Charlie Naimo's Pali Blues had a gauntlet of matches this past week. All good winning streaks come to an end in the W-League. For Pali, their run was destined to end in the Pacific Northwest.
Before they began their journey, forward Lynn Williams was named Player of the Week for recording four goals and two assists for Pali on the week ending Wednesday, June 13. Defender Christe Shaner was also recognized for her performance against the Victoria Highlanders at home.
On June 20, Pali continued their season at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. to take on the Seattle Sounders, who came into the match second in the W-League Western Conference. Pali proceeded to pitch a 2-0 shutout win over the home side.
Williams kept her hotstreak going with a goal off of Elizabeth Eddy in the fifth minute of play. Nikki Washington doubled the advantage in the sixth minute but Pali could not add to their lead for the rest of the game, as the Sounders defense adjusted to the looks the visitors got.
On June 22, Pali routed the hapless Victoria Highlanders 4-0. Michelle Pao got the game going in the 20th minute to make it 1-0 Blues. Washington (37') and Williams (40') also made easy pickings of the Highlander defense, as did Eddy in the 70th minute.
The Vancouver Whitecaps will go down as the first team this season to shut down the Pali Blues. The match only ended in a scoreless draw at Kinsmen Sports Complex in Vancouver but it is clear that if there is one team that knows how to neutralize the Pali attack, it is the Caps.
Pali get another chance to make amends for their subpar efforts offensively when both teams meet on Wednesday at the Stadium by the Sea on the campus of Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for June 27 at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET.