Three Sides on the Road: Shadow kick off Inaugural NPSL Campaign at Kitsap

Spokane Shadow News Release - Friday, March 19, 2017


The Spokane Shadow Men's First Team will take the field for the first time this weekend in the National Premier Soccer League, embarking on a new challenge at a national level with a two-game road trip to the west side of the state to face a new-look Kitsap Pumas club and OSA FC. The reigning Northwest Premier League champion Shadow Women's First team, meanwhile, ventures to the southwest portion of the state for a two-game trip to face league newcomers Washington Timbers (Vancouver, WA) and the Twin City Union (Centralia). 

Also on the road, Spokane Shadow 2 will take a similar trip as the ladies, trekking to play the Vancouver Victory and the Oly Town Artesians. 

Shadow Men’s First Team

New head coach Cameron Bushey takes to the road with a squad full of some familiar faces and some new. Leading the way on the roster will be Jesse Retan, Nicholas Hamer, Kelly Kyllo and Spencer Wolfe, who was named team captain. The PumOther familiar faces on the squad include attackers Johny Cortez and Drew Williams along with defenders Jared Davis, Ivan Adame and Jackson Moore.  

Among the new faces on the team are Berrick Rastok and Josh Patino. Rastok recently moved to Spokane from San Diego to take a position in the club as the Director of the Sounders Homegrown Program and as a coach within the club. The California native and former San Diego Surf youth coach is familiar with the league having previously played for North County Battalion (now SoCal Surf), San Diego Boca FC and the San Diego Flash. Patino recently moved to the city as part of the new Gonzaga Women's Soccer coaching staff after three program record-setting years as the head coach of Southern Virginia University. The move reconnected him with GU head coach Chris Watkins, who was his coach when Patino helped propel BYU's non-NCAA program into a successful team in the USL Premier Development League. 

The opposition features two potentially difficult sides. Kitsap is undergoing a significant transition, moving from the USL PDL to the NPSL and re-organizing into a full amateur side after eight seasons as a professional club that had plenty of success in the PDL and in the US Open Cup. The Pumas recently featured Hamer for the past two seasons, along with Shadow star Mike Ramos, who is currently playing in the second-tier professional North American Soccer League with Puerto Rico FC.  OSA FC, meanwhile, recently participated in the US Open Cup as an NPSL representative, advancing from the first round with a 3-2 victory over PDL side Sounders U23 and nearly upset second-tier pro side Reno 1868 FC on Wednesday in the second round, falling 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. 

Saturday @ Kitsap (Gordon Field) - 7:00
Sunday @ OSA FC (Starfire Sports Complex) - 4:30 

Spokane Shadow MFT Weekend Roster
Ivan    Adame - D - CC Spokane 
Johny Cortez - F - CC Spokane / Moses Lake HS
Alec    Cutter - F - Gonzaga University / Ferris HS
Jared Davis - D - CC Spokane / Henry Jackson HS
Nicholas Hamer - M - Gonzaga University / Mead HS
Bryan Hernandez - G - Humboldt State University 
Dana Kowacheck - F - Fort Lewis College / Big Sky HS
Kelly Kyllo - D - CC Spokane / Lakeside HS
Rudi    McClellan - D - Humboldt State University 
Jackson Moore - D - Pacific Lutheran Univ / Lewis & Clark HS
Kyle    Morris - D - Whitworth University 
Josh    Patino - M - Brigham Young University 
Berrick Rastok - M - San Diego State University 
Chase Reidt - M - CC Spokane / Central Valley HS
Jesse Retan - M - Whitworth University / Peninsula College / Cheney HS
Tyler Smith - F - Mt Spokane HS (Univ of Washington bound) 
Drew Williams    - F - Whitworth University / North Central HS
Spencer Wolfe     (C) - D - Whitworth University 

Shadow Women’s First Team

Despite starting their campaign in the third week of the league's season, the defending champs are looking to make up ground with 4-0-0 table leader Seattle Stars after having posted a pair of wins on arguably their toughest trip of the season last week. 

The ladies rallied from a deficit in the opening game against Olympic Force thanks to the leadership of Jael Hagerott, who was involved in both goals in the build up Saturday as Kaelyn Barnes tied it up midway through the second half and Maddie Haas capped the game with a 90th-minute 2-1 winner. On Sunday she had an exceptional assist with a chipped pass over the well-rested South Sound back line, scored the third goal and had several individual moments that almost led to goals. Tallying in the 3-0 win that avenged last season's only loss - under matching competitive circumstances created by the schedule - were Darby Doyle and Callie Best in the first half. High school sophomore goalkeeper AJ Crooks allowed one goal in the two outings, earning Defensive Player of the Week recognition from the NWPL. 

After an opening trip that featured a lot of current Spokane Sounders youth players last week, a number of the areas college players have returned home to join the squad for week two. Back home are Ashlyn Juul, Katie Greene, Martha Heaps, Michaela Prothe and Morgan Crosby. Katie Cashman and Sarah Cox, standouts from last season's championship campaign, are also back in the lineup, and are joined by recent North Idaho College stars Tiegan Horton and Megan Lowery, who are in the midst of transferring to new schools.  

This week, the team will face Washington Timbers for the first time on Saturday. The Vancouver-based club is new to the league this season, but very familiar to the Shadow / Spokane Sounders as they square off regularly at the youth level. Both sides will likely feature current and recent high school standouts that have battled previously. The Timbers are currently third at 2-1-0. Third-place finishers a year ago, Twin City is currently 1-1-1 this season. Shadow WFT newcomer Tianna Helm played for the Union last season. 
Saturday @ Washington Timbers (Harmony Complex) - 4:00 
Sunday @ Twin City Union (Tiger Stadium) - 1:00 

Spokane Shadow WFT Weekend Roster
Ashlyn Juul - GK - Northwest University / Mead HS
Tiegan Horton - GK - Portland State / North Idaho College / Lake City HS
Katie Cashman - D - Eastern Washington University
Katie Greene - D - Mead HS (Concordia bound) 
Martha Heaps - D - Concorida University / Mead HS
Emmy Moore - D - Deer Park HS
Mia Padon - D - Gonzaga Prep (West Point bound)
Michaela Prothe - D - Concordia University / Ferris HS
Morgan Crosby - M - University of Idaho / University HS
Darby Doyle - M - Gonzaga Prep HS (Western Washington bound)
Tianna Helm - M/F - Gonzaga University / Cashmere HS 
Claire Neder - M - Mead HS (Seattle Pacific bound)
Megan Bare - F - Idaho State University / Lake City HS
Bria Bowton - F - University of Redlands / Ferris HS
Havannah Johnson - F - Lake City HS (McNeese State bound)
Megan Lowery - F - Univ of Mary / North Idaho College / Coeur d'Alene HS
Sarah Cox - F/M - Gonzaga University 
Hailey Tucker - F - Central Valley HS (Elon University bound) 

Spokane Shadow 2

Saturday @ Vancouver Victory (Ridgefield HS) - 5:00 
Sunday @ Oly Town Artesians (Evergreen St College) - 2:00 

With a number of college players still to report, Shadow 2 will once again feature a youth-laden squad when it takes to the road, particularly with the NPSL now in action. A handful of college players that arrived this week will be looking to earn spots on the First Team with their trip west. Gabriel Di Natale (Univ of Great Falls), Brayden Sullivan (Gonzaga), Alex Pells (Pacific/Whitworth), Callan Martin (MSU-Billings) and Mario Bado (CC Spokane) will take on the role of leaders and mentors as the team travels to face the reigning Evergreen Premier League champion Vancouver Victory, who are now coached by former Shadow product Troy Ready, and league newcomer Oly Town Artesians. 

Spokane Shadow 2 Weekend Roster
Coddington, Logan        
Huffman, Andrew        
Livingston, Luke        
Lohmeyer, Hans        
Friedman, Jeff        
Martin, Caden        
Bado, Mario        
Swallow, Travis        
Di Natale, Gabriel        
Scudder, Barrett        
Butler, Landon        
Mattson, Zach        
Sullivan, Brayden        
Crossingham, Amos        
Pells, Alex        
Martin, Callan        
Weller, Cameron