NWPL Action: Big 2nd half lifts Stars over Union

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5/14/17

Seattle Stars 2, Twin City Union 0

(Centralia, WA)

The NWPL schedule is early but the Seattle Stars are putting together an early run that may be tough to run them down in the end. The Stars came into their 4th match the season at an improving Twin City Union with a 3-0 unblemished record.

The Stars finished their inaugural season in the new NWPL league with 12 points and a 2-4-6 overall record and had a chance to match those 12 points with a Mother’s Day win in just their 4th match of the season.

As the match got underway it appeared the Union who had 4 points with a 1-0-1 record were looking to hand the Stars their 1st loss and dig into that point difference. The match was physical and the Union attacked several times with an aggressive offensive push from Joslin Lindsay, Camryn Althouser, Bella Brown, Megan Ward and more as they drove deep into Stars territory and took several other shots from 20-30 yards out. But the Stars defense led by the brick wall at keeper Rachel Thomas.

Seattle’s backline of Delaney Smith, Kayse Smack, Julia Hass among others simply denied the Union time and again. The Union also sent several off target shots on goal that were wide or too high, regardless though after playing most of the 1st half on the Stars side of the field at halftime is was still 0-0.

Seattle then regrouped at the break and began more forthright counters and in the 53rd minute Erin Mishu made our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game. After a shot on goal and a what looked like a terrific save by Union keeper Emily Sorenson who dove to save the goal and with the ball on the ground and Sorenson on the ground, Mishu tapped the ball free and punched it in for the goal.

The Stars defense continued their dominance not giving an inch and Seattle would get a break away insurance goal in the 66th. Annalise Miller-Wells took a long ball while splitting defenders to get into a 1-on-1 with Sorenson and kicked it past for a 2-0 lead that would hold up for the final score.

The Stars now at 4-0-0 have now matched their last season total points in just 4 matches with 12 points. The Union fall to 1-1-1 suffering their 1st loss of the season. Next Saturday Seattle is at Yakima and next Sunday the Union will host last year’s Champions the Spokane Shadow. The Shadow won their 2nd match this weekend and are 2-0 and in 2nd place with 6 points.

Our Tommy Lowe of Greene Realty Players of the Game went to Seattle’s Keeper Rachel Thomas and for the Union Sam Lindsay.

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