By Cassandra Dreher
The top two teams from Washington and Oregon will battle it out in the Northwest Division Playoffs on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14.
Washington’s Evergreen Cup winners AC Seattle will face off against THUSC Diamonds, who finished the regular season in first place in Oregon and second overall. Both clubs are new to the WPSL this year and made an immediate impact in the standings. Both teams netted 31 goals total in the regular season, making them the two highest scoring sides in the Northwest Division. THUSC’s Jen Stoltenberg leads the division in both goals (11) and assists (9). Last time these two met, THUSC pulled off an exciting 4-2 win over Seattle at home; next weekend, AC Seattle will have the home advantage and will be out for revenge.
Also on Saturday, the Seattle Reign Reserves of Issaquah challenge Eugene Metro FC Azul. Issaquah, bolstered by their new partnership with the NWSL’s Seattle Reign FC, maintained an unbeaten home record and kept the cleanest sheet of any Northwest team, allowing only 8 goals all season. Goalkeeper Alexis Thode leads the division with 3 shutouts. Eugene will be a resilient opponent, however, as the only team to have scored in every match in the regular season, and usually in the final minutes before the whistle. Most recently, against rivals Westside Timbers, Eugene rallied from a two-goal deficit with 10 minutes of play left to clinch the last playoff spot.
The winners on Saturday will contend Sunday for the conference title. The Northwest Champion will then travel to Sacramento on July 20 and 21 to face the winners from the Big Sky-North, Pacific-North, and Pacific-South divisions for the Regional Championship.
Saturday, July 13
AC Seattle vs. THUSC Diamonds @ Delridge Playfield, 5:30 PM
SRR Issaquah vs. Eugene Metro FC Azul @ Cedarcrest High School, 6:00 PM
Sunday, July 14
Northwest Conference Final @ Cedarcrest High School, 6:00 PM