the net — including a nice double save that was just kept out.”

Wienbrecht is getting back into the elite game,  making her performance all the more admirable. “Ricci played fearless in the face of forwards that came at her hard every time the ball was near. Really, quite the performance for a 31-year-old mother of four that hasn’t played highly competitive soccer since she played for Tacoma Community College in 2004-2005,” McMonagle says.

About the Northwest Premier League Players of the Week Honors

The Northwest Premier League will honor an offensive and defensive standout each week of the regular season. The league encourages nominees from head coaches. A panel of 3 NWPL staff members vote on the honors. The players who are honored receive a “NWPL Player of the Week” scarf. 

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Bella Brown of Twin City Union holds up her NWPL Player of the Week (Offense) scarf awarded for her performance on April 30, 2017. (TCU photo)

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