SPOKANE, WA—(Shadow release) The Spokane Shadow First Teams will take to the field for the final time this season when they play host to the South Sound Shock Saturday at Spokane Falls CC Stadium. The Women’s First Team kicks off at 4:00 against the only team to hand them a defeat, and will celebrate capturing the inaugural Northwest Premier League championship following the match. The Men’s First Team will begin at 6:30.
Shadow WFT vs South Sound Shock – 4:00
Even though they know the trophy awaits them following 90 minutes of action, plenty of the players on the squad are anxious to take the field once again against South Sound after the surprising defeat earlier this season in which the Shadow fell 2-1 on the road. The team is looking to make up for the disappointment felt at the final whistle in a game in which they had the better of play against a fresh Shock squad that had not played the day before as they had done in a 9-2 win at Olympic, but came up short courtesy of a penalty and nice long-distance effort by the hosts.
For Spokane, the loss was the only blemish in a season in which they won by a margin of two goals and scored at least three times in every other contest, posting five shutouts as well in the process, which ranks tied with Yakima for the second most in the league behind South Sound’s six. The team has won seven consecutive by an aggregate score of 41-4 to move to 10-1-0 going into the final game, boasting the top offense (by a 42-goal margin over Yakima’s 23) and the league’s second best defense (trailing South Sound by 3 goals at 10 allowed).
The 2016 NWPL Trophy
Megan Lindsay (16), Sarah Cox (13) and Tiara Pittman-Thomas (9) are the top three goal scorers in the league going into the finale.
After the loss to South Sound it looked like the final game of the season was going to decide everything as the Shock also went on a run with a 4-0-1 mark in their next five games, but a series of draws in their last three games knocked them out of contention as Spokane continued to post victories.
Shadow MFT vs South Sound Shock – 6:30
The two-time champions will have to settle for a top three finish in the third season of the Evergreen Premier League. The Men, 8-4-1, sit tied for second currently on points; however, Bellingham holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Shadow. The Hammers play Sunday.
Several players are among the league-leaders going into the final game of the season. After playing much of the season in the back line and scoring a handful of goals, Fernando Alvarez recently shifted to an attacking role and scored four last week on the road in a pair of wins. His 10 goals makes him just the fourth player in league history to hit double-digits in scoring and ranks as the fifth-best single season scoring tally, an impressive feat considering more than half were scored from while playing on the back line. He is currently second in the league in scoring behind all-time EPLWA leader Tyler Bjork, who has 12.
Goals in a Season – EPLWA
Tyler Bjork (Bellingham 2014) 13
Tyler Bjork (Seattle 2016) 12
Eleazar Galvan (Wenatchee 2015) 11
Mike Ramos (Spokane 2014) 11
Meanwhile, the shutout at Wenatchee last Sunday was the team’s fifth of the campaign, which leads the league (Vancouver has four), and the fourth for Tony Watters, who also leads the league in shutouts for the season.
Though Yakima has been the team’s historical nemesis, South Sound has been the Shadow’s competitive rival in EPLWA. The Shock finished second to the Shadow the past two seasons, but are locked into fourth at 6-6-1 heading into the final game Saturday having gone 2-2-1 in their last five games. The Shadow are unbeaten against South Sound at 3-0-2, posting a dramatic rally for a 3-2 victory on the road earlier this season in which they scored an equalizer in the 90th minute and winner in stoppage time to stun the hosts.
Looking Further Ahead
SSC Shadow plays host to the 24th Annual Northwest Cup youth soccer tournament. Over 110 teams from throughout the northwest have registered to take part in the event being held at Plantes Ferry Soccer Complex August 12-14.
SHADOW FIRST TEAMS PROJECTED WEEKEND ROSTER POOL*
Shadow Women’s First Team
Angell, Maia… Lewis & Clark HS
Barnes, Kaelyn… Central Valley HS
Cashman, Katie… Eastern Washington University
Coiner, Savannah… Clemson University
Cox, Sarah… Gonzaga University
Crosby, Morgan… University HS
Jordan, Allison… Eastern Oregon University / Central Valley HS
Lindsay, Megan… Seattle Pacific / Gonzaga Prep
Loehner, Jen… Whitworth University / University HS
Luu, Tasha… Eastern Washington Univ & CC Spokane / Colville HS
Morris, Jenna… Whitworth University
Mykines, Marissa… University of Illinois / Mead HS
Pittman-Thomas, Tiara… Washington State University / Mt Spokane HS
Prothe, Michaela… Ferris HS
Rubosky, Kasey… Gonzaga University / Lakeside HS
Stocker, McKenna… Concordia University / Central Valley HS
Swanson, Sarah… Gonzaga University
Tanner, Sienna… Whitworth University
Shadow Men’s First Team
Alvarez, Fernando… Northwest Nazarene University
Caliguire, Mark… Dominican University
Cimino, Alex… University of Charleston (WV)
Davis, Jared… CC Spokane
Duncan, Joel… Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Ferger, Dustin… Gonzaga University / East Valley HS
Hamer, Zach… Gonzaga University / Mead HS
Huffman, Andrew… Mead HS
Joy, Sam… University of Charleston (WV)
Kyllo, Kelly… CC Spokane / Lakeside HS
Mecier, Will… Concordia University
Mollay, Michael… Northwest Nazarene University
Mota, Anthony… University of Great Falls
Olson, Sam… Gonzaga University
Reidt, Chase… Central Valley HS
Retan, Jesse… Whitworth University / Cheney HS
Roselli, Chandler… Dominican University
Schimandle, Ian… Clark College
Tateishi, Kazuki… CC Spokane
Ulen, Brady… WWU & North Idaho College / Post Falls HS
Watters, Tony… Whitworth University
*Subject to change
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