SPOKANE SHADOW NEWS RELEASE -- Saturday, May 30, 2015
A late goal in first half stoppage time from defender Brady Ulen (pictured left) and a second half header by Zach Hamer (pictured right), combined with a great performance in goal from Jeff Srock, propelled the Spokane Shadow to a 2-0 victory against visiting rival Yakima United at Spokane Falls CC Stadium in Evergreen Premier League action.
In a back-and-forth contest, the difference truly came down to the goalkeeping as Jeff Srock (CC Spokane / Mt Spokane) put up one of the best individual performances in front of net the Shadow has seen in its first two seasons in EPLWA. The veteran 6’6” keeper made numerous stops on the night, denying several close-range efforts with quick reaction stops and making an incredible one-on-one stop at the top of the box against Hector Valdovinos, one of Yakima’s most dangerous players and regular threat on the night, during a breakaway in the 25th minute.
“He's unbelievable. Man of the match, hands down - no questions about it,” Shadow coach Chad Brown said of Srock after the match. “He's been fantastic. He's his own worst critic, and I hope that he's feeling pretty proud of himself tonight because he absolutely kept us in that game and was super calm about it at halftime.”
Srock’s performance in goal gave the boys in blue enough time to finally get the breakthrough goal, though they had several chances to take the lead in the first half. As stoppage time was winding down, the Shadow were awarded a free kick about 35 yards from goal and Dustin Ferger (Gonzaga Univ / East Valley HS) sent a low looping ball just over the wall. It came down in the center of the box, where Zach Hamer (Gonzaga Univ / Mead HS) dashed in from the left and beat goalkeeper Jacob Rhoads to it. The shot, however, deflected off the post and fell to Brady Ulen (North Idaho College / Post Falls HS), who banged it into the open net for the lead just seconds before intermission.
“We got a late goal in the first half, which was huge,” said Brown. “They were putting us under quite a bit of pressure and causing us some problems late in the first half so it was good to get it. It was a great set piece goal, and good to get that goal going into halftime.”
The second goal was textbook quality. Kazuki Tateishi (CC Spokane) took the ball up the right side and from about 45 yards out sent a diagonal cross in toward the far post. Hamer came in and calmly nodded the ball into the open left side of goal for the insurance.
From there, Spokane shut things down and took control of the match. The shutout was the seventh of the season in the league through 23 games with South Sound also getting a clean sheet on the night in a league that now boasts a 4.74 goals per game average.
“I'm glad I was able to do what I needed to do; do my job for the team,” Jeff Srock said after the match. “I think tonight was a good turning point for us. Last year around this time was the same situation; just needed one game to build up the confidence.”
“Those are the saves are the ones I love making,” Srock said of the breakaway stop against Valdovinos. “Those are the saves why I play goalkeeper. Anything I can do to help the team.
SYSA Night & Jersey Mike's
At halftime of the match, Mitch O'Hair, general manager of Jersey Mike's, presented SYSA players with a check for $693 for a Spokane Youth Sports Association fundraiser the restaurant located at 4919 S Regal participated in with the organization.
Coming Up – Road Trip – June 6 & 7
The Shadow will embark on their first two-game trip of the season next weekend. They open things up Saturday afternoon against South Sound, which is currently unbeaten and second in the league. Then on Sunday they visit league newcomer Olympic Force in Bremerton.
Yakima United 0 :: 2 Spokane Shadow
SPO: Brady Ulen 45+
SPO: Zach Hamer (Kazuki Tateishi) 68
YAK: William Pineda (caution) 42, Dennis Stevensen 90+
SPO: Nick Ulowetz (caution) 89
SPOKANE SHADOW SCHEDULE
Sunday, May 3 - @ Wenatchee – 3-0 WIN
SATURDAY, MAY 9 - SEATTLE – 1-1 DRAW
SATURDAY, MAY 16 - VANCOUVER – 0-2 LOSS
SATURDAY, MAY 30 - YAKIMA – 2-0 WIN
Saturday, June 6 - @ South Sound 1:00
Sunday, June 7 - @ Olympic 9:30 am
SATURDAY, JUNE 13 - SOUTH SOUND - 7:00
SATURDAY, JUNE 20 - BELLINGHAM - 7:00
Saturday, June 27 - Vancouver - 7:00
Sunday, June 28 - Yakima - 6:00
SATURDAY, JULY 11 - WENATCHEE - 7:00
Saturday, July 18 - @ Seattle - 3:00
Sunday, July 19 - @ Bellingham - 3:00
SATURDAY, JULY 25 - OLYMPIC - 7:00
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