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