Peters, Crooks honored as May 14 NWPL Players of Week

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BREMERTON, WA—The Northwest Premier League announces that its Players of the Week for May 14, 2017 are Lauryn Peters (Offense) of Yakima United and AJ Crooks (Defense) of Spokane Shadow.

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Lauryn Peters. (Amanda Freisz)

OFFENSE – LAURYN PETERS (YAKIMA UNITED)

On Saturday at Sozo Sports Complex Yakima United romped over visiting Fuerza FC by a score of 7-1. Lauryn Peters was a direct part of five of those goals – scoring four and adding an assist for the Hoppers.

Peters’ strikes came in the 7th, 13th, 56th and 70th minutes. She also assisted on Natalie Nagle’s goal in the 54th minute.

“I’m a huge fan of Lauryn’s , I absolutely love watching her play,” says YUFC Head Coach Josh Vega. “She’s a great kid ,incredibly quick, always knows where the goal is , and her work rate during games is remarkable. She’s relentless , no play is ever truly dead when Lauryn is on the pitch and her skill and technique are also so sound that once she’s done the work to win the ball , there’s not many players I’ve seen in this league that I’d rather have taking those chances. Those qualities were on full display Saturday, scoring four times, having a handful of other chances, and setting up Nat’s goal as well. She’s just a very special, exciting young player to watch, and we’re thrilled to have her in our team this year.”

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AJ Crooks in goal against the Force. (David Falk)

DEFENSE – AJ CROOKS (SPOKANE SHADOW)

Spokane Shadow entered NWPL action last weekend with a road sweep of Olympic Force and WPSS Shock. In goal for both matches was Shadow youth standout AJ Crooks.

The high school sophomore (Central Valley Bears) had several big saves on Saturday that allowed the Shadow to come back to win against the Olympic Force and then kept a clean sheet against South Sound on Sunday.

AJ was with the Shadow a few times last year and started their opener in Yakima until an injury in second half. More recently, she led the Spokane Sounders to the U16 State Cup title the previous weekend. Crooks allowed  zero goals in four group games and one each in semifinal and final.

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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Ricci Wiedbrecht holds her Player of the Week scarf. (Olympic Force)

 

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