Maffeo, Mercado named NWPL Players of the Week in semifinal wins

BREMERTON, WA—The Northwest Premier League (NWPL) today announces that Maddison Maffeo of the Washington Timbers and Vanessa Mercado of the Seattle Stars are the NWPL Players of the Week for their performances in the playoff semifinals.

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Maddison Maffeo (purple headband) celebrates with her Timbers teammates after her free kick goal gave her club a 2-1 lead in the NWPL semifinals Sunday at Spokane. (Alan Moditz photo)

MADDISON MAFFEO (OFFENSE) – Washington Timbers

Maddison Maffeo (Battle Ground WA, Clark College) scored the winning goal on Sunday in Spokane as the Washington Timbers knocked out the defending NWPL Champion Spokane Shadow 4-1 in the semifinals.

“Maddy scored on a wicked set piece which gave us the lead for the first time on Sunday and really changed the momentum of the game,” says Timbers Head Coach Kat Tarr. “Additionally, she created many of our second-half chances. Her movement and forward threat helped us create goals 3 and 4 in the second half.”

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Vanessa Mercado helped the Seattle Stars advance to the NWPL final with a strong defensive effort in a shut out win over Fuerza FC. (Rick Edelman)

VANESSA MERCADO (DEFENSE) – Seattle Stars FC

Vanessa Mercado (San Jose CA, Seattle University) led a Seattle Stars back line that did not surrender a goal in a 3-0 win over Fuerza FC in the semifinals on Saturday.

Seattle Head Coach Chris Wells feels fortunate to have Mercado on his defense. “She is very solid and sure in the back for us,” Wells says. “She is our brick back there and doesn’t get beat, doesn’t make mistakes.”

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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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