Unbeaten Shadow Sweep PDX FC; Clinch NPSL NW Title



After a thorough 4-1 victory Saturday night the Shadow Men's First Team completed a weekend sweep against PDX FC of Portland Sunday with a runaway 6-0 result that also locked up the regular season National Premier Soccer League Northwest Conference championship. The result gives Spokane hosting rights for the West Region's Quarterfinal First Round the weekend of July 7. 

And just like the night before, it was former Shadow youth product Karl Muelheims that was on fire. Despite a tough week with new night shifts as a nurse from midnight to 8:00 am the former Whitworth player added a hat-trick and an assist to bring his weekend tally to five goals and two assists. 

And he wasted no time. Nine minutes into the game he took a ball from former Whitworth teammate Spencer Wolfe and drove at the keeper, who stopped the initial attempt. The rebound though popped up and Muelheims nodded it over him and into the empty net. 

Three minutes after Tanner Williams sent a penalty over the bar Nick Hamer stepped to the spot for another penalty attempt, converting into the lower left for command of the match . Muelheims, though, was not done and finished from the center of the box to make it three a minute before the intermission. 

Another Whitworth product then got into the mix with Eric Espinoza tallying two. Muelheims fed him a through ball seven minutes into the second half and he put away a rebound from a saved Chase Reidt shot in the 73rd. He then turned provider, finding Muelheims to complete the hat-trick before Spokane shut things down and ran out the clock. 

The victory moved the Shadow to 6-0-4 in their second season in the league and clinched not only a playoff spot, but also the top seed in the Northwest as FCM Portland, who the Shadow hold the head-to-head tiebreaker against, is the only team that can also reach 22 points. The Shadow will host the second-place finisher from the Northwest, either FCM Portland or Kitsap, in the opening round of the West Region Quarterfinals. After the regional quarters points-per-game will determine hosts. 

The previous night Muelheims also opened the scoring, tallying in the 34th to get the ball rolling. Ten minutes later he delivered the ball to Mike Ramos, who found himself some space to fire on target to make it a two-goal advantage at the break. 

Just four minutes into the second half Jesse Retan found Muelheims with a cross into the middle of the box to make it a three goal lead. The visitors answered two minutes later, but it was all they could find in response. Nick Hamer capped the game by finishing off a service from Tanner Williams with eight minutes remaining. 

SATURDAY - PDX FC 1-4 Spokane Shadow 
SPO: Karl Muelheims (Nick Hamer) 34
SPO: Mike Ramos (Karl Muelheims) 44
SPO: Karl Muelheims (Jesse Retan) 49
PDX: Jacob Young (Reggie Reyes) 51
SPO: Nick Hamer (Tanner Williams) 82 

Spokane: Bryan Hernandez; Noah Chapleski, Erik Lyons, JD Michael, Garrett Wilson (Luke Livingston 87); Nick Hamer (Kyle Cacoyannis 84), Jesse Retan, Chase Reidt (Noah Whitman 60); Karl Muelheims (JD Hauenstein 73), Mike Ramos (Eric Espinoza 76), Tanner Williams - Subs Not Used: Carter Auth, Tyler Smith
PDX: Kienan Weekes; Jordan Baeza, Michael Hatch, Robert Hickson, Israel Vega (Sam Malloch 45), Jacob Young (Gregorio Mount 85), Gerson Mejia, Johnny Rodas, Derek Johnson, Reggie Reyes (Moises Diaz 60), Dominique Bates (Miguel Carrillo 76)

SUNDAY - PDX FC 0-6 Spokane Shadow 
SPO: Karl Muelheims (Spencer Wolfe) 9
SPO: Nick Hamer (pen) 42
SPO: Karl Muelheims (Jesse Retan) 44
SPO: Eric Espinoza (Karl Muelheims) 52
SPO: Eric Espinoza (Chase Reidt) 73
SPO: Karl Muelheims (Eric Espinoza) 78
Shutout: Carter Auth 

Spokane: Carter Auth; Noah Chapleski (Erik Lyons 58), JD Michael, Noah Whitman (Enzo Nalis 45), Spencer Wolfe; Jesse Retan, Kyle Cacoyannis (Chase Reidt 66), Eric Espinoza, Nick Hamer; Karl Muelheims, Tanner Williams (Garrett Wilson 45, JD Hauenstein 51) - Subs Not Used: Bryan Hernandez, Mike Ramos, Luke Livingston,  
PDX: Kienan Weekes; Jordan Baeza, Michael Hatch (Israel Vega 73), Robert Hickson, Sam Malloch, Jacob Young, Gerson Mejia (Reggie Reyes 16, Moises Diaz 45), Johnny Rodas, Gregorio Mount, Derek Johnson, Dominique Bates - Subs Not Used: Miguel Carillo

Other NPSL results 
Saturday: Kitsap Pumas 1-4 FCM Portland 

NPSL - Northwest Standings
Spokane Shadow 6-0-4... 22 points
FCM Portland 4-2-4... 16 pts
Kitsap Pumas 4-4-2... 14 pts
PDX FC  2-6-2... 8 pts
OSA FC 2-6-2... 8 pts


Shadow U23 - Evergreen Premier League - Saturday, June 23

Facing one of their toughest opponents of the EPLWA season, the Shadow U23 side found themselves behind on a pair of goals from Brandon Madsen in the 19th and 27th. They replied on a goal from Denis Kalamar, but were unable to find an equalizer before the visitors locked up the result with Madsen’s third with just over two minutes left to move to 5-1-0. The Shadow are still in the hunt for the automatic playoff spot from the Columbia Division. 

Washington Premier 3-1 Spokane Shadow U23
WP: Brandon Madsen (Danny Minniti) 19
WP: Brandon Madsen (Micah Wenzel, Kodai Lida) 27
SPO: Denis Kalamar (Enzo Nalis) 37
WP: Brandon Madsen (Kodai Lida) 88 

Spokane: Carter Auth; Luke Livingston, Colin Shockman, Matt Bray, Enzo Nalis; Ian Bream, Cade Roske, Azzam Azzam; Denis Kalamar, Drew Wiliams, Devin Hauenstein - Available Subs: Eddie Benito, Dustin Ferger, Rudi McClellan, Nate Tolton, Bryan Maxwell, Trevan Estrellado, Luis Hernandez 
Washington Premier: Carlos Rodrigues (Mike Arguello 45); Adrian Correa, Micah Wenzel, Eddie Brown, JJ Schmeck, Danny Minniti, Brandon Madsen, Stephen Murray, Alex Whiting, Kodai Lida, Logan Jones - Available Subs: Johnny Gibula, Tanner Allison, Conner Desmond, Rintaro Takagi, Daiki Nagata, Tresor Kadima 

Other EPLWA Columbia Division Results
Yakima United 1-1 Tri-Cities Alliance 

EPLWA - Columbia Division Standings
Tri-Cities Alliance  3-4-1… 10 points
Spokane Shadow  3-5-0… 9 pts
Yakima United  1-3-3… 6 pts