Shadow depart for final EPLWA road trip
Spokane faces second-place Vancouver tonight, rival Yakima Friday; Youth head to Crossfire Challenge

SPOKANE SHADOW NEWS RELEASE  --  Thursday, July 10, 2014

It is busy couple weeks for the Spokane SC Shadow from the First Team all the way down to its U11 sides as they travel throughout the state for competition. The Evergreen Premier League side highlights the activity with it’s final road trip of the league’s debut season, facing Vancouver tonight and stopping in Yakima Friday evening on the way back. On the youth side, 20 teams are competing at the Crossfire Challenge in Redmond. 

The Shadow First Team (6-2-2) head into the road trip with an eight-game unbeaten streak on the heels of a 1-1 draw against Vancouver Sunday afternoon in which Graison Le tallied a 69th minute equalizer. Mirza Radic scored for Vancouver in the 31st via a penalty. 

Spokane is among a three-team race for the league championship that will be decided as the season concludes over the next two weeks. South Sound (8-2-1) and Vancouver currently sit tied for first on 25 points with 34 possible for South Sound and 31 possible for Vancouver. Spokane (6-2-2) have 20 points and can reach 32, requiring a bit of help from some opponents facing the Tacoma-based side. The Shock face Seattle tonight but have a tough road weekend in eight days with a Friday trip to fourth-place Bellingham and a Sunday trek down to Vancouver.  

The Shadow play Vancouver Thursday at 7:00 at McKenzie Stadium and kickoff against Yakima at 6:30 at Marquette Stadium. 

About the Opposition: Vancouver Victory

Vancouver came into Sunday’s game on a three-game win streak. The first two were late victories with the winning tallies coming in stoppage time. Jordan Jones, who had four goals and an assist in those three games and seven for the season, did not come to Spokane, however. 

The Victory are coached by the Afenegus brothers, who used to call Spokane home. The pair previously played for the PDL Shadow over 10 years ago but are now fixtures in the Vancouver soccer community. Biniam Afenegus is the long-time head coach of Clark College while his brother Filomon has moved on to coaching at a local high school there. The team includes numerous players from the NWAACC school on the roster. 

About the Opposition: Yakima United
The Shadow will be looking to avenge their early-season 3-2 home loss at the hands of their longtime rivals from the PDL days. The second match of the campaign was the club’s last, and left a bitter taste as the Shadow watched a two-goal lead not stand up. Devin Leon scored in the 7th and Mike Ramos in the 26th, but Cesar Rodrigues set up Hector Valdovinos in the 35th, tallied the equalizer two minutes later and then found Junior Garcia for the winner in the 90th. 

Since then, the season has been back and forth for the team. They went on a three-game winless run despite scored seven goals. After a 5-2 win, they dropped an 8-2 stunner in Bellingham and went through a drought with one goal total in three more defeats. The Hoppers have rebounded of late though with a 3-2 over WestSound and a shocking 6-0 drubbing of Bellingham. Valdovinos continues to be a consistent scoring threat with nine on the season, ranking second in the league. Jesse Equivel has six and Garcia five.

FINAL HOME GAMES – July 19 & 20

Fill the Falls – With the title on the line, the Shadow need everyone to bring their extended family and friends to both games at Spokane Falls CC Stadium on the final weekend of the season to help cheer them onto the championship. The game Saturday, July 19 kicks off at 7:00 pm versus the Seattle Stars and the season finale Sunday, July 20 begins at 5:00 pm. Family-friendly tailgating begins two hours prior to kickoff and the gates open one hour prior. 

Shadow Player Pool for Road Trip

Matt Beaulaurier… Ferris HS
Keane Ellis… Gonzaga University
Sam Engle… Whitworth University
Dustin Ferger… Gonzaga University / East Valley HS
Andrew Glaeser… No. Illinois Univ / Oregon State / Walla Walla HS
Derrick Gonzales… St Martin’s / Moses Lake HS
Aaron Jeffery… Gonzaga University 
Graison Le… Gonzaga University / Coeur d’Alene HS
Devin Leon… CC Spokane
Zane Meehan… U of Pittsburgh / Northwest Nazarene 
Tim Mueller… Oregon St / Post Falls HS
Mike Ramos… Seattle University / University HS
Chris Rothrock… Whitworth University / Shadle Park HS
Colin Shockman… Whitworth University / Mead HS
Adam Talley… North Idaho College / East Valley HS
Juan Valderrama… University of Great Falls
Avery Washington… CC Spokane / Ferris 
Jacob Weaver… Northwest University / Northwest Christian HS
Derek Zimmerman… St Mary’s / Tri-Cities Prep 

Shadow Youth around the State

The Crossfire Challenge, a two-weekend event, kicks off Friday with the older age groups. Four boys and four girls Shadow teams U15-U18 are making the trek across the state to compete against some of the regions top sides in one of the premier tournaments in the Northwest. The following weekend, a dozen teams from Spokane SC will be heading over representing the Shadow’s U11-U14 boys and girls programs. Meanwhile, the ladies U17 and U18 sides are in Tukwila participating in the PacNW College Camp at the Starfire Complex. 

Coach Brown presents CC Spokane Finishing Camp

Shadow head coach Chad Brown will be conducting the CC Spokane Finishing Camp July 14-17 at Spokane Community College. Coach Brown has six years of professional playing experience, eight years of college coaching experience and over 15 years of youth development coaching experience that includes regional and national team players as well as professional players. He will share all of that with players through the camp, which will focus on first touch, movement with and without the ball, timing of runs and decision making along with plenty of shooting and crossing from 9:00-11:00 am each day. For ages 7-13 and cost is $100 (discounts for teams and siblings available). Personal and small group training is also available.  Contact Chad for registration details at Chad.Brown@spokanefalls.edu

EPLWA This Week 

Around the league:  With two of the top teams squaring off in Spokane Sunday, the other two contenders were on the road Saturday. Outsiders Bellingham saw their chances eliminated with a stunning 6-0 defeat to Yakima and South Sound fell in another surprise result at Wenatchee, 3-1. The results saw the top four in the league all go without a win. In the other game, Seattle trumped WestSound 4-1 to give the league 17 goals in four games.  This week is a bit of an oddity. With the three contenders all in action Thursday evening and the second Shadow game Friday in Yakima, most of the results will be known before the weekend even arrives as their are only two games on Saturday - neither of which have title implications. Standings & Stat Leaders [+]  

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