Force, Shock get first-ever EPLWA wins over Spokane Shadow

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PORT ORCHARD, WA— The Olympic Force (1-1-1) scored their first-ever win over the Spokane Shadow (0-1-0) on Saturday night at South Kitsap High School with a 2-0 triumph featuring goals in each half.

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Brodie Steigerwald provided pressure in the middle for the Force. (David Falk)

The Shadow organization had announced earlier in the day that their new structure would see them call the EPLWA team “Shadow 2,” with the club’s new NPSL side becoming their Men’s First Team. The Force welcomed this new Spokane with a complete performance. Shadow 2’s only shot on goal came in the 90th minute of play.

Match Photos: Force beat Shadow for first time

By that time Olympic had sealed a win thanks to a penalty kick conversion from Diego Aceves in the first half and a 79th minute goal by Bennett Bugbee off of a nice assist from Enrique Hidalgo.

In three previous seasons Olympic Force (+ WestSound FC) had gone 0-6-0 against Spokane and were outscored 20-3 over those matches.

Shadow 2 Head Coach Mike Pellicio made his Evergreen Premier League coaching debut in the loss.

Tyler Ohata got the shut out for the Force with dominant central defender play from Brodie Steigerwald. Force indoor season standout Enrique Hidalgo was a constant threat and pain in the Shadow’s side.

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Colin Ralston in the middle for the Force. (David Falk)

2017 Evergreen Premier League Table

Updated for matches played through May 14, 2017

CLUB PTS PLD W L T GF GA GD
WPSS SHOCK 6 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5
SEATTLE STARS 6 3 2 1 0 5 6 -1
BELLINGHAM UNITED 6 4 2 2 0 7 9 -2
OLYMPIC FORCE 4 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1
OLY TOWN ARTESIANS 4 3 1 1 1 3 4 -1
VANCOUVER VICTORY 3 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5
YAKIMA UNITED  2 4 0 2 2 4 8 -4
SPOKANE SHADOW 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 3 -3

PTS= points PLD= matches played W= wins L=losses T=ties GF=goals for GA=goals against GD=goal differential

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Shock get first-ever win over Spokane Shadow

PUYALLUP, WA— Washington Premier South Sound (2-0-0) got just one goal on Sunday after scoring five the previous week. That doesn’t matter to the Shock, who will gladly take their 1-0 win over Spokane Shadow 2 – WPSS FC’s first win over Spokane since the two sides helped found the EPLWA back in 2014.

In the 65th minute Brandon Madsen used an assist from team captain Micah Wenzel to get the Shock’s winner. Up to that point WPSS had the better scoring chances. Finally their efforts paid off.

The Shadow 2 (0-2-0) came west as a newly branded side and will return to Spokane with two losses, no goals, and knowing that previous Shadow streaks are perhaps ripe for falling. Just the day before the Olympic Force also got their first-ever win over Spokane, 2-0.

The Shock and Shadow have been top of the table battlers for three previous seasons. The matches have been close affairs. In their previous six matches Spokane had four wins and two draws. Each of the four wins were by a single goal.

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Back in 2015 Brandon Madsen helped the Shock win the USASA U23 national title. On Sunday in Puyallup his goal gave the club its first win ever over Spokane.
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