The Spokane Shadow Men's and Women's First Teams wrapped up their season series against the Olympic Force a combined 4-0 with a pair of victories Saturday evening at Joe Albi Stadium in front of over 800 fans. The WFT kicked things off with a shutout performance in a 5-0 win and the MFT followed up with a 5-2 result in the second half of the doubleheader. On Sunday, the MFT fell 2-0 to visiting Wenatchee at Spokane Falls CC Stadium. [Photos: (L) Megan Lindsay - (R) Zach Hamer, Eric Espinoza, Michael Mollay]
Spokane Shadow WFT 5 :: 0 Olympic Force
Though they controlled from the opening whistle, a half hour into the match the ladies converted into a two-goal lead on the scoreboard. With a great series of passes in the 29th minute, the Shadow broke open the scoring when Kasey Rubosky connected with Megan Lindsay, who fed Maia Angell for the finish.
Just two minutes later Lindsay set up another tally, getting around a defender at the left post and sending a ball across the six that Sarah Cox easily finished.
Lindsay was on fire for the day, playing a key role in all five tallies. She found Cox again in the 42nd minute and right before the intermission netted one of her own on a ball from Angell. In the second half Jael Hagerott was a benefactor of Lindsay, scoring with two minutes remaining.
The Shadow (5-1-0) remain in first by a single point as second-place South Sound picked up another win Saturday to keep pace at 4-0-2.
Shadow WFT 5 :: 0 Olympic Force
SPO: Maia Angell (Megan Lindsay) 29
SPO: Sarah Cox (Megan Lindsay) 31
SPO: Sarah Cox (Megan Lindsay) 42
SPO: Megan Lindsay (Maia Angell) 45
SPO: Jael Hagerott (Megan Lindsay) 88
Saturday: Spokane Shadow MFT 5 :: 2 Olympic Force
In the second half of the doubleheader Saturday, Zach Hamer played the star role in leading the Shadow to the victory. He helped create the opening goal six minutes into the match when he ripped a shot from the left side that smacked off the left post and caromed across the face of the goal to an on-rushing Michael Mollay, who buried it from about 10 yards.
Olympic answered in the 20th minute, but Hamer restored the lead two minutes before the break via a free kick from Eric Espinoza that curled into the 18, bounced untouched before finding the head of Hamer for the finish. Nine minutes into the second half Espinoza made a run up the middle of the pitch before splitting the defenders with an excellent ball to Hamer, who drove to the end line and scored on a sharp-angled shot to push the lead to two.
Three minutes later Jonny Cortez made it a three-goal advantage on a ball from Fernando Alvarez.
Olympic tallied again in the 64th to pull back within two, but it was as close as they would get with Roberto Esquivel capping the game with a goal three minutes from time.
The Shadow MFT (4-1-1) moved firmly into second place with the win as South Sound (3-4-0) lost 3-1 to the Shadow's Sunday opponent Wenatchee FC. Vancouver Victory remain in first with a perfect record through five games.
Shadow MFT 5 :: 2 Olympic Force
SPO: Michael Mollay (Zach Hamer) 6
OLY: Ismael De Luna (Raul De Luna) 20
SPO: Zach Hamer (Eric Espinoza) 43
SPO: Zach Hamer (Eric Espinoza) 54
SPO: Jonny Cortez (Fernando Alvarez) 57
OLY: Valentyn Shymko (Ismael De Luna) 64
SPO: Roberto Esquivel 87
Sunday: Spokane Shadow MFT 0 :: 2 Wenatchee FC
The Spokane Shadow Men's First Teams fell for the second time this season, losing 2-0 late Sunday afternoon to visiting Wenatchee FC in the blazing heat at Spokane Falls CC Stadium in Evergreen Premier League action.
Wenatchee's first goal came in the 26th minute when Eduardo Perez took the ball into the right corner and sent a low ball into the box that Eleazar Galvan rushed onto and finished first-time from about 13 yards.
As the Shadow looked for an equalizer, the visiting Capitals added some insurance in the 73rd on a corner kick. The initial ball in was directed out toward the top of the box, however, Cristian Garcia stepped forward and fired it back on frame out of reach of goalkeeper Tony Watters.
From that point Wenatchee bunkered in front of goalkeeper Miguel Avaloz to limit Spokane's chances, earning the shutout victory - the team's first win against Spokane in five matches (three seasons).
Spokane remains second in EPLWA, trailing Vancouver by two points. With a win over Yakima, Bellingham jumped to third a point back of Spokane and Wenatchee moved into a tie for fourth with Sound Sound.
Shadow MFT 0 :: 2 Wenatchee FC
WEN: Eleazar Galvan (Eduardo Perez) 26
WEN: Cristian Garcia 73