The Northwest Premier League knows its Top 5 after Saturday’s results solidified the table at the top. Meanwhile the 6th and final playoff berth will be decided Sunday in Bremerton.
Seattle Stars 1-0 Washington Timbers
KENT, WA—Simone Herzberg’s 4th minute goal stood up the rest of the way as Seattle Stars (9-1-0) edged Washington Timbers (6-3-1) on Saturday at French Field in Kent. The Stars clinched the regular season title and the Timbers finished 3rd. Seattle will get a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The Timbers will host a first round match next weekend.
WPSS Shock 4-0 Twin City Union
PUYALLUP, WA— The Washington Premier South Sound Shock (5-5-0) took a 4-0 win over visiting Twin City Union (2-7-1) on Saturday at the WPFC Fields Complex. We will have match details soon. The Shock finish 5th no matter what happens today when Fuerza visits Spokane. WPSS will travel to Fuerza next weekend in the first round of the NWPL playoffs. Twin City Union finish 8th and out of the playoffs.
Spokane Shadow 5-2 Yakima United
SPOKANE, WA—The Shadow are #2 in the regular season and Yakima United awaits today’s match result between the Olympic Force and NCW Alliance to see if they will finish in or out of the playoffs.
(Spokane recap) Despite heading toward the victory, the Spokane postseason positioning was sealed with about 20 minutes remaining in the contest when Seattle Stars wrapped up a 1-0 result against third-place Washington Timbers. That locked the Shadow into the second spot and a bye to the semifinals in the NWPL postseason. With a win tomorrow, the ladies can pull even in the table with Seattle for first, but the Stars won their lone meeting earlier this season at Whitworth to hold the tiebreaker.
The game started a tad dicey as league-leading scorer Lauryn Peters stole the ball off a Shadow centerback and, all alone with the keeper to beat, finished the chance with a nice shot for the lead in the 23rd. The advantage only lasted five minutes though as Emmy Moore finished a corner from Meaghan Bare to tie it up. Hailey Tucker gave Spokane the lead in the 52nd but the Hoppers replied when Kaley Roberts struck a long looping shot that dropped in under the bar.
Spokane, though, ran off three unanswered for the win with a lot of excellent work from Havana Johnson. She scored the first in the 76th and the final goal in the 90th. Katie Bischoff also scored in the 80th in her first appearance of the season.
YAK: Lauryn Peters 23
SPO: Emmy Moore (Meaghan Bare) 28
SPO: Hailey Tucker (Katie Bischoff) 52
YAK: Kaley Roberts 65
SPO: Havana Johnson (Marissa Mykines) 76
SPO: Katie Bischoff 80
SPO: Havana Johnson (Paige Malm) 90