Category: Game Recap

NCW Alliance vs Yakima United game recap

On Sunday May 20th 2018 the NCW Alliance kicked off their game against the Yakima United with a 3-5-2 formation, hoping to push forward and score in a strong quick pace and using the midfield as a key. Yakima took the field in their striking red kits and Alliance in their own clean white kits with a few instructions from the coaching staff fresh on their mind.  Working on a sense of urgency. utilizing pockets in the midfield but all together making sure not to get stuck forward. This was put in effect right as the whistle blew, numbers were sent forward and forced Yakima’s keeper to make a save in just the second minute. A back and forth fight continued for ten more minutes until a corner was taken and Allison Flynn took advantage of an open patch of goal. It was 1-0 when Yakima’s#22 found the back of the net, responding quick in the fourteenth minute. This is where the scoreboard stopped changing rapidly as the game continued on in the afternoon not scarce of sun. The alliance started falling forward for a more primary attack in the 29th and tempo flared as a penalty was called in the 33rd minute for a Yakima handball in the box. This is when. Allison Radar drove a sneaky solid ball, smoothly into the lower right corner of the goal frame. Minutes later the scoreboard said 44th minute when Yareli Blanco fired a dangerous shot. The crossbar saved the Yakima keeper and stopped the Alliance from securing a third goal. Moving into halftime main notes from coaches were needing forwards to be more greedy and the defense to clean up the backline making more precise decisions in order to avoid Yakima taking advantage of a mistake. A spirited cheer sent the team back onto the pitch. The Alliance kept up the fight in the second half and had no shortage of chances, but overall Yakima United prevailed from balls sent into the net in the 45th and 80th minutes. Both goals came from set pieces, the first off a free kick and the latter off a corner. Making the score 3-2 after the ninety minutes. The NCW were unable to keep their sense of urgency and cool in the towering afternoon temperatures. Although the score said 3-2 the coaches were not giving up their passion. After game going around as a group to reach out for feedback and making sure each voice was heard. Trying to trace what exactly went wrong and fixing it was the theme and hopefully a key in the Alliance finding their goals, literally, in games to come. Head Coach Jamie Richards put in input by stating,” Three words could have prevented three goals.” Elaborating about the importance of communication. Addressing problems and finding their way around them is vital to a growing team, especially as they grow and learn to play together as one.  Luke Astell, another vital portion of the coaching staff, spoke up about game time reaction,” Where am I, what should I be doing?” Simplifying the game, makes it easy and effective. That is what the games about, playing effective and having those experiences, whether it be positive or negative, and being able to learn from them. What should we fix and how are we going to do so is a mindset for the game. Later in training Coach Richards integrated this theme stating,” Don’t let that game go.” Keep it next to you to be able to use it, don’t just forget it, be able to learn from those experiences. This is just what Alliance hopes to do as they continue with their season.

Kaitlyn Bonner

NCW Alliance vs Capital FC game recap

Kate Springer #8

​The NCW Alliance FC fell to Capital FC, originating from Salem Oregon, in a devastating 3-1 loss. The entire game was a back and forth struggle of the two teams fighting for points. The Alliance, coming back from a positive 1-0 scrimmage against the Olympia Force, were hit and miss on connecting passes with teammates. The first goal against the new team occurred from the penalty spot in the eighth minute, which Capital’s #10 took and buried in the far right side of the goal. The second goal from Capital FC occurred in the 17th minute where the ball kept being mis-played until Capitals #19 finally sent the ball to the back of Alliances net . In the next few minutes, Alliance started getting it sorted out, holding positions and taking more control of the game. This is where they had a series of fouls called outside of Capitals penalty spot all balls had brilliant service but failed to meet the back of the net due to Capital’s stubborn defense. The first half ended at the 45th minute, as the teams did not derive any stoppage time in the first half.

Coaches Jamie Richards and Luke Astell

Head Coach Jamie Richards then lead a discussion elaborating about changes the Alliance needed to make. The main takeaways were the team needed to give better support up high in order to obtain goals, a heavy midfield was required to do so as the support was not getting there fast enough. As well as the speed of transitions were good as “Numbers were moving forward quick” but the offense needed to be on the same page as the defense. The rest of the conversation was working out minor tweaks and hooks as the team continues to grow and learn together. The second half arrived and Capital FC continued to keep up a tight defense in a back and forth brawl. In the 65th-minute Capitals #10 weaved her way through the field to score a second time, clutching a brace. Thematch continued with the Alliance still fighting and making plays even though the scoreboard did not match the atmosphere.

Allison Flynn #10

In the 71st, Kate Springer added to the Alliances side of the scoreboard, adding fuel to the fire. The goal came when #10 Allie Flynn set up an impressive shot that ricocheted of the crossbar and towards #8 Kate Springer, who then took her opportunity to chip it past the best efforts of the keeper. The game ended in the 93rd minute with the 3-1 result. Even though the result was not what NCW Alliance FC hoped for, the young team’s game showed that they will continue to put effort into fixing and sharpening their game as they grow together.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Game Recap by Kaitlyn Bonner