The final week of the Northwest Premier League regular season is upon us and every single team is still alive, fighting for playoff position or the last two playoff spots. That means there are a ton of scenarios to discuss. The top four teams are locked in but could change positions, we have provided the best case and most likely scenarios for them but have broken down all the scenarios for the final two playoff spots. Stay tuned, it could be a wild weekend! And a big thank you to Chris Wells for helping break all of this down.
Week seven of the Northwest Premier League featured some of the most competitive games of the season with every team very much alive for the playoffs and the top teams still vying for the league championship. There were many candidates for the Player Of The Week and it was very close voting and league operators and coaches chose players from the Oly-Pen Force and Blackhills FC as their victors.
Offensive: In a must win situation, the Oly-Pen Force came up big with an 8-0 win over Blackhills FC on Sunday and Isabelle Severns was instrumental in securing the win. The Bremerton native and Klahowya grad scored the first two goals on Sunday and then chipped in with three assists to put the Force in the driver’s seat for a playoff spot with one week left to play. Her speed and finishing was a constant threat all weekend and unselfish play led to many goals for others.
Defensive: It was a tough weekend for Blackhills FC, who allowed a late goal for a draw against NCW Alliance on Saturday and then lost 8-0 to the Force on Sunday. However, Leah Magee stood out under extreme match circumstances, playing 90 minutes on two straight days with a short roster of players, scoring a goal on Saturday and the Timberline High School graduate and PLU senior was inspirational in sustaining a high level of focus, playing physical at speed, and consistently breaking up the Force midfield and back line plays through pass interceptions and tackles on Saturday.
Offensive: Annouscka Kordom (Capital FC), Jayden Brown (NCW Alliance), Whitney Pitalo (Capital FC), Justina MacDowell (Seattle Stars)
Defensive: Abbey Knoll (Capital FC), Beau Bremer (Seattle Stars), Julia Sattler (Capital FC),
It was a big weekend for the league leaders with Capital FC Atletica facing both the Seattle Stars and Washington Premier, and it was also a big weekend for five teams chasing the final two playoff spots. It was a weekend of heart break and joy for the Oly-Pen Force and after it all played out, the Washington Timbers and the Force currently have the advantage sitting in 5th and 6th place with one week left to play.
Here are the full recaps of this weekend’s six games…
Seattle Stars 2, Capital FC Atletica 1
The Seattle Stars scored twice in the second half including Emily Bunnell’s game winning penalty kick goal in the 82nd minute to remain undefeated, moving to 6-0-0 with two games left to play in week eight. Seattle held the majority of the possession throughout the first half but couldn’t find a goal and allowed Whitney Pitalo to get behind the defense and give Capital a 1-0 lead after the first half of play. Seattle appeared to tie the game on a PK in the 57th minute but the referee waived off the made shot by Mariah Lee and Lee then missed the second opportunity. Nine minutes later, they did finally equalize when Justina MacDowell headed in a beautiful cross. The Stars continued to pressure and eventually won another penalty kick. This time Emily Bunnell scored cleanly and Seattle held on to take the 2-1 victory.
Seattle Stars goals: Justina MacDowell (’65), Emily Bunnell (’82)
Capital FC Atletica goal: Whitney Pitalo (’18)
Washington Timbers 3, Oly-Pen Force 2
In a back and forth game in Bremerton, the Washington Timbers scored last with an 89th minute goal from Sarah Teubner to take the 3-2 win over the Oly-Pen Force. Both teams started quickly trading goals early. Subine Postmas scored for the Timbers in the 2nd minute and Emily Wilkins equalized in the 7th. Andrea DePinto gave the Timbers a 2-1 lead in the 57th but again, the Force tied it up in the 68th with a Lauren Hudson goal. But it was Teubner who finished it off with an assist from Ellie Schmid to give the Timbers their second win of the season and move them into playoff position.
Washington Timbers goals: Subine Postma (‘2), Andrea DePinto (’57), Sarah Teubner (’89)
Oly-Pen Force goals: Emily Wilkins (‘7), Lauren Hudson (’68)
Blackhills FC 3, NCW Alliance 3
Jayden Brown kept the NCW Alliance in the playoff race with goals in the 57th and the game tying goal in the 90th minute in a 3-3 draw against Blackhills at Ingersoll Stadium in Olympia. Blackhills took a 2-0 lead after goals by Leah Magee and Jocelyn Charette but Kendall Kemp got the Alliance to within one at halftime with her goal in the 42nd. Brown then tied the game, 2-2, in the 57th minute. Blackhills took a late lead when Lanie Vinson gave them a 3-2 lead in the 86th minute only to have their heart broken with Brown’s second goal, a 90th minute equalizer. The draw temporarily put Blackhills into a playoff spot with five points and NCW stayed in the hunt with four points.
Blackhills FC: Leah Magee (’14), Jocelyn Charette (’30), Lanie Vinson (’86)
NCW Alliance: Kendall Kemp (’42), Jayden Brown (’57 & ’90)
Yakima United 3, Twin City Union 1
Maddie Brownell, Faith Landis and Baneza Gonzalez each scored in Yakima United’s 3-1 win over the Twin City Union in Centralia on Saturday night. The Hoppers won their fourth game in a row and clinched a home playoff game with the win with two games left to play in week eight.
Yakima United goals: Maddie Brownell, Faith Landis, Baneza Gonzalez
Twin City Union goal: Pending report
Oly-Pen Force 8, Blackhills FC 0
Isabelle Severns scored the first two goals for the Oly-Pen Force and then assisted on three more in their 8-0 romp over Blackhills FC at Gordon Field in Bremerton. Hailey Parker registered a hat trick and Miranda Hoidal, Abigail Nordquist and Emily Wilkins all added goals in the win. Ricci Wiedbrecht played all 90 minutes in goal to pick up the shutout. The win gives the Force six points and they currently sit in the sixth and final playoff spot with one game left to play. Blackhills dropped to seventh place with the loss.
Oly-Pen Force goals: Hailey Parker (’24, ’29 & ’83), Isabelle Severns (‘2 & ’21), Miranda Hoidal (’47), Abigail Nordquist (’66), Emily Wilkins (’90)
Blackhills FC goals: None
Capital FC Atletica 2, Washington Premier 0
It was the Annouska Kordom show in Salem on Sunday afternoon. Kordom scored twice in the second half, first in the 46th minute and then again just eight minutes later in the 54th, to give Capital FC Atletica a 2-0 win and clinch a first round bye and either a 1st or 2nd place finish in their last regular season game. Abbey Knoll played 85 minutes in goal and made five saves for Capital. They finished their season at 7-1-0 with 21 points. Washington Premier fell to 5-2-0 with 15 points.
Capital FC Atletica goals: Annouska Kordom (’46 & ’54)
Washington Premier goals: None
Washington Premier knocked off NCW Alliance on Saturday 6-0, continuing their outstanding Northwest Premier League season. They sit at 5-1-0 with their only loss coming to the Seattle Stars. They have allowed just two goals to teams other than the Stars and sit in third place with games against Capital FC Atletica coming up this weekend. For their efforts, NWPL operators and coaches have honored two of their players with the week six Players Of The Week award.
Offensive: With two more goals on Saturday against the NCW Alliance, Angela Celedon now has seven on the season, good enough for second place in the NWPL. Celedon scored once in the 27th minute and again in the 46th and has been instrumental in leading Washington Premier to a 5-1-0 record. This is the Shoreline Community College product and Wilson High School grad’s second year with WA Premier after spending one season with the Seattle Stars. She scored three goals for WPFC last season.
Defensive: While Celedon and the offense have been plugging along, the defense for Washington Premier has been on point as well, allowing just five goals this season. A big part of that has been Marina O’Loughlin, who earns the POTW award for their shutout against NCW Alliance. O’Loughlin, a Tacoma Community College product from El Cajon, California, has been outstanding on stopping the opposition build up, winning 1v1 battles and makes smart decisions in distribution moving forward.
Offensive: Lauryn Peters (Yakima United)
Defensive: Anna Hager (Yakima United)
It was some good home cooking in the Northwest Premier League as the hosts of the four games went 4-0-0 and outscored their opponents by a combined 17-0. The top goal scorers in the league kept doing their thing with Yakima’s Lauryn Peters registering a hat trick and Washington Premier’s Angela Celedon and Capital FC’s Whitney Pitalo scoring twice. Whitney Dockweiler (Washington Timbers) and Brynlee Ward (Yakima) both went the distance in goal and each picked up their first shutouts of the season.
Washington Premier 6, NCW Alliance 0
Washington Premier scored three goals over a 12 minute period in the first half and added another three in the second half to take a 6-0 win over NCW Alliance on Saturday afternoon. Cara Mayer started the scoring in the 20th minute and Angela Celedon made it 2-0 seven minutes later. Celedon would add another goal in the 46th minute and now has seven goals this season. WA Premier out shot the Alliance 33-5. Kyla Carter made four saves in her 73 minutes in goal for WA Premier. Meanwhile, Trisha Priest and Adrianna Simmons split time in goal for NCW and made 16 saves between them. The win moved WA Premier to 5-1-0 while the Alliance dropped to 1-5-0.
Washington Premier goals: Angela Celedon (’27 & ’46), Cara Mayer (’20), Sam Larberg (’32), Kayley Cruz (’81), Jamie Makupson (’88)
NCW Alliance goals: None
Washington Timbers 1, Twin City Union 0
Subine Postma scored on a penalty kick in the 74th minute and held on for a 1-0 win over the Twin City Union. It was the Timbers’ first win of the season and they remain alive in the race for the last two playoff spots. Whitney Dockweiler earned the shutout in goal for the Timbers, making four saves. Despite the loss, the Union remain in fifth place, just ahead of Blackhills FC on goal differential and one point ahead of Oly-Pen, NCW Alliance and the Timbers.
Washington Timbers goal: Subine Postma (’74 PK)
Twin City Union goals: None
Capital FC Atletica 4, Blackhills FC 0
Whitney Pitalo scored twice and Capital FC Atletica jumped into first place with a 6-0 win over Blackhills in Salem. Paige Alexander opened the scoring in the 28th minute before Pitalo added her first in the 33rd. Blackhills kept it close thanks to 10 saves by goalkeeper Diyonous Walls but finally broke the game open in the 86th when Annouscka Kordom scored on a penalty kick and Pitalo added her second goal just a minute later. Capital out shot Blackhills 21-3 and did not allow a single shot on goal. Capital moved to 6-0-0 and they jumped past the idle Seattle Stars with those two teams meeting in week seven. Blackhills remained in sixth place at 1-3-1.
Capital FC Atletica goals: Whitney Pitalo (’33 & ’87), Paige Alexander (’28), Annouscka Kordom (’86 PK)
Blackhills FC goals: None
Yakima United 6, Oly-Pen Force 0
Lauryn Peters exploded for a goal just 30 seconds into the game and Yakima United never looked back in a 6-0 victory over the Oly-Pen Force at Yakima Valley College. Peters scored two of the next three goals to register a hat trick and now sits on top of the leader board with nine goals this season. Brynlee Ward went the distance in goal for Yakima and picked up her first shutout of the season. Yakima moved to 3-2-0 this season and now sit on nine points and are in fourth place, five points clear of fifth and sixth place.
Yakima United goals: Lauryn Peters (‘1, ’31 & ’51), Grace Terrill (’50), Natalie Wright (’64), Corynn Vigil (’72)
Oly-Pen Force goals: None
Three teams have staked a claim at the top of the Northwest Premier League standings and the Offensive and Defensive Players Of the Week for week five have been instrumental in getting their teams to that point. This week, club operators and coaches honor a top offensive threat from Capital FC and one of the best goalkeepers this season.
Offensive: With two goals including the equalizer and what proved to be the game winner in Capital FC Atletica’s 4-1 win over the Oly-Pen Force on Saturday, Whitney Pitalo earned the week five offensive award. The University of Southern California alum and Salem native also added an assist to keep Capital FC undefeated at 5-0-0, just two goals behind the Seattle Stars, who are also 5-0-0. Pitalo is the founder of the Capital FC NWPL squad and manages the team.
Defensive: Washington Premier’s Kyla Carter has had a fantastic season registering two shutouts this season so far and has her squad solidly in third place. On Sunday, Seattle scored three times on her in their 3-0 win but the Highline CC and Evergreen State product still impressed stopping a handful of one vs. one opportunities, making numerous diving saves and playing strong on set pieces to earn the award.
Offensive: Alyssa Andrews (WA Premier)
Defensive: Emily Sorenson (Twin City Union), Makenzie Pineda (Capital FC Atletica)
It was a huge weekend for the Seattle Stars, who didn’t allow a goal in two games and took over first place with six big points including a 3-0 win over the previous league leader, Washington Premier. Meanwhile, Blackhills knocked off the Washington Timbers and moved into a playoff position for the time being. Read more from week 5’s action…
Seattle Stars 1, Twin City Union 0
The Seattle Stars scored early and then held on for 81 minutes to record a 1-0 win over Twin City Union at French Field in Kent on Saturday. Mackenna Havenor scored off of a corner kick in the 9th minute to give the Stars the early lead. Seattle threatened many times in the game, but Union keeper Emily Sorensen made numerous saves to it a one goal game. But the Seattle defense and Lee Ericksen did her one better to record the shutout. The win moved the Stars to 4-0-0 while Twin City dropped to 1-3-1.
Seattle Stars goal: Mackenna Havenor (‘9)
Twin City Union goal: None
Capital FC Atletica 4, Oly-Pen Force 1
Capital FC Atletica found themselves down by a goal at the half but turned it on in the final 45 to remain undefeated with a 4-1 win at Gordon Field in Bremerton. Lauren Hudson got the Force going with a goal in the 29th minute to give them a 1-0 lead, but after the half, Whitney Pitalo scored twice, first in the 48th and again in the 61st, to give Capital a 2-1 lead. Two minutes after Pitalo’s second, Nadine Correa added an insurance goal to make it 3-1, and then Pitalo picked up an assist when Erika Vargas scored in the 84th. Capital moved to 5-0-0 with the win while Oly-Pen fell to 1-3-0.
Capital FC Atletica goals: Whitney Pitalo (’48 & ’61), Nadine Correa (’63), Erika Vargas (’84)
Oly-Pen Force goal: Lauren Hudson (’29)
Blackhills FC 3, Washington Timbers 1
Blackhills surrendered the first goal but went on a three goal run after that to pick up their first win of the season with a 3-1 win over the Washington Timbers at Ingersoll Stadium in Olympia. Kendal Spencer gave the Timbers a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 13th minute but Lanie Vinson tied the game 1-1 in the 25th minute on a pass from Leah Magee. Hallie Bergford scored what proved to be the game winner in the 45th minute and then added an insurance goal in the 61st. The win moved Blackhills up to sixth place and into playoff position with four games left in the regular season.
Blackhills FC goals: Lanie Vinson (’25), Hallie Bergford (’45 & ’61)
Washington Timbers goal: Kendal Spencer (’13)
Seattle Stars 3, Washington Premier 0
In a battle of the top two teams in the NWPL after their Saturday results, the Seattle Stars scored a resounding 3-0 victory on the road at Washington Premier and now sit on top of the table by the goal differential tiebreaker. The two teams battled to a scoreless first half but Seattle got things going with a penalty kick in the 54th minute. Mariah Lee slotted it home to take a 1-0 lead. Justina MacDowell made it 2-0 in the 68th minute on an assist by Myra Delgadillo. Delgadillo then finished it off with a goal of her own in the 86th. Drew Moulton made four saves for the Stars to record the shutout. Seattle improved to 5-0-0 on the season while Washington Premier lost their first game and fell to 4-1-0.
Seattle Stars goals: Mariah Lee (’54 PK), Justina MacDowell (’68), Myra Delgadillo (’86)
Washington Premier goal: None
The Oly-Pen Force knocked off the NCW Alliance on Sunday in Wenatchee in sweltering heat. The 2-0 win impressed NWPL coaches and club operators and they gave the Offensive and Defensive Player Of The Week awards to the two Force players who were instrumental in picking up their first win of the season.
Offensive: Oly-Pen’s Emily Wilkins scored both of the goals for the Force in Wenatchee. Wilkins played 85 of the 90 minutes in 95 degree weather and outworked the competition, getting into position when others were too tired to get there. The Northwest Nazarene grad almost scored her third goal while keeping the pressure on the Alliance in the second half, just barely missing over the crossbar.
Defensive: Ali Campigotto made nine saves including three one-on-one saves and earned the shutout on Sunday. The Saint Martin’s goalkeeper impressed with not only the saves that she made, but her ability to calm down her squad, take some time and allow them to catch their breath on a hot day with a short-handed squad. She also did a great job setting her offense up and keeping the Alliance on their toes to pick up the 2-0 win.
Offensive: Angela Celedon (WA Premier)
Defensive: Kyla Carter (WA Premier)
The three top teams in the Northwest Premier League took care of business in week four outscoring their opponents 16-2. Washington Premier finally gave up their first goals of the season but knocked off Blackhills 6-2, the Seattle Stars knocked off Washington Timbers 7-0 in a rematch of last year’s NWPL final and Capital FC got the 3-0 win over Twin City. Oly-Pen registered their first win of the season on Sunday with a 2-0 win over NCW Alliance.
Here are the recaps with goals scorers and more…
Seattle Stars 7, Washington Timbers 0
Morgan Castain notched an early goal for the Seattle Stars and then exploded for six goals in the second half to register a 7-0 win over the Washington Timbers on Saturday in Vancouver. Castain opened the scoring in the second half with a goal in the 53rd to take a 2-0 lead. Then Margarida Sousa started a scoring explosion in the 75th minute that included two goals by Myra Delgadillo and blew the game wide open. Drew Moulton earned the shutout in goal for the Stars.
Seattle Stars goals: Morgan Castain (‘8 & ’53), Myra Delgadillo (’80 & ’83), Margarida Sousa (’75), Braeden Small (’87), Maddie Kemp (’88)
Washington Timbers goals: None
Washington Premier 6, Blackhills FC 2
Washington Premier allowed their first two goals of the season, but moved to 4-0-0 in league play behind a hat trick by Angela Celedon. Alyssa Andrews started the scoring in the 13th minute and WA Premier built a 3-0 lead at halftime behind goals by Celedon and Jamie Makupson. It was a 4-0 lead before Blackhills got on the board in the 61st minute with a goal by Hallie Bergford but Celedon scored two more times to registered her hat trick.
Washington Premier goals: Angela Celedon (’20, ’72, ’82), Alyssa Andrews (’13), Jamie Makupson (’24), Jackie Corley (’51)
Blackhills FC Goals: Hallie Bergford (’61), Leah Magee (’86)
Capital FC Atletica 3, Twin City Union 0
Annouscka Kordom opened the scoring in the 4th minute and Capital FC Atletica never looked back notching a 3-0 win over the Twin City Union at Tiger Stadium in Centralia. Jade Chhokar added one more in the 13th minute and Whitney Pitalo finished it off with a goal in the 56th. Paige Alexander registered assists on all three goals and Makenzie Pineda kept a clean sheet for Capital.
Capital FC Atletica goals: Annouscka Kordom (‘4), Jade Chhokar (’13), Witney Pitalo (’56)
Twin City Union goals: None
Oly-Pen Force 2, NCW Alliance 0
Emily Wilkins scored twice and Alyssa Gray had both assists to lead the Oly-Pen Force to a 2-0 win over the NCW Alliance at the Apple Bowl in Wenatchee on Sunday afternoon. Ali Campigotto made nine saves in goal for the Force, who picked up their first win of the season.
Oly-Pen Force goals: Emily Wilkins (2)
NCW Alliance goals: None