Buell, Heaton lead clubs to big road wins, secure POTW honors for June 11


BREMERTON, WA— The Northwest Premier League today announces that McKenzie Buell of Fuerza FC and Emily Heaton of the Washington Timbers have been chosen as the NWPL Players of the Week for June 11, 2017.


McKenzie Buell. (Quinn Width / goalWA.net)


For the second week in a row Fuerza FC provide the Offensive Player of the Week. Fuerza went into WPSS Shock’s home field on Sunday and scored a 4-0 win, including a goal and an assist from McKenzie Buell.

“She had an amazing game actually,” says Fuerza Head Coach Tony Carillo. “On her goal the keeper for the Shock cleared it right to her and she had the smarts to realize that keeper was out of position. She also had a shot hit the post and another “upper v” attempt that was an amazing save. She had two other through balls that were not finished, but one that was. Overall McKenzie was a big part of the reason we came away with the win.”

Buell’s goal was the match-winner in the 20th minute. Her assist was a back-breaker in the 72nd minute that made it 2-0 on a goal by Jalisa Santiago.


Emily Heaton. (Alan Moditz Photography)

EMILY HEATON  (DEFENSE) – Washington Timbers

The Washington Timbers shut down Yakima United 4-0 on Saturday at Sozo Sports Complex. Emily Heaton led the way on defense.

“Emily Heaton is an unbelievable central defender and huge asset to the team,” says Timbers Head Coach Kat Tarr. “Her ability to stay calm on the ball in tight situations and win one on one battles is very special. She is also a very kind person and is a great leader.”

Heaton’s biggest moment was when a forward from the Yakima-side broke through the backline and was headed straight to goal on a dribble. Heaton was able to chase the player down, and steal the ball off of the forward’s foot right before a point blank shot at the top of the 18. Heaton led the Timber’s backline to their second straight shut-out in the season and has started every game for the Timbers.”

Tarr says Heaton’s future in college is also now set. “We are proud to announce that she just signed to Corban University on a full tuition scholarship after an amazing two years at Clark College. I expect great things from this player as she moves forward in her student-athlete career at Corban.”

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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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