The second week of the collegiate campaign for SSC Shadow alumni was without a doubt highlighted by Gonzaga's historic upset of local foe Washington State last Sunday as they made their debut under the new lights at Luger Field.
Playing host to the Cougars, who were 23-0-1 all-time in the series, the Bulldogs were heavy underdogs with WSU coming in off a 1-0 upset win of their own against 13th-ranked Santa Clara three nights earlier and a 2-1 overtime loss to 16th-ranked BYU the week before. They showed no fear, however, and constantly attacked the WSU defense, grabbing the lead early in the first half thanks to a header from former Shadow youth player Callie Best (pictured above, left). The goal would hold on as the winner thanks to goalkeeper Sarah Swanson (above, right), who spent the summer with the Shadow Women's First Team.
Coach Amy Edwards had great things to say about both after the game, telling INWsoccernews:
"Callie Best has played tremendously since last spring, and we knew she was gonna have a big impact for us. She had to play in three or four different positions today - she's incredible.
"I think, also lets talk about Sarah Swanson, who got thrown into the fire this year. She wasn't expecting to take the reigns, and the composure she had today - I am just so proud of her," Edwards said. "That's what we asked her to do. Go play with the Shadow and gain some confidence and keep playing. And it paid off."
Other Zags, Karley Baggerly, who scored in a 2-2 draw at Idaho Friday, and Lauren Luke, spent brief time with the Shadow WFT as well during the summer. On the other side of the ball were was another former Shadow player Maegan O'Neill, who nearly had an equalizer late in the match.
The Gonzaga men also had a good weekend, kicking off their campaign. A number of current and former Shadow Men's First Team players contributed in a 1-1 draw against Bradley Friday and a 4-1 win over Illinois-Chicago Sunday.
Other former Shadow players that had notable moments last week were Jess Kennedy, Dani Crawford and Ashlee Pedersen. Kennedy set up a pair of goals in Portland's 6-0 win over nearby Portland State and Ashlee Pedersen registered an assist on a critical late equalizer for Montana in a 1-1 draw at Wyoming. Crawford has led the Rainbow Warriors to a great start to the season at 3-0-1, playing all but 22 minutes in the four games. They tied Oregon 1-1 to opening the season and then posted 2-1 wins against Nevada and Portland State, and a 1-0 win against Idaho State. The last two coming in overtime.
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