Dozens of players from the Spokane Shadow / Sounders represented Eastern Washington and Idaho in Phoenix recently at the Region IV ODP Championships. Here is a quick round-up of the event with a few notes on players from the club.
Oregon took group B with a 2-1-0 record while Washington finished tied at 1-1-1 with Cal North in the group. Idaho, meanwhile, was 0-2-1 in Group C with the club's Conner Cary, Zach Mattson and Noah Schorzman helping lead them to a 1-1 draw against eventual champion Cal South in their opener. Oregon went on to top Nevada 2-1 in the semifinals and claim the regional crown with a 1-0 victory against Cal South.
The Washington side was the lone team from the northwest sides to reach the semifinals, finishing atop Group C with a 3-0-0 record against Nevada, Alaska and Colorado. The run, however, came to an end in a 3-1 loss to Arizona Red, which finished second in Group B to Cal South, whom they tied 0-0 in group play but lost to, 3-0, in the rematch for the championship. Group B was a tough draw for Eastern Washington and the Idaho teams, who finished third (1-2-0) and fourth (0-3-0) behind the eventual finalists, respectively. Oregon was 1-2-0 for last in Group A. Eastern Washington EPD won its opener, 5-0, against Idaho with Brayden Tucker scoring the two goals in the first half and Caden Martin tallying in the second half.
Washington was 2-0-1 for second in Group A and Idaho 2-1-0 for second in Group B, allowing Washington to advance to the semifinals in the wild card chase. Washington, though, was topped 2-1 by Arizona in the semifinals. Eastern Washington was third in Group C with a 1-1-1 record and Oregon third in Group A with a 1-2-0 mark. Gage Smith and Caiden Fickenscher both scored in a 4-0 win against Alaska in the opener and the squad went on to tie Cal North in the second, 1-1.
None of the sides from the northwest advanced from their groups. Oregon WC and Washington were both 2-0-1 in their respective groups while the other Oregon side was 2-1-0 and the duo of Eastern Washington and Idaho were 0-3-0.
Both Eastern Washington (1-1-1) and Montana (2-1-0) finished second in their groups, but with four groups they were left out of the semifinals. Oregon was 2-1-0 for third in its group while Idaho went 0-3-0. After a draw and a win in their first two games, Shadow player Cooper Loney prevented a shutout defeat in the final group game with a second half tally against Cal North in a 4-1 loss.
Washington won Group B with a 2-0-1 record that included a 0-0 draw with Idaho, which finished second at 1-0-2. Washington moved on to win in the semifinals, 1-0, against Utah before falling to Cal South, 3-1, in the final. Eastern Washington was 0-3-0 and Oregon 0-2-0 in group play. Frankie Schade scored the side's goal in a 3-1 loss to Alaska in their second match and Kaelyn Barnes tallied the game-winner in their consolation contest, a 3-1 win over Oregon. Kelsey Crosby scored the final goal for Idaho in a 7-1 win over Nevada in their final group game.
Eastern Washington advanced to the semifinals with a 2-1-0 record that was good for second in Group A, but were knocked out, 4-0, by eventual champion Cal South, who beat Group A winner Utah in the final. Camryn Gardner scored the opening goal of the second match in a 2-1 win over Cal North. She scored again in a 5-0 win over Alaska with Chloe Gellhaus and Olivia DeShazo also getting on the board. Washington was 1-1-1 and Idaho 0-3-0 in Group B behind Arizona.
Eastern Washington was second in Group A at 2-1-0, but were edged out by their west side counterparts, who were second at 2-0-1 in Group B behind Cal South, for the wild card. Dori Ames scored the opening goal in a 3-0 victory against Idaho in the second game. Yacine Bitibale and Grace Batkoff scored in a 5-0 win against Nevada in the final group game. Washington went on to edge Utah 1-0 in the semifinals before falling to Cal South in the championship, 3-1, in a rematch of the 1-1 group affair between the two. Idaho was third in Group A at 1-2-0 and Oregon went 0-3-0.
Washington swept Group C to reach the semifinals and blanked Cal North 2-0 in the elimination game. Cal South, however, took the title with a 2-0 result in the final. Eastern Washington was third at 1-2-0 in Group A while Idaho (0-2-1), Oregon (1-2-0) and Montana (0-3-0) finished last in their groups. Kyah Le and Emma Thielbahr scored the two goals in a 2-0 win over Montana in the consolation contest.
Eastern Washington finished second in Group B with a 1-1-1 record, but it was a four-group bracket, leaving them out of the semifinal picture. Oregon (1-2-0) finished third in Group A while Montana (0-2-1), Idaho (0-3-0) and Washington (1-1-1) finished bottom of their groups.