Saturday, May 28, 2016
The Spokane Shadow First Teams posted a pair of shutouts Saturday evening as they downed visiting rival Yakima United. The ladies posted four goals in the first half en route to a 9-0 NWPL result with the two-time EPLWA champions following it up with a goal in each half for a 2-0 decision.
Both sides return to action next Saturday, June 4 in a doubleheader that will be held Saturday at Joe Albi Stadium against the Olympic Force. The ladies kick things off at 4:00 with the men following at 6:30. The Men’s First Team is also in action Sunday, June 5 at Spokane Falls CC Stadium with a 4:00 kick-off against Wenatchee FC.
NWPL – Yakima United 0 :: 9 Spokane Shadow
The Shadow dominated the Hoppers from the opening whistle with a pair of quick goals. Sarah Cox tallied five minutes in via Karley Baggerly and Megan Lindsay (pictured right) doubled the advantage in the 12th courtesy of Marissa Mykines. Lindsay added her second from the spot after being fouled in the box driving along the end line in the 24th minute. She would later go on to record her second hat-trick of the season - both have been against Yakima - with a goal in the 79th minute.
Teenager Maia Angell capped the first half scoring when a ball played into the box by Jael Hagerott was quickly redirected centrally from the right side of area, finding the young back all alone for the finish inside the left post.
Four minutes into the second half, the visitors nearly got on the board when Stefany Martinez’s shot was saved by Ashlyn Juul and the rebound effort by Susana Arreola was off the mark.
Mykines became the fourth different scorer in the 59th minute off a quick ball from Hagerott in midfield. She made a 20 yard run before finishing with a nice strike from just inside the area. She then returned to the provider role, finding Cox six minutes later for her second of the night.
Hagerott set up another goal in the 75th, finding Tiara Pittman-Thomas. Then Katie Bischoff got into the mix, setting up Lindsay’s third four minutes later and scoring herself in the final moments of the match with a fantastic strike from long range.
Sarah Swanson and Juul split the shutout with a half each in goal.
SPO: Sarah Cox (Karley Baggerly) 5
SPO: Megan Lindsay (Marissa Mykines) 12
SPO: Megan Lindsay (penalty) 24
SPO: Maia Angell (Karley Baggerly) 34
SPO: Marissa Mykines (Jael Hagerott) 59
SPO: Sarah Cox (Marissa Mykines) 65
SPO: Tiara Pittman-Thomas (Jael Hagerott) 75
SPO: Megan Lindsay (Katie Bischoff) 79
SPO: Katie Bischoff 90
EPLWA – Yakima United 0 :: 2 Spokane Shadow
Coming off their scoreless season opener, the two sides in the early going looked headed in a similar direction until a deflected ball found Jesse Retan in the right side of the box. He quickly took advantage of the open space and went to goal before slicing with the outside of his foot a sharp-angled effort toward the far post. Joel Duncan was there and put the ball away for the go-ahead tally.
Duncan nearly added a second just five minutes later when a rebound came out to him near the top of the box, but his ripped effort was saved by Jacob Rhodes.
At the other end Tony Watters picked up his second shutout in three games. He made a nice save on a rising shot from Antonio Ruiz in the 36th minute. Yakima would go into the intermission on shouts for a penalty in the final minute of the half that went unheard.
The Hoppers continued to look for the equalizer early in the second half and created some early scares for the home side. A minute in Ruiz sent another rising shot from 20 yards that Watters had to leap and snare with his fingertips and made another great stop moments later when Hector Valdovinos had an open look from 14 yards out on the left side.
The Shadow settled things down and began to reclaim control of the contest. In the 62nd minute they nearly doubled the lead on a great chance when Michael Mollay chipped a spinning ball inside the box over a defender. Zach Hamer got to the bouncing ball at the edge of the six and nearly headed a looping ball over Rhodes, who managed to tip the ball onto the roof of the goal.
Ten minutes later the visitors against widened eyes when Ramon Ayala fired a shot from close range only to see it sky over the goal.
A corner kick in the 75th, though, gave the hosts firm command of the match when Eric Espinoza’s ball from the right soared to the far post where Hamer snuck a header past the keeper.
Four minutes later Jonny Cortez nearly pushed the margin to three when he drove to goal and fired an angled shot from the left side that smacked off the far right face of the crossbar.
SPO: Joel Duncan (Jesse Retan) 15
SPO: Zach Hamer (Eric Espinoza) 76