The Northwest Premier League played matches over the June 10-11 weekend that helped define the race for not only the top spot in the table but also for the six playoff spots that will be earned in the 2017 season.
Spokane Shadow 1-2 Seattle Stars
SPOKANE WA— The visiting Seattle Stars (6-1-0) rallied for a big win over the Shadow (5-1-0) in a battle for first place which also saw an unfortunate injury to Seattle’s Angela Celedon. The Shadow took a 1-0 lead into halftime on a 27th minute goal from Larkin Russell. As this story describes, just before halftime there was an injury scare on the pitch for Seattle. In the second half the visitors rallied for two goals. India Jencks evened the score at 1-1 in the 47th. Then in the 66th minute Sunshine Soriano lofted the winner home in a crowded Shadow penalty area.
Spokane Shadow goals: Larkin Russell.
Seattle Stars goals: India Jencks, Sunshine Soriano.
Olympic Force 0-3 Twin City Union
BREMERTON, WA— The Twin City Union (2-3-1) pulled away with three second half goals to upend the Olympic Force (0-4-2) on Saturday at Gordon Field.
Match Gallery: Olympic Force v. Twin City Union
The match began with a patriotic moment when the missing American flag was substituted by Emily Sorenson’s goalkeeper gloves. The Union got goals from Maddie Midstokke (49th minute), Gloria Petri (75th) and Lauren Frost (90+) to secure the win.
Twin City Union goals: Maddie Midstokke, Gloria Petri, Lauren Frost
Yakima United 0-4 Washington Timbers
YAKIMA, WA— The Washington Timbers (3-2-1) surprised Yakima United (2-3-1) with a big 4-goal win on Saturday night at Sozo Sports Complex. The Timbers moved to 3rd in the table with the result. The visitors got two quick goals in the 14th and 15th minutes to pull ahead. First it was Milla Benedetti and then it was Riley MacDonald. In the second half the Timbers cruised to the win with goals from Ellie Schmid (54th minute) and Ellie Quercia (81st.)
Washington Timbers goals: Milla Benedetti, Riley MacDonald, Ellie Schmid, Ellie Quercia.
WPSS Shock 0-4 Fuerza FC
PUYALLUP, WA— Fuerza FC (3-2-0) made their move for a playoff spot with a huge 4-nil win over WPSS Shock (2-3-0) on Sunday at WPFC Fields in Puyallup. McKenzie Buell scored a goal and assisted on another. Her 20th-minute strike stood up all the way until the 72nd minute when a flurry of late goals sent Fuerza home happy. In the 72nd it was Jalisa Santiago (Buell assist.) In the 79th it was Lindsay Weikel. Closing it out in the 83rd was Tia Carillo.
Fuerza FC goals: McKenzie Buell, Jalisa Santiago, Lindsay Weikel, Tia Carillo.