NPSL Update: Shadow surprise OSA FC in Spokane; FCM wins Portland derby debut

SPOKANE, WA— (Shadow release) The Spokane Shadow Men’s First Team picked up their second victory of the season with a fantastic debut performance at the Spokane Polo Grounds, downing visiting OSA FC 2-0 on goals from Gonzaga alumni Zack Hamer and Alec Cutter.

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Spokane Shadow celebrate a goal in NPSL action Wednesday night. (Shadow photo)

shadow-sc-500In their first meeting earlier in the season, the two sides appeared headed to a scoreless stalemate when host OSA FC scored in the final minute of regulation. The Shadow, though, stunned everyone as they quickly went down the field and answered with an equalizer in stoppage time to double the drama in the wild finish for a 1-1 draw.

NPSL Official Logo 2016Wednesday evening at the Polo Grounds saw similar last-minute action. A quick counter in the final minute of the first half went up the left side with Eric Espinoza (Whitworth) finding Zack Hamer. Hamer turned his defender to get through, allowing him to fire on goal from just inside the box for the opening tally.

In the second half goalkeeper Bryan Hernandez made key saves on a few OSA FC chances to keep the ledger blank for the visitors.

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Spokane surprised playoff contenders Seattle OSA FC at the Spokane Polo Grounds. (Shadow photo)

At the other end the Shadow had a few significant chances around the hour mark to expand the lead, but came up empty. Drew Williams got to the endline near the goal in the 59th and fed the ball inside to Chase Reidt at the top of the six, but the ball was knocked away for a corner. Moments later Williams had a look himself only to see it miss the mark.

As the clock was nearing the end of the contest, the Shadow struck again to clinch the contest in the 88th minute. Moments after entering the match Shadow youth product Johny Cortez (CC Spokane) found Cutter in the box on a quickly-developed chance. With space, Cutter picked his spot and finished from about 16 yards out.

FCM Portland 2-0 PDX FC

In the first-ever Portland NPSL derby match it was FCM Portland coming out on top 2-0 over PDX FC at Delta Park. FCM got goals from Cameron La Fleur (41st minute) and Noah Addie (88th minute) to take the match.

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