Spokane Shadow News Release - Friday, June 16, 2017
The Spokane Shadow Men's First Team will be looking to make a dent in the NPSL Northwest table this weekend with a pair of home matches, playing host to Kitsap Saturday at 7:00 and FCM Portland Sunday at 2:00. Both games are at Spokane Falls CC Stadium. Gates open 30 minutes before kick-off. Shadow 2, meanwhile, travel to Yakima Sunday.
Saturday's match includes a couple of special features. The first 75 fans receive a Free Sounders FC scarf. In conjunction with the Olivia Chaffin Memorial Tournament being played this weekend, two dollars from every ticket sold goes to the Olivia Chaffin Scholarship.
Saturday - Shadow MFT v Kitsap Pumas 7:00 - SFCC
Sunday - Shadow MFT v FCM Portland 2:00 - SFCC
The Shadow look to rebound from a tough Oregon trip that saw them drop two on the road to PDX FC and FCM Portland last weekend. Before they get a second chance at FCM, though, the lads will have to meet up with Kitsap for the second time this season on Saturday. In their first initial meeting to open the season, the two sides battled to a 1-1 stalemate in Bremerton. The Pumas held the lead from the first half, but Jesse Retan scored the equalizer in the 71st on a ball from Kyle Morris.
Last weekend, FCM got the better of the Shadow on a pair of set pieces in a 2-0 result in which Spokane hit the woodwork three times and had a myriad of other chances. The hosts tallied on a corner in which Shadow goalkeeper Bryan Hernandez suffered a foul that went uncalled and the second also came on a corner with the ball finding its way back to an FCM player that smashed a shot in from the top of the box. The trip concluded with a 4-1 defeat to PDX in which Drew Williams scored on a ball from JD Hauenstein in the second half. Trailing 3-1, it was too late for a full comeback.
Joining the squad this week is Zack Hamer. Hamer returns to the team after being one of the leading scorers for the team the past two seasons. His addition may mark the first time the Hamer brothers will take the pitch together since his older brother Nick finished up at Gonzaga in 2014. Nick featured for the Shadow in 2014, but spent the last two seasons with Kitsap in the PDL.
Spokane Shadow MFT Weekend Roster
Johny Cortez - F - CC Spokane / Moses Lake HS #
Jared Davis - F - CC Spokane
Nick Hamer - M - Gonzaga University / Mead HS
Zack Hamer - F - Gonzaga University / Mead HS
JD Hauenstein - M - MSU-Billings / Central Valley HS #
Bryan Hernandez - G - Humboldt State University
Isaiah Jackson - M - Gonzaga University
Kelly Kyllo - D - CC Spokane / Lakeside HS #
Jackson Moore - M - Pacific Lutheran Univ / Lewis & Clark HS #
Kyle Morris - D - Whitworth University
Josh Patino - M - Brigham Young University
Berrick Rastock - M - San Diego State University
Chase Reidt - CC Spokane / Central Valley HS #
Colin Shockman - D - Whitworth University / Mead HS #
Tyler Smith - M - University of Washington
Brayden Sullivan - F - Gonzaga University
David Starkovich - D - Whitworth University
Tony Watters - G - Whitworth University
Drew Williams - F - Whitworth University / North Central HS #
# Shadow youth product
Other NPSL Weekend Games: No other games
Sunday - Shadow 2 @ Yakima United 5:30 pm - SOZO Sports Complex
This weekend's match-up is a meeting of two teams in similar shoes as Yakima and Spokane both earned their first wins of the season last week.
Last week at home in the club’s first-ever contest at the Polo Grounds, Shadow 2 picked up a big victory on Sunday with a 1-0 decision over visiting Oly Town Artesians, ending their winless start to the Evergreen Premier League season.
The Shadow had much of the possession in the first half with several good looks on goal, but it was a quick series of passes up the middle in the 44th minute that led to the deciding goal. The club’s Spokane Sounders youth player Brayden Tucker, with a deft touch, delivered the ball to another former Shadow youth Chase Reidt (CC Spokane), who beat a defender before slipping the ball past goalkeeper JJ Olson. Alex Pells, a former Shadow youth product that currently plays at Pacific University, got the shutout in goal with minimal effort with the defense performing well and limiting the chances from the Artesians.
The day prior, Shadow 2 lost a tight contest at Whitworth, suffering a 2-0 defeat against league-leading Seattle. The Stars got on the board in the 31st minute on a long strike from defender Noah Cavanaugh. The Shadow had several chances to pull even but Seattle clinched it in the final minute of stoppage time when Tyler Bjork pinged a ball in off the right post to lock up the outcome.
Yakima posted a 2-1 win over visiting WP South Sound Shock last Saturday after starting 0-3-2. Both teams saw players recognized as Players of the Week with Reidt earning the offensive honor and Hoppers keeper Jacob Rhoads receiving the defensive nod.
Shadow 2 Weekend Roster
Logan Coddington - Central Valley HS
Alex Pells - Pacific University / Ferris HS
Rudi McClellan - Humboldt State
Callan Martin - MSU-Billings / Ferris HS
Zach Mattson - University HS
Mario Bado - CC Spokane
Brayden Sullivan - Gonzaga University
Landon Butler - Ferris HS
Jose Gonzalez - CC Spokane
Travis Swallow - Lake City HS
Christian Haas - Whitworth University / Lewiston HS
Gabriel Di Natale - University of Great Falls
Brayden Tucker - Northwest Christian HS
Hans Lohmeyer - UNC-Asheville
Dominic Welch - CC Spokane / Mead HS
Sterling Eaglin - Ferris HS
Other EPLWA Weekend Games: Saturday - Yakima @ South Sound, Oly Town @ Seattle; Sunday - Olympic @ Vancouver
The Spokane Shadow Women's First Team (5-1-0) is idle for the next two weeks. The break comes after the reigning NWPL champions dropped their first game of the season in a battle for first place with Seattle Stars last Saturday at Whitworth.
The Stars rallied from a 1-0 deficit after a late first half injury saw player Angela Celedon taken to the hospital with a neck injury. The Shadow jumped in front in the contest when former Shadow youth products paired up for the opener in the 27th minute with Tiara Pajimola (Whitworth) finding Larkin Russell (Portland) inside the box. The goal came a few minutes after a the Shadow had a flurry of three chances in front of goal with the final shot going right to the keeper. Marissa Mykines nearly pushed the lead to two in the 38th with a low free kick from about 22 yards that skirted by the far left post.
Two minutes into the second half India Jencks scored from distance to level terms for the visitors, and in the 66th a long free kick into the box pinged around before Sunshine Soriano put it away. Graduating Shadow youth player Mia Padon nearly tied it back up in the 82nd with a long shot that skimmed the top of the crossbar, and in the 89th it looked like Russell was gonna get another only to see the keeper Sydney Day get her hand to the effort that was bound for the upper corner.
The rest of the league, meanwhile, is quite busy with six games this weekend.
Other NWPL Weekend Games: Saturday - Yakima @ WPSS, Seattle @ NWC Alliance, Twin City @ Fuerza; Sunday - NCW Alliance @ Yakima, Twin City @ WA Timbers, Olympic @ Fuerza