Pair of Doubleheaders at Polo Grounds for Shadow WFT, Shadow 2



The Spokane Shadow Women's First Team and Shadow 2 men's side host a pair of doubleheaders this weekend at the Polo Grounds. The Northwest Premier League champion Shadow WFT plays Twin City on Saturday at 6:00 and 2016 runner-up South Sound Sunday at 5:00. Shadow 2 play host to Vancouver Saturday at 3:00 and Olympic Sunday at 2:00 in Evergreen Premier League play.

With a competitive chase on for the top two spots and byes in the NWPL postseason, the Shadow ladies are looking to boost their position after a few weeks off. The Shadow play two sides this weekend they have already seen this season, the first with an unbalanced schedule. 

In the second of two road games that weekend, the Shadow topped a rested Twin City side on May 21 with goals from Meaghan Bare and Tiana Helm in a 2-1 victory. The week prior they faced a similar situation against Sunday's opponent Washington Premier South Sound. On the road for a second game in as many days and facing a team that was rested, the Shadow picked up a victory. The result, an emphatic 3-0 win, avenged the previous season's lone defeat under identical conditions. Darby Doyle scored the opener in the 11th and Callie Best doubled the lead in the 21st on a ball from Jael Hagerott, who turned scorer in the second half for the final tally. 

Saturday v Twin City Union (Polo Grounds) - 6:00
Sunday v Washington Premier South Sound (Polo Grounds) - 5:00

Spokane Shadow WFT Weekend Roster
Maia Angell - D - Hawaii Pacific University / Lewis & Clark HS #
Kaelyn Barnes - F - Central Valley HS (Eastern Washington commit) #
Callie Best - M - Gonzaga University / Lakeside HS #
Sarah Cox - M - Gonzaga University 
Kelsey Crosby - M - University HS #
Morgan Crosby - M - University of Idaho / University HS #
Darby Doyle - M - Gonzaga Prep / (Western Washington commit) #
Katie Greene - D - Mead HS (Concordia commit) #
Maddie Haas - M - Lewiston HS (Univ of Idaho commit) #
Martha Heaps - D - Concordia University / Mead #
Samantha Heilman - F - Gonzaga University / Richland HS 
Tiegan Horton - G - Portland St / North Idaho College / Lake City HS
Havana Johnson - F - Lake City HS (McNeese State commit) #
Riley Martinson - F - Deer Park HS / (Embry-Riddle AU commit) #
Emmy Moore - F - Deer Park HS #
Tiara Pajimola - F - Whitworth University / Shadle Park HS #
Bridget Rieken - D - Lake City HS 
Hope Tsuneyoshi - D - Gonzaga University
Hailey Tucker - F - Central Valley HS (Elon University commit) #
# Shadow youth product

Though the top of the table is out of reach, Shadow 2 are looking to finish strong with five games left to play - all at home - and plenty of teams within striking distance in the table. Winless on the road, the side has been finding its stride of late and in their first home contests of the season a few weeks ago, the team split on the weekend in two quality performances. 

On Saturday they host defending champion Vancouver Victory, who won the first meeting 8-2 after a first half that saw the Shadow trailing just 1-0. On Sunday the Olympic Force, who took the first meeting 2-0 in what was Spokane's season opener, visit the Polo Grounds.  

Saturday v Vancouver Victory (Polo Grounds) - 3:00
Sunday v Olympic Force (Polo Grounds) - 2:00

Shadow 2 Weekend Roster
Mario Bado - CC Spokane 
Parker Boyd - CC Spokane 
Landon Butler - Ferris HS
Johny Cortez - CC Spokane / Moses Lake HS
Robby Dunlap - Lewis & Clark HS 
Sterling Eaglin - Ferris HS
Eric Espinoza - Whitworth University 
Trevan Estrellado - CSU-San Bernardino / Peninsula / Cheney HS
Jose Gonzalez - CC Spokane 
Christian Haas - Whitworth University / Lewiston HS
Bryan Hernandez - Humboldt State 
Kelly Kyllo - CC Spokane / Lakeside HS  
Zach Mattson - University HS
Rudi McClellan - Humboldt State
Alex Pells - Pacific University / Ferris HS
Chase Reidt - CC Spokane / Central Valley HS
Brayden Sullivan - Gonzaga University 
Travis Swallow - Lake City HS
Dominic Welch - CC Spokane / Mead HS
Garrett Wilson - Gonzaga University 

On Wednesday, the Shadow Men's First Team picked up their second victory of the season with a fantastic debut performance at the Spokane Polo Grounds, downing visiting OSA FC 2-0 on goals from Gonzaga alumni Zack Hamer and Alec Cutter.  

In their first meeting, the two sides appeared headed to a scoreless stalemate when host OSA FC scored in the final minute of regulation. The Shadow, though, stunned everyone as they quickly went down the field and answered with an equalizer in stoppage time to double the drama in the wild finish for a 1-1 draw. 

Wednesday evening at the Polo Grounds saw similar last-minute action. A quick counter in the final minute of the first half went up the left side with Eric Espinoza (Whitworth) finding Zack Hamer. Hamer turned his defender to get through, allowing him to fire on goal from just inside the box for the opening tally. 

In the second half goalkeeper Bryan Hernandez made key saves on a few OSA FC chances to keep the ledger blank for the visitors. 

At the other end the Shadow had a few significant chances around the hour mark to expand the lead, but came up empty. Drew Williams got to the endline near the goal in the 59th and fed the ball inside to Chase Reidt at the top of the six, but the ball was knocked away for a corner. Moments later Williams had a look himself only to see it miss the mark. 

As the clock was nearing the end of the contest, the Shadow struck again to clinch the contest in the 88th minute. Moments after entering the match Shadow youth product Johny Cortez (CC Spokane) found Cutter in the box on a quickly-developed chance. With space, Cutter picked his spot and finished from about 16 yards out. 

OSA FC 0-2 Spokane Shadow
SPO: Zack Hamer (Eric Espinoza) 45
SPO: Alec Cutter (Johny Cortez) 88


Other NWPL Matches - Saturday: Yakima @ Fuerza 5:30, WPSS @ NCW Alliance 6:00 - Sunday: Seattle Stars @ Fuerza 5:30

Current NWPL Table
Seattle Stars  7-1-0... 21 pts
Washington Timbers  6-2-1... 19
Spokane Shadow  5-1-0... 15 
Fuerza FC  4-3-0... 12
Yakima United  3-4-1... 10
WPSS Shock  3-4-0... 9
Olympic Force  2-5-2... 8
Twin City Union  2-5-1... 7 
^ Top six advance to playoffs 

Other EPLWA Matches - Saturday: Oly Town @ Yakima 6:00 - Sunday: Seattle @ Bellingham 3:00, Vancouver @ Yakima 4:00 

Current EPLWA Table 
Seattle Stars  6-1-1... 19 pts
Bellingham United  5-2-1... 16
Vancouver Victory  4-2-1... 13
WPSS Shock  4-3-0... 12
Olympic Force  3-3-2... 11
Oly Town Artesians  3-4-1... 10 
Yakima United  2-5-2... 8
Spokane Shadow  1-8-0... 3 

Other NPSL Results - Wednesday: FCM Portland 2-0 PDX 
Other NPSL Matches - Saturday: PDX FC @ FCM Portland, Kitsap SC @ Pierce County 

Current NPSL Northwest Standings
FCM Portland 5-3-0… 15 pts
Kitsap 4-1-2… 14 
OSA FC 3-3-2… 11
PDX FC 3-3-1… 10 
Spokane 2-4-3… 9
Pierce County 1-4-2… 5 

POLO GROUNDS: 7714 W Sunset Hwy, Spokane, WA 99224