Coming in as a substitute in the 70th minute, Salvador Sanchez left no doubt which side would be coming out of Saturday night's match against FC Sacramento victorious as he scored a natural hat trick, leading WNFC to a 5-1 victory. The victory, coupled with Magic Valley's 5-1 loss to Boise FC the night before and Real San Jose's 5-4 loss to CD Pamperos clinched a spot in the 2017 UPSL Spring Season Playoffs.
While the top two seeds out of the Northwest Conference are locked with California Victory FC taking the 1-seed and Boise FC as the 2-seed, WNFC will not know which spot they will officially hold (either 3 or 4) until after this weekend at the least. Magic Valley FC is currently in 4th with 23 points and Real San Jose is in 5th with 22. The teams play each other this Saturday. Real San Jose still has another game that they can play, a make-up against CD Aguiluchos. However, if Magic Valley defeats RSJ this weekend, that game would not have to be played since RSJ could not pass either Magic Valley or WNFC for a playoff spot. If the teams draw, RSJ will play Aguiluchos sometime next week. If RSJ wins, they will knock Magic Valley out of the playoffs and could play Aguiluchos to take the 3rd seed.
Regardless of the seed, WNFC knows that they will be on the road for the first round of the playoffs. The first round is currently scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 15. Until then, the team will continue to practice and will be looking to play some friendlies in order to keep sharp.
WNFC will be taking on the Las Vegas Mobsters this coming Sunday, June 25 at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas.