Every game mattered in the grand scheme of things in week eight of the 2019 Northwest Premier League season and the Twin City Union pulled out what proved to be the biggest win, jumping over the Washington Timbers and Oly-Pen Force to claim the 5th seed in the playoffs. Seattle took care of business to win the regular season title and Lauryn Peters scored three times to take the league’s Golden Boot award with 12 goals.
Here are the recaps from each game in the last week of the regular season…
Yakima United 3, Blackhills FC 1
Lauryn Peters continued her fantastic season leading Yakima United to their fifth win of the season, knocking off Blackhills 3-1. Peters scored twice, in the 30th and 31st minutes, but the Hoppers led Blackhills by just one until Delaney Romero gave them an insurance goal in the 82nd minute. Jocelyn Charette scored the lone goal for Blackhills who were eliminated from playoff contention with the loss. For Peters, it was her 10th and 11th goals of the season.
Yakima United goals: Lauryn Peters (’30 & ’31), Delaney Romero (’82)
Blackhills FC goal: Jocelyn Charette (’37)
Twin City Union 4, Oly-Pen Force 1
In a win or go home game for both teams, the Twin City Union took care of business on their home field knocking the Oly-Pen Force out of playoff position with a 4-1 win. TCU took an early 2-0 lead thanks to an Oly-Pen own goal and Jolene Kvinsland’s goal in the 11th minute. They would add goals by Natalie Brown and Madison early to take a 4-0 lead before the Force finally got on the board in the 87th. Emily Sorenson made eight saves in goal for the Union, who jumped up to the fifth spot with the win and finished the regular season at 2-5-1.
Twin City Union goals: Oly-Pen own goal (‘5), Jolene Kvinsland (’11), Natalie Brown (’52), Madison Early (’84)
Oly-Pen Force goal: Celina Madrid (’87)
Seattle Stars 4, NCW Alliance 0
Needing a win to take first in the NWPL’s regular season, the Stars struck early and often on Saturday in a 4-0 win over the NCW Alliance. Breanna Strauss scored in the 2nd minute and Rita Okoro added another in the 8th to make it 2-0. Okoro would add to her total near the end of the first half and Chloe Lamenzo closed out the scoring in the 57th. Lee Erickson earned the shutout in goals for Seattle. The Stars improved to 7-0-0 while NCW Alliance were eliminated from playoff contention and finished the season at 1-7-1.
Seattle Stars goals: Breanna Strauss (‘2), Rita Okoro (‘8 & ’43), Chloe Lamenzo (’57)
NCW Alliance goals: None
Seattle Stars 6, Yakima United 1
On Sunday, the Stars exploded for six goals including braces by Stephanie Verdola and Emily Bunnell to remain undefeated in the regular season, moving to 8-0-0. Sydney Carr started the scoring in the 16th minute but the game was close until Verdola scored in the 42nd and 45th to make it 3-0. Bunnell made it 4-0 in the 53rd before Yakima got on the board with a goal by Lauryn Peters – her 12th of the season – in the 62nd. Bunnell would add one more and Braeden Small finished it off in the 90th minute. Yakima fell to 5-3-0 this season and finishing fourth in the regular season and will host a playoff game next week.
Seattle Stars goals: Stephanie Verdola (’42 & ’45), Emily Bunnell (’53 & ’86), Sydney Carr (’16), Braeden Small (’90)
Yakima United goal: Lauryn Peters (’62)
Washington Premier 1, Washington Timbers 0
It was a defensive battle for two teams vying for playoff seeding until Alyssa Andrews finally broke through in the 88th minute and Washington Premier won their sixth game of the season with a 1-0 over the Washington Timbers. Jessica Selby made seven saves in goal for the Timbers but was bested by just that one goal and Kyla Carter’s eight saves. The Timbers had already secured the 6th seed in the playoffs and finished the regular season at 2-6-0
Washington Premier goal: Alyssa Andrews (’88)
Washington Timbers goals: None