SPOKANE, WA—(Shadow release)The Spokane Shadow took the lead twice Saturday at the Spokane Shadow Polo Grounds against NPSL NW Conference leader Crossfire Redmond, who tallied in the final minutes of each half to earn a 2-2 result.
The draw was the first point against Crossfire in three meetings for Spokane this season, but disappointing for the Shadow as they have been in each of the last two, suffering a 1-0 road defeat in the last match between the two.
The Shadow took the lead in the 21st minute when Jesse Retan connected with Mike Ramos for the opening goal and they appeared headed to the break with the lead when the visitors took advantage of the lone minute of stoppage time with a surprise tally from Joseph Parish.
In the second half the Shadow were reduced to 10 men in the 68th minute when Ty Lang received a second caution, but just four minutes later Chase Reidt scored off some hard work from Nick Hamer to put the hosts in front.
The visitors, though, spoiled the potential upset win for the shorthanded Shadow when James Burkholder finished a cross from Charles Ostrem in the 87th.
The Shadow return to NPSL action next week as part of a tripleheader of games at SFCC. Following the Shadow Women’s 2:00 match, the NPSL game will kick off at 5:00 versus OSA Seattle FC with the Shadow U23s following shortly after at approximately 7:30 versus Washington Premier in EPLWA action.
The Shadow are now 3-3-2 in the conference with 11 points and Crossfire has clinched the conference with PDX FC picking up their first win of the season tonight 2-1 against third place FCM Portland.
Spokane Shadow 2-2 Crossfire Redmond
SPO: Mike Ramos (Jesse Retan) 21
XF: Joseph Parish (Declan McGlynn) 45+
SPO: Chase Reidt (Nick Hamer) 72
XF: James Burkholder (Charles Ostrem) 87
Current NPSL NW Standings
Crossfire Redmond 7-1-1… 22 points
OSA Seattle FC 4-4-0… 12 points
Spokane Shadow 3-3-2… 11 points
FCM Portland 3-3-1… 10 points
PDX FC 1-7-0… 3 points