Seattle Stars Repeat As NWPL Champions With 4-0 Win Over Capital FC

KENT, Wash. – Isabella Castro came off the bench to score two goals to lead the Seattle Stars to their second Northwest Premier League championship in as many seasons with a 4-0 win over Capital FC Atletica on Sunday afternoon at French Field. Stars goalkeeper Drew Moulton picked up the shutout and the Stars finished off a second straight unbeaten season with another trophy.

The game was delayed nearly 30 minutes due to travel issues for Capital FC, but out of the box, Atletica looked like the aggressor dominating possession for the first 15 minutes of play. But Seattle got their bearings and it was a former Capital FC forward Rita Okoro who put the Stars on top with a bullet from the top of the box in the 20th minute.

On a hot day with the temperature on the turf at French Field reaching nearly 100 degrees, the referee stopped play for a water break in the 25th minute. Almost immediately after play resumed, Isabella Castro unleashed a shot that looked to be heading wide of the goal that somehow spun on frame, barely caught the post and ricocheted into the net for the Stars second goal of the game. The University of Washington senior then scored her second goal just seven minutes later to give the Stars a 3-0 in the 35th minute. For her two goal performance, Castro was named the Finals Most Valuable Player.

Isabella Castro gets her MVP award

Capital FC goalkeeper Alyssa Flores, making her first start of the season, kept the game close with numerous big saves on shots that could have blown the game wide open at any time in the first half. With her keeping the lead to just three goals at the start of the second half, Capital again started off by dominating possession, generating a handful of opportunities against the vaunted Stars defense.

But without anything to show for it and frustration mounting, the Stars turned it on again and made Flores make another couple of outstanding saves before Morgan Castain drove one past her in the 72nd minute to cap off the scoring. Capital could not mount a late comeback and Seattle finished off the shutout to win the championship, 4-0.

The new NWPL Championship trophy, by The Woodcraft Studio

Led by head coach Chris Wells, the Seattle Stars have now won 20 straight games since their 2017 championship game loss to the Washington Timbers and have allowed just six goals in the process. They have outscored their opponents by 61 goals during their two championship seasons.

Capital FC Atletica finished their season with eight regular season and playoff wins and just two losses, both of them coming to the Stars at French Field.

Capital FC Atletica, 2019 Finalists

Seattle Stars goals: Isabella Castro (’28 & ’35), Rita Okoro (’20), Morgan Castain (’72)
Capital FC Atletica goals: None

PREVIEW: Seattle Stars Host Capital FC Atletica For NWPL Title

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The Northwest Premier League caps the 2019 season with a fantastic matchup between the #1 seed Seattle Stars and #2 seed Capital FC Atletica. The two teams met once in the regular season with Capital FC taking an early lead at French Field on June 22nd before Seattle scored twice in the second half to take the 2-1 win.

So how did each team get here? Let’s take a look at the two teams…

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Week 7: Stars Remain Unbeaten, Capital Clinches Bye, Shakeup For 5th and 6th

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

Week 6: Home Teams Hold Strong

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


Photo by Alan Moditz

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

Week 3 Recap: Four Shutouts in Five Games

Week three featured four shutouts over five games and included a four goal, one assist effort from Yakima’s Lauryn Peters. Capital FC gave up their first goal – the only goal from a losing team this week – on a first half PK while Washington Premier still has not allowed a goal.


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Capital FC Atletica 2, Washington Timbers 1

Vicky Cruz scored twice in the second half to lead Capital FC Atletica to a 2-1 win over the Washington Timbers in Vancouver on Saturday afternoon. Ellie Schmid opened the scoring in the first half with a PK and the Timbers held a 1-0 lead at halftime. Cruz then took over in the final 45 and goalkeeper Makenzie Pineda kept the Timbers off the board in the second half for the win. Capital FC moved to 3-0-0 this season.

Capital FC Atletica goals: Vicky Cruz (2)
Washington Timbers goal: Ellie Schmid (PK)


Yakima United 7, NCW Alliance 0

Lauryn Peters exploded for four goals and added an assist to lead Yakima United to a resounding 7-0 win over the NCW Alliance in a Saturday contest at Yakima Valley College. Peters scored her first two goals within two minutes of each other in the 18th and 20th minute, accounting for the only two goals of the first half. Delaney Romero scored her first of two goals early in the second half and that opened the flood gates. Peters added another in the 64th, Romero scored her second in the 75th and then Peters scored her last in the 78th. Katie Fowler earned the shutout in goal for the Hoppers.

Yakima United goals: Lauryn Peters (’18, ’20, ’64, ’78), Delaney Romero (’48, ’75), Corynn Vigil (’84)
NCW Alliance: None


Seattle Stars 3, Blackhills FC 0

Mary Johnston scored in the 42nd minute to give the Seattle Stars a 1-0 halftime lead and Kellyn Green and Hannah Jenkins added second half goals in their 3-0 win over Blackhills FC in Olympia on Saturday night. Scout Watson played all 90 minutes in goal for the Stars to earn the shutout.

Seattle Stars goals: Mary Johnston (’42), Kellyn Green (’50), Hannah Jenkins (’73)
Blackhills FC goals: None


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Washington Premier 5, Oly-Pen Force 0

Nicole Williams scored the opening goal and the closing goal in Washington Premier’s 5-0 shutout of the Oly-Pen Force on Saturday at Gordon Field. Jackie Corley, Alyssa Andrews and Angela Celedon all added goals in the first half and goalkeeper Kyla Carter registered her second straight shutout and the team’s third shutout in three games.

Washington Premier goals: Nicole Williams (’10 & ’74), Jackie Corley (’13), Alyssa Andrews (’26), Angela Celedon (’30)
Oly-Pen Force: None


Twin City Union 2, NCW Alliance 0 

Twin City Union traveled to Wenatchee on Sunday and left with a 2-0 shutout win over NCW Alliance. LeAnn Phanakone scored on a penalty kick in the 15th minute and Brook Swensen added another in the 19th minute to lead the Union to the road victory at the Apple Bowl. Emily Sorenson recorded the shutout for the Union.

Twin City Union goals: LeAnn Phanakone (’15), Brook Swensen (’19)
NCW Alliance goals: None

Week 2: Capital FC & WA Premier Notch Shutouts

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Capital FC Atletica 6, NCW Alliance 0

Vicky Cruz scored three times and Makenzie Pineda kept a clean sheet in Capital FC’s 6-0 win over NCW Alliance on Saturday in Salem. Capital started it off in the 9th minute with Cruz’s first and added another from Julie Sattler in the 30th but NCW kept it within striking distance down by two at half. But Atletica was too much, pouring on four more goals in the final 45 minutes for their second win of the season.

Capital FC Atletica goals: Vicky Cruz (3), Julia Sattler, Whitney Pitalo, Jade Chhokar
NCW Alliance goals: None


Washington Premier 2, Yakima United 0

Washington Premier and Yakima United battled to a scoreless first half at the Washington Premier Complex in Puyallup. But four minutes into the second half, Jamie Makupson gave WA Premier a 1-0 lead finishing a pass from Angela Celedon and then Cara Mayer added an insurance goal in the 74th minute and they kept a clean sheet for the second weekend in a row with the 2-1 win. Kyla Carter played all 90 minutes in net but was forced to make just one save in the shutout. Meanwhile, Brynlee Ward made 11 saves for Yakima United in the loss.

Washington Premier goals: Jamie Makupson (’49), Cara Mayer (’74)
Yakima United goals: None


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Twin City Union 2, Blackhills FC 2

Playing in their home opener, Twin City Union jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the game behind goals from Brook Swenson and Maddie Lockwood and held the lead until the 75th minute when an own goal cut their lead to just one at 2-1. Blackhills FC tied the game in the 89th minute on a goal by Jocelyn Charette and held on to a 2-2 draw to pick up a point in their season opener.

Twin City Union goals: Brook Swenson (‘9), Maddie Lockwood (’14)
Blackhills FC goals: TCU own goal (’75), Jocelyn Charette (’89)


Yakima United 4, Washington Timbers 2

Yakima United started quickly on Sunday getting a goal from Kirsten Stickney in the first minute of play at Yakima Valley College. But she was matched in the ninth minute by Sarah Teubner, who tied it up for the Washington Timbers 1-1. Lauryn Peters broke the tie in the 22nd minute and then buried a penalty kick in the 41st minute to give Yakima the lead for good. Teubner scored her second in the 49th minute to get the score back to just one goal, but Natalie Nagle wrapped up the victory with a 76th minute goal that ensured a 4-2 win for United.

Yakima United goals: Kirsten Stickney (‘1), Lauryn Peters (’22 & ’41), Natalie Nagle (’76)
Washington Timbers goals: Sarah Teubner (‘9 & ’49)


Seattle Stars 3, Oly-Pen Force 1

Alyssa Gray opened the scoring in the 29th minute to give Oly-Pen a 1-0 lead but Seattle’s Braeden Small tied the game at one goal apiece in the 37th minute and the two teams went to the locker room knotted up 1-1. Small scored the eventual game winner in the 69th minute and Hannah Jenkins made it 3-1 two minutes later and the defending NWPL champs opened up their title defense with a home victory at French Field in Kent. Scout Watson got the win in goal for the Stars.

Seattle Stars goals: Braeden Small (’37 & ’69), Hannah Jenkins (’71)
Oly-Pen Force goals: Alyssa Gray (’29)

 

NWPL Players Of Week 1: NCW Alliance Sweeps With Michkiosky & Simmons

After going 0-8-0 in 2018, NCW Alliance opened up 2019 with a 3-1 win over the Washington Timbers, a semifinalist in last year’s playoffs. League head coaches and operators recognized two players from the Alliance with the week one Player of the Week award.

OFFENSIVE: The Alliance built a 3-0 lead thanks to Katie Michkiosky’s penalty kick early in the second half and then assisting on the third goal of the night late in the game and impressed her coaches with her poise, communication and dominating presence on the field. Michkiosky played her senior season at Northwest University this past fall and led the Cascade Conference with 20 goals and six assists leading the Eagles to the NAIA quarterfinals.

DEFENSIVE: Another Northwest University Eagle, Adrianna Simmons made several saves in goal for the Alliance and kept the Timbers off the board until very late in the game when they had already built a 3-0 lead. The Ephrata native impressed her coaches by providing the necessary information and commands that kept her backline connected and led them to their first win since July 9th, 2017.

Other nominees:
Offensive: Annouscka Kordom (Capital FC Atletica) & Angela Celedon (Washington Premier)
Defensive: Makenzie Pineda (Capital FC Atletica) & Delaney Smith (Washington Premier)

Photos from Northwest University Athletics

2019 NWPL Team Capsules

The 2019 Northwest Premier League season kicks off their fourth season on Saturday beginning with Capital FC Atletica hosting Yakima United in Salem.

The Seattle Stars are the defending NWPL champions and have been busy adding a plethora of players to their roster and looked poised for a repeat. But the Washington Timbers will surely have something to say about it, along with many others. Four of the nine teams have new head coaches including the Timbers, who won the league in 2017 and were finalists last season. The league also features the same exact lineup as last year, with just two slight name changes for Capital FC Atletic and the Oly-Pen Force the only changes.

Here is a quick look at each team heading into the 2019 season…

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