NWPL Players Of Week 2: Cruz and a Trio of Defenders


Capital FC Atletica and Washington Premier sit atop the Northwest Premier League standings and have not allowed a goal so far. The NWPL’s club coaches and operators have honored players from both teams with their week two Player Of the Week awards, and were split on the defensive player, so four players take home the award this week.

OFFENSIVE: Vicky Cruz scored a hat trick for Capital FC Atletica as they blitzed NCW Alliance in a 6-0 win at Sparks Field in Salem. The three goals matched her 2018 output with Capital, good for second on the team, as they try to replace the league’s Golden Boot winner, Laadi Issaka. Cruz is a graduate of McKay High School in Salem and continues her playing career with CFC after playing at Chemeketa CC and Western Oregon.

DEFENSIVE: Three players share the award in week two – Capital FC’s Makenzie Pineda and Washington Premier’s Delaney Smith and Nicole Williams, who were nominated as a pair by their coaching staff.

Pineda, a BYU-Hawaii alum is also a goalkeeping coach for the Capital FC along with her husband, has posted two shutouts in goal over the first two games of the season to lead CFC to first place and a seven goal differential after two games.

Smith and Williams have been equally strong in keeping two shutouts for Washington Premier. Head coach Adam Becker said that “both have recovered in 1v1 situations to block shots or run attackers down. And they have both showed very good patience in build up play.” Smith played collegiality at Evergreen State and won a title with the Seattle Stars last season while Williams is a Tacoma native who played at Western Washington.

Other Nominees:
Offensive: Alyssa Gray (Oly-Pen), Lauryn Peters (Yakima), Braeden Small (Seattle), Jamie Makupson (WA Premier)
Defensive: None

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