Timbers, Stars advance for a rematch in 2018 NWPL Final

The defending Northwest Premier League Champion Washington Timbers and last season’s runners up Seattle Stars FC both won their semifinal matches on Sunday night July 15 to advance to a rematch in the 2018 NWPL Final.

Washington Timbers 5-3 Capital FC

VANCOUVER, WA— The two southernmost NWPL clubs battled in 100+ degree heat on Sunday night July 15 at Harmony Sports Complex with the home Timbers eventually claiming the win in a wild 8-goal semifinal.

The match featured an explosive start with 5 goals in the first 25 minutes. When the officials called for the first half water break it was already 3-2 in favor of the Timbers. It was 4-3 at the half before the second period calmed down and the Timbers held for a 2 goal win. Isabelle Morales scored a hat trick and Sarah Teubner  notched a brace for the Timbers.

The win for WTFC advanced them to the NWPL Final in a rematch against Seattle Stars FC. Capital FC’s season ends but their first season in the NWPL was a competitive success.

Washington Timbers goals: Sarah Teubner 1′, Isabelle Morales 20′, Teubner 25′, Morales 45′, Morales 65′.

Capital FC goals: Nadine Correa 5′, Laadi Issaka 10′, Whitney Pitalo 34′

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The Timbers beat the heat and a hefty challenge from Salem Oregon’s Capital FC.

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Seattle Stars starting 11 in their NWPL Semifinal match.

Seattle Stars 5-0 Washington Premier

TUKWILA, WA— The Seattle Stars led 1-0 at halftime before breaking away from visiting WPFC late on Sunday night July 15 at Starfire Stadium. It was a 1-0 match until the 73rd minute when a flurry of goals gave Seattle breathing room.

The Stars advance to host their second straight NWPL Final. Last season Seattle dropped a dramatic 2-1 affair at Starfire to the Washington Timbers, who will also be this year’s foe.

Seattle Stars goals: Gabby Clark 14′, Ariela Lewis 73′, Lewis 78′, Cara Maher 83′, Morgan Treser 90′

Seattle Stars shut out: Lee Erickson

Below: WPFC was featured in the Tacoma Weekly the week of the semifinal.

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