Saturday, June 11, 2016
The Spokane Shadow Men’s First Team bounced back from last Sunday’s defeat in fine fashion with a 3-1 Evergreen Premier League victory over the visiting Seattle Stars after the ladies cruised to a big 9-1 Northwest Premier League win in which Megan Lindsay netted four times and four others tallied.
Zach Hamer put the Shadow MFT on the board 70 seconds into the match, burying the rebound of a nicely-struck shot from Anthony Mota that was initially stopped. Spokane then controlled much of the play with several other close chances that skimmed outside the woodwork.
The visitors, however, got on the board to even things up when a corner landed in the box and bounced to Ramon Ramos, who one-timed it off the bounce with a nice volley from about 17 yards that nobody was able to get to.
The Shadow, though, wasted no time answering on a set piece of their own. Defender Fernando Alvarez stepped up to take a free kick from about 23 yards out and ripped a beautiful strike upper left corner to put Spokane back in front in the 65th.
Another free kick provided some insurance seven minutes later when Eric Espinoza’s ball from the left side was nodded down by Joel Duncan at the near post. It was short of the goal, but Jonny Cortez was right there on the door step to smack it home.
In the NWPL contest, a great combination play put the Shadow WFT in front early when Kasey Rubosky fed Russell Larkin, who in turn found Megan Lindsay for the go-ahead strike in the eighth minute. A Marissa Mykines corner doubled the lead in the 20th when Taryn Miller rose above everyone on the far post and headed the ball down in for the tally.
Sarah Cox made it a three-goal advantage in the 37th with a determined effort. After a ball from Jael Hagerott put her behind the defense, she charged to goal and stuck with it after her first two shots were stopped and came away with the goal.
A minute before the intermission Lindsay added her second at the goal line, putting a shot that Maia Angell had put on frame from wide left of the goal. She completed the hat-trick from the penalty spot in the 50th and five minutes later Tiara Pittman-Thomas got the first of two when she collected the ball in the left corner of the six and put it away at the near post on her second attempt after the first was blocked.
Seattle’s Angela Celedon was the first player to score a goal for a visiting NWPL team against the Shadow, tallying in the 74th to make it 6-1, but the Shadow fired right back at the other end. Two minutes later Russell juked around a defender at the top of the box and unleashed a nice shot from about 17 yards. Another two minutes later Lindsay added her fourth.
Pittman-Thomas capped things off in the 87th on a nice play from Ashlee Pedersen, who took the ball to the left endline before sending the low cross inside the six for the goal.
The Shadow has one more doubleheader left in the lengthy homestand. Next Saturday the WFT plays host to Fuerza FC at 4:00 pm and the MFT welcomes Bellingham United at 6:30 pm. Both games are at Spokane Falls CC Stadium. Following that doubleheader, the First Teams will be spending over a month on the road before their home and league finale July 30 at SFCC.
Spokane Shadow WFT 9 :: 1 Seattle Stars
SPO: Megan Lindsay (Larkin Russel) 8
SPO: Taryn Miller (Marissa Mykines) 20
SPO: Sarah Cox 37
SPO: Megan Lindsay (Maia Angell) 44
SPO: Megan Lindsay (penalty) 50
SPO: Tiara Pittman-Thomas 55
SEA: Angela Celedon 74
SPO: Russell Larkin (Sarah Cox) 76
SPO: Megan Lindsay (Jen Loehner) 78
SPO: Tiara Pittman-Thomas (Ashlee Pedersen) 87
Spokane Shadow MFT 3 :: 1 Seattle Stars
SPO: Zach Hamer 2
SEA: Ramon Ramos 57
SPO: Fernando Alvarez 65
SPO: Jonny Cortez (Joel Duncan) 72
OTHER SATURDAY RESULTS
Evergreen Premier League (home listed first)
Olympic Force 6 :: 2 Bellingham United
Yakima United 1 :: 2 South Sound Shock
The Shadow’s victory temporarily puts Spokane in first place in the EPLWA, one point ahead of the unbeaten Vancouver Victory who visit Bellingham United tomorrow afternoon. The victory also added distance between Spokane and the third-place Hammers, who lost at Olympic tonight.
Northwest Premier League
Olympic Force 0 :: 3 Fuerza FC
Yakima United 2 :: 3 South Sound Shock
Spokane remains in first place and nearly got a little help in creating some distance with the second-place South Sound Shock as Yakima nearly earned a draw, only to give up the deciding tally in the 90th minute for a 3-2 loss.