Hoppers, Shadow break through for first wins of 2017 season

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The weekend of June 10-11 in the Evergreen Premier League saw hope at the foot of the table and congestion at the top as two clubs won their first matches and Seattle, Bellingham and Olympic all got points.

Yakima United 2-1 WPSS Shock

YAKIMA, WA—The Hoppers (1-3-2) got their first win of 2017 in dramatic fashion over WPSS Shock (3-3-0) at Sozo Sports Complex in Yakima on Saturday afternoon. William Pineda put YUFC up in the 52nd minute 1-0. The Shock got level when the Hoppers suffered an own goal in the 70th. That set up the dramatic final minutes when Yakima goalkeeper Jacob Rhoads saved a Shock PK in the 85th and then another veteran, defender Dennis Stevenson, headed home the winner in the 87th.

Yakima United goals: William Pineda, Dennis Stevenson

WPSS Shock goals: Own goal

 

Olympic Force 1-1 Vancouver Victory

BREMERTON, WA—The Olympic Force (3-1-2) are third in the table after they earned a 1-1 draw with defending EPLWA Champions Vancouver Victory (2-1-1) on Saturday at Gordon Field in Bremerton. Colin Ralston put the home side ahead when he kept his cool and worked the V2FC box for a chip around the goalkeeper in the 33rd minute (see photos above.) It took until the 83rd minute for the Victory to get even. They did so on a header from defender Andrew Boyd.

Match Gallery: Olympic Force v. Vancouver Victory

Olympic Force goals: Colin Ralston

Vancouver Victory goals: Andrew Boyd

Spokane Shadow 0-2 Seattle Stars

SPOKANE, WA— Seattle Stars FC (5-1-1) kept their grip on first place in the EPLWA with a shut out over the Shadow (1-7-0) on Saturday in the first league match ever played at Whitworth University. A long-range strike from Noah Cavanaugh in the 31st minute gave the Stars the only goal they would need. Tyler Bjork scored his 7th goal of the season (and 41st in his league career) in added time to seal the win for Seattle.

Seattle goals: Noah Cavanaugh, Tyler Bjork

Successful weekend,for both the men's team(2-0 Stars) and women's team (2-1 stars). Well played!

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Chase Reidt with the opener in the 44th on assist from Brayden Tucker; Shadow lead 1-0 at HT

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Spokane Shadow 1-0 Oly Town Artesians

SPOKANE, WA— The Shadow (1-7-0) scored their first win of the season with a 1-0 triumph over Oly Town Artesians (2-3-1) on Sunday at the Spokane Polo Grounds. Chase Reidt got the winner for Spokane in the 44th minute.

Spokane goals: Chase Reidt

WPSS Shock 0-2 Bellingham United

PUYALLUP, WA— Bellingham United (4-2-1) stayed with 3 points of Seattle at the top of the table by handing the WPSS Shock (3-3-0) their second loss of the weekend on Sunday at WPFC Fields. Richard Henderson’s 33rd minute penalty kick was enough but the Hammers added more right before the break when Nick Cashmere scooped up an errant pass and put it home.

Bellingham United goals: Richard Henderson, Nick Cashmere

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