Shadow News Release - Friday, June 9, 2017
The reigning Northwest Premier League champion Spokane Shadow Women's First Team will face its toughest opposition of the season for the season opener Saturday evening when they play host to league co-leader Seattle Stars. The match is the 6:30 pm nightcap of a doubleheader at Whitworth University that will see Shadow 2 taking on the Stars, who currently also lead the Evergreen Premier League, at 4:00.
Meanwhile, the Shadow Men's First Team is on the road for the final time in regular season action, traveling to Portland for games Saturday and Sunday against FCM Portland and PDX FC. It is the team's first trip south of the border for games since the team's launch in 2014 as the EPLWA only features Washington teams.
The doubleheader at Whitworth will mark the first time the First Teams have played on what is arguably one of the best natural surfaces in the Northwest. The moment is also special considering long-time ties between the Shadow and the university's soccer programs such as current WFT coaching staff - Kevin Moon and Jael & Daman Hagerott - having served previously at the school. Former longtime Shadow Technical Director Sean Bushey was the longtime coach of the men's program and longtime Shadow youth coach Bryan Olson recently took over as the women's head coach. In addition, numerous players on the First Teams and youth club alumni played for the Pirates.
Saturday - Shadow WFT v Seattle Stars 6:30 pm - Whitworth University
The last team to kick off their campaign, the defending champions quickly caught up with the Seattle Stars, which are off to a drastically better start with a 5-1-0 record that has dwarfed last year's final 2-4-6 record. The Shadow are 5-0-0 with 17 goals over the course of the five wins.
Marissa Mykines leads the way in the scoring department with four goals, which ranks second in the league (Lauryn Peters, Yakima, 5). She netted a hat-trick last week in a big 8-1 win in Wenatchee against NCW Alliance. Meaghan Bare has three goals and Havana Johnson two.
Ashlyn Juul will once again mind the nets this week. She has allowed just two goals in three matches since taking over for AJ Crooks, who is in California for the US U17 National Team camp.
The Stars were idle last weekend and the league's holiday week before, but suffered their first loss the game-week prior in a split on the weekend of May 20-21, falling 2-1 at Yakima before rebounding to defeat visiting Fuerza the following day. Last season Spokane defeated Seattle 9-1 at home and 4-0 on the west side with Sarah Cox scoring a goal in each game.
Spokane Shadow WFT Weekend Roster
Maia Angell - D - Hawaii Pacific University / Lewis & Clark HS #
Meaghan Bare - F - Idaho State University / Lake City HS
Kaelyn Barnes - F - Central Valley HS (Eastern Washington commit) #
Sarah Cox - F - Gonzaga University
Kelsey Crosby - M - University HS #
Morgan Crosby - M - University of Idaho / University HS #
Darby Doyle - M - Gonzaga Prep / (Western Washington commit) #
Maddie Haas - M - Lewiston HS (Univ of Idaho commit) #
Martha Heaps - D - Concordia University / Mead #
Samantha Heilman - F - Gonzaga University / Richland HS
Tianna Helm - M - Gonzaga University / Cashmere HS
Ashyn Juul - G - Northwest University / Mead HS #
Marissa Mykines - M - Univ of Illinois / Mead HS #
Mia Padon - D - Gonzag Prep HS (West Point commit) #
Tiara Pajimola - F - Whitworth University / Shadle Park HS #
Larkin Russell - M - Univ of Portland / Gonzaga Prep #
Melissa Symmes - D - Boise State University / Gonzaga Prep #
Hope Tsuneyoshi - D - Gonzaga University
# Shadow youth product
Other NWPL Weekend Games: Saturday - Twin City @ Olympic, Washington Timbers @ Yakima; Sunday - Fuerza @ WPSS
Saturday - Shadow 2 v Seattle Stars 6:30 pm - Whitworth University
Sunday - Shadow 2 v Oly Town Artesians 2:00 pm - Spokane Polo Grounds
Shadow 2 also play their first home games this weekend with a weekend double dip. The kick off the doubleheader Saturday at 4:00 versus a Stars side that is enjoying its best season to date with a 4-1-1 record that has them atop the table after never having finished better than sixth previously. Their four wins has already matched their team record for most wins in a season.
Spokane will see its oldest roster, on average, of the season take the field this Saturday as it seeks out its first win of the campaign as several previously injured and college players from the Men's First Team pool have become available. Leading the way are Gonzaga's Brayden Sullivan and Rudi McClellan along with Whitworth's Christian Haas and Zanskar Blair. Shadow 2 lost to the Stars 5-1 on the road a week ago.
On Sunday, the side will face league newcomer Oly Town Artesians at the Spokane Polo Grounds. The Artesians won the first meeting, 5-0, on May 21 and currently sit fifth in the league with a 2-2-1 record.
Shadow 2 Weekend Roster
Logan Coddington - Central Valley HS
Andrew Huffman - Mead HS
Alex Pells - Pacific University / Ferris HS
Ivan Adame - CC Spokane
Rudi McClellan - Humboldt State
Callan Martin - MSU-Billings / Ferris HS
Zach Mattson - University HS
Cole Dobson - University HS
Mario Bado - CC Spokane
Brayden Sullivan - Gonzaga University
Chase Reidt - CC Spokane / Central Valley HS
Landon Butler - Ferris HS
Jose Gonzalez - CC Spokane
Travis Swallow - Lake City HS
Zanskar Blair - Whitworth University
Christian Haas - Whitworth University / Lewiston HS
Javi Chavez - CC Spokane
Gabriel Di Natale - University of Great Falls
Brayden Tucker - Northwest Christian HS
Other EPLWA Weekend Games: Saturday - WPSS @ Yakima, Vancouver @ Olympic; Sunday - Bellingham @ WPSS
Saturday - Shadow MFT v FCM Portland 7:00 pm - Concordia University
Sunday - Shadow MFT v PDX 4:00 pm - Hare Field (Hillsboro, OR)
In an extremely tight division that has the top five separated by one point, the Shadow are looking to make a big impact with a two-game trip on the weekend. They face 2-2-0 FCM Portland for the first time in club history on Saturday and square off with 2-1-1 PDX FC on Sunday in a rematch of last week's scoreless stalemate in Spokane. Since their meeting, PDX lost at home to Kitsap SC, 2-1, on Thursday.
Returning to the squad for the Shadow First Team is goalkeeper Tony Watters, who will now compete with Bryan Hernandez for starting role. Hernandez has been impressive thus far for the team with just three goals allowed in four games. Watters is one of five Whitworth players on the trip.
Another new face is Gonzaga freshman Isaiah Jackson, joining fellow Bulldogs Denis Kalamar and Alec Cutter on the trip.
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 - M - CC Spokane / Henry Jackson HS
JD Hauenstein - M - MSU-Billings / Central Valley HS #
Bryan Hernandez - G - Humboldt State University
Isaiah Jackson - M - Gonzaga University
Denis Kalamar - M/F - 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
Jesse Retan - M - Whitworth University / Peninsula College / Cheney HS #
Colin Shockman - D - Whitworth University / Mead HS #
Tony Watters - G - Whitworth University
Drew Williams - F - Whitworth University / North Central HS #
Spencer Wolfe (C) - D - Whitworth University
# Shadow youth product
Other NPSL Weekend Games: Sunday - Pierce County @ Kitsap