Tuesday, June 18, 2013

WPSL NW Recap: Busy week 3 sees THUSC, Emerald City win twice each

Week three was an intra-state round with all eight games featuring match-ups between opponents from the same state. The big winners were Emerald City in Washington and Tualatin Hills United SC Diamonds in Oregon as both clubs picked up a pair of victories to keep pace with Issaquah, which dropped its first points of the season in a draw.

TUESDAY, June 11

Eugene Metro Azul 2 :: 1 Bend Timbers

In a big night for the club, the Bend Timbers drew 400 out for club night but came up short in their home opener. They found themselves behind after 27 minutes on an own goal but found an answer nine minutes later courtesy of an University of Oregon duo, a pair of club products, when Kristen Parr connected with Maryn Buetler, who beat a handful of defender on her drive to goal before slotting it far post. Bend keeper Rachel Estopare made a number of key saves to keep it level before ShayLee Miner finally found the winner seven minutes into the second half.

“I thought that both teams played well and looked to play some great attacking soccer,” Head Coach Tara Erickson said in the club's release. “Each team’s keepers came up with some big saves to keep things interesting in the match.

“I know the team really enjoyed playing at home for the first time,” Erickson said. “It was a great crowd with tons of youth players there to cheer on the players. The club really created a fantastic environment for the players and the fans.”

Scoring Summary
EMA: Bend Own Goal 27
BEND: Maryn Beutler (Kristen Parr) 36
EMA: ShayLee Miner (Gaia Mastrovincenzo) 52

Photo: Wilson Tsoi / goalWA

Emerald City 2 :: 1 AC Seattle 

An own goal created on a Kate Bennett corner coming in to Emerald City's Marina Galaz and Casey Berrier put the first-year AC Seattle side in a hole, but they answered back in the 56th minute with a nice build-up play finally resulting in a half-volley from Valentina Giacinti. AC Seattle had several quality opportunities to move in front with Valentina Pedretti hitting the crossbar off a corner and they were denied again by a fantastic Liz Ruiz save. It looked as though the pair were going to finish deadlocked until defender Casey Berrier struck from long distance about 20 yards out in the 88th minute. Report from goalWA.net [+]

Scoring Summary
EC: Seattle own goal (Caterina Kensbock) 35
AC: Valentina Giacinti 56
EC: Casey Berrier (Kate Bennett) 88

FRIDAY, June 14

Westside Timbers 2 :: 3 THUSC Diamonds 

Playing in their third consecutive home match to open the season, the Diamonds grabbed the lead in the first half and doubled the advantage five minutes into the second only to see Westside rally. Arena Lacey cut the lead in the 55th and corner put away by Lilly Archer brought things level in the 73, but Jen Stoltenberg registered her second assist of the night when she found Aliyah Chance in the 83rd for the winner.

Scoring Summary
THU: Karin Hatch (Jen Stoltenberg) 12
THU: Linsey Gaines  (Jessica Tsao) 50
WES: Ariana Cooley 55
WES: Lilly Archer (Natalie Budge) 73
THU: Aliyah Chance (Jen Stoltenberg) 83
Cummins' opener | Dale Garvey 

Spokane Shine 0 :: 3 SRR Issaquah 

As if things had not gone badly enough for the Shine thus far this season, Spokane took to the road for a pair of games in Seattle shorthanded due to players who were out for work, graduation events and the ongoing regional youth championship in Hawaii according to head coach Dan Philp. Despite playing with 10, the Shine kept it close in the first match, trailing by just one at the break against Seattle Reign Reserves presented by Issaquah SC. With 12 minutes left though, Nicole Stanton found Molly Boyd twice to give the hosts the comfortable win. Report from goalWA.net [+]

Scoring Summary
ISS: Stephanie Cummins (Macy Jo Harrison) 42
ISS: Molly Boyd (Nicole Stanton) 78
ISS: Molly Boyd (Nicole Stanton) 87


Plese couldn't stop 'em all | Wilson Tsoi
Spokane Shine 0 :: 3 Emerald City 

Having picked up a few players on loan from their Puget Sound rivals, the Shine again acquitted themselves well for a half, taking the game to the intermission scoreless courtesy of another excellent performance in goal from Portland State keeper Caitlin Plese. Marina Galaz, however, scored scored the opener and set up the second to lock up the victory. Report from goalWA.net [+]

Scoring Summary
EC: Marina Galaz (Kate Bennett) 58
EC: Hillary Zevenbergen (Marina Galaz) 65
EC: Megan Chapin (Caroline Brawner) 84

AC Seattle 2 :: 2 SRR Issaquah 

This game had plenty of drama going from before the opening whistle to the final moments of the contest. The evening began with a semi-controversial change in field locations which ultimately created drama at the end as there were no lights and the game nearly didn't make it to the final whistle. On the field the newcomers took a one-goal lead into the break courtesy of Romina Pinna. Former Issaquah midfielder Arica Slawson helped push the lead to two when she found Valentina Giacinti for her second goal of the week eight minutes into the second half. Erin Vaughan, however, scored on the hour mark with a tally the visitors contested was offside. Pinna nearly restored the two-goal margin in the 70th with a strike off the bar, and the miss proved critical just two minutes later when Trinidad & Tobago international Kennya Cordner brought things level.

Scoring Summary
SEA: Romina Pinna 19
SEA: Valentina Giacinti (Arica Slawson) 53
ISS: Erin Vaughan 60
ISS: Kennya Cordner (Emma Follis) 72

Eugene Metro Azul 1 :: 6 THUSC Diamonds

The hosts grabbed the lead again with Stoltenberg registering her third assist of the weekend 12 minutes in by finding Shanna Lechelt. "Azul had a number of great chances to tie the score but goalkeeper Chris Lewis of THUSC made some great saves," said Eugene coach Jurgen Ruckaberle said of the keeper, who has been spending time with the NWSL Portland Thorns as an amateur status player. Stoltenberg switched from being the provider, scoring two in the first 15 minutes of the second half as the Diamonds jumped to a four-goal advantage before Miner netted her second of the week for Eugene. It was too late, and for good measure Stoltenberg added another goal and assist for the stunning margin.

Scoring Summary
THU: Shanna Lechelt (Jen Stoltenberg) 12
THU: Jen Stoltenberg (Hannah Kimsey) 51
THU: Jen Stoltenberg (Brandi Dawson) 60
THU: Laura Camp (Hannah Kimsey) 65
EMA: ShayLee Miner (Emma Cooney)  68
THU: Karin Hatch (Jen Stoltenberg) 70
THU: Jen Stoltenberg (Brandi Dawson) 85

SUNDAY, June 16

Eugene Metro Azul 2 :: 1 Westside Timbers 

Eugene bounced back from the big loss the night before to pick up a win in the second half of their two game trip to the Portland area. Ashlee Shultz put Azul up on a free kick strike in the 16th minute with Jaclyn Silsby providing the winner in the 36th. Elise Nord was key in the win, contributing five saves in the victory.

Scoring Summary
EMA: Ashlee Schultz 16
EMA: Jaclyn Silsby (Hannah Smith) 36
WES: Johanna Volz 60

The upcoming week could be an issue for the the Seattle duo of SRR Issaquah and Emerald City as the two clubs are losing nine combined players due to the University of Washington heading to Italy for the week. The Huskies departed Sunday evening with 22 players and will play three friendlies while also touring the country. Emerald City will be without the services of Kate Bennett, Linsey Bos, Tori Burns, Stine Schoening and Hillary Zevenbergen while SRR Issaquah is losing Molly Boyd, McKenzie Karas, Amanda Perez and Jaclyn Softli. The UW squad returns Wednesday, June 26, bringing them back in time for three Issaquah matches and two for Emerald City.


Westside Timbers @ Bend Timbers 7:00

FRIDAY, June 21
Eugene Metro Azul @ AC Seattle 7:00

Eugene Metro Azul @ SRR Issaquah 2:00
Bend Timbers @ AC Seattle 6:00
THUSC Diamonds @ Spokane Shine 7:00

SUNDAY, June 23
Bend Timbers @ SRR Issaquah 2:00
THUSC Diamonds @ Emerald City 4:00