Saturday May 5, 2018
Spokane Shadow U23 saw its season opener end in disappointing fashion when visiting Tri-Cities Alliance found a game-winner in stoppage time Saturday night in its the opener of the fifth Evergreen Premier League season.
Despite having the better of play in the early going of the contest, Alliance grabbed the early lead 10 minutes in on a long effort from Lenin Guzman. Mike Ramos answered in the 28th minute though when he cut into the box and fired from about 16 yards out.
The Shadow had several great chances to jump in front over the next 10 minutes, including a penalty drawn by Nick Hamer and taken by Ramos that was saved by Antonio Gonzalez. Spokane returned to the spot, though, seven minutes later when Garrett Wilson was fouled, again by the keeper. This time Tanner Williams (pictured) converted for the lead.
Spokane continued to control the game until the later stages when Tri-Cities were fighting for an equalizer, which they found in the 80th on a strange, high looping shot from Bryan Vargas that caught Carter Auth wrong-footed, resulting in the ball falling over the line off his hands. Then in the early stages of four minutes of added time another low-driven shot from outside the box by Jason Rodriguez found its way through for the Alliance victory.
Tri-Cities Alliance 3-2 Spokane Shadow
TC: Lenin Guzman 10
SPO: Mike Ramos (Tanner Williams) 28
SPO: Tanner Williams (pen) 45+
TC: Bryan Vargas 80
TC: Jason Rodriguez 90+
Spokane - Starters: Carter Auth, Nick Hamer, Karl Muelheims, Mike Ramos, Berrick Rastok, Jesse Retan, Colin Shockman, Nate Tolton, Tanner Williams, Garrett Wilson, Spencer Wolfe... Available Subs: Rene Caro, Aidan Chaparro, Cole Dobson, Dustin Ferger, JD Hauenstein, Brayden Sullivan, Luis Hernandez
Tri-Cities - Starters: Antonio Gonzalez, Alex Sotelo, Bryan Vargas, Jason Rodriguez, Jose Irra, Lenin Guzman, Mario Guizar, Sam Borja, Ozzy Martinez, Vicente Flores, Ezequiel Angeles... Available Subs: Guillermo Silva, Ariel Gonzalez, Juan Martinez, Ramiro DeLaMora, Nito Lucatero, Uriel Arroyo, Israel Garcia