Tripleheader Saturday at SFCC; WFT Hunts for Playoff Bye with Two Games on Weekend
Shadow News Release - Friday, July 7, 2017
It will be Super Soccer Saturday at Spokane Falls CC Stadium this weekend with all three of the First Teams sides in action. Highlighting the evening is the NPSL season finale for the Men's First Team (7:00 kickoff) and a contest impacting playoff positioning for the Women's First Team (4:30 kickoff), who are also in action at the Polo Grounds on Sunday (2:00 kickoff).
Weekend Shadow Schedule
Saturday - Shadow 2 v Yakima United @ SFCC, 2:00
Saturday - WFT v Yakima United @ SFCC, 4:30
Saturday - MFT v Pierce County @ SFCC, 7:00
Sunday - WFT v Fuerza FC @ Polo Grounds, 2:00
It is a huge weekend in Northwest Premier League action for the Shadow Women's First Team. Sitting in second with a two-point lead over Washington Timbers, the Shadow need two points in two games to secure at least a bye to the semifinal round and the opportunity to host a game. Meanwhile, the Timbers will travel to play Kent to face league-leading Seattle Stars, who the Shadow are chasing to earn home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Spokane would need a pair of wins and Seattle to lose or tie to repeat as the regular season champion.
Last week, the Shadow ladies rolled to a pair of 4-0 victories at the Polo Grounds. On Saturday against Twin City they controlled the action from the get-go with plenty of possession and numerous looks on goal, only to see many off the mark, including an effort from former Shadow youth product Callie Best (Gonzaga University) that rang off the left post in the 32nd minute.
Spokane, though, was able to finally break through just before halftime when Shadow youth standout Maddie Haas (Lewiston HS) delivered a perfect corner to the far post that defender and fellow youth star Katie Greene (Mead HS) knocked home in the 43rd minute.
The hosts wasted no time in the second half taking command of the match, getting a second tally less than a minute into the period with a great series of passes that finished with Shadow youth standout Riley Martinson (Deer Park HS) finding Samantha Heilman (Gonzaga U) for the close-range finish. Heilman was not done. She continued to be a threat up top for Spokane, including being in the midst of a flurry of chances off a corner at the goal line in the 50th. In the 81st, a throw-in received by Tiara Pajimola was played forward to Heilman, who beat a defender and charged the endline toward goal, drawing out the goalkeeper and dishing to yet another recent Shadow youth product Havana Johnson (Lake City HS) inside the six for an easy finish.
Less than two minutes later veteran leader Sarah Cox (Gonzaga U) capped the contest with a brilliant free kick from distance, launching a soaring ball in just under the bar from about 38 yards. It was vindication for the midfielder, who put a 25 yard effort from the run of play off the bar just 10 minutes earlier.
On Sunday, the scoring opened in the 24th when Callie Best (Gonzaga U / Lakeside HS) struck paydirt from the top of the left side of the box on a ball from Havana Johnson (Lake City HS). Twelve minutes later a throw-in at midfield doubled the lead. Katie Greene (Mead HS) launched the ball over a pair of players to the the deeper positioned Best, who turned to run with the ball in stead of receiving it there. She took the ball and drove to the endline and then toward goal, drawing out the keeper before she dished it into the six to Kaelyn Barnes (Central Valley HS), who finished for the second tally.
In the second half Greene created another score, this time taking the ball up the right side and launching a well-hit shot from the right flank of the box that forced a rebound from goalkeeper Morgan Mihelich that went directly to Kelsey Crosby (University HS) for an open goal finish in the 54th. Nine minutes later Bridget Rieken (Lake City HS) capped the scoring from the penalty spot after Riley Martinson (Deer Park HS) was fouled driving up the right edge of the box.
Spokane Shadow WFT Weekend Roster
Marissa Bankey - D - Central Valley HS #
Meaghan Bare - F - Idaho State University / Lake City HS
Kaelyn Barnes - F - Central Valley HS (Eastern Washington commit) #
Kelsey Crosby - M - University HS #
Morgan Crosby - M - University of Idaho / University HS #
Darby Doyle - M - Gonzaga Prep / (Western Washington commit) #
Tatem Fredrickson - D - Whitworth University
Katie Greene - D - Mead HS (Concordia commit) #
Maddie Haas - M - Lewiston HS (Univ of Idaho commit) #
Martha Heaps - D - Concordia University / Mead #
Havana Johnson - F - Lake City HS (McNeese State commit) #
Ashyn Juul - G - Northwest University / Mead HS #
Paige Malm - F - Lewis & Clark HS #
Riley Martinson - F - Deer Park HS (Embry-Riddle AU commit) #
Emmy Moore - D - Deer Park HS #
Marissa Mykines - M - Univ of Illinois / Mead HS #
Claire Neder - M - Mead HS (Seattle Pacific commit) #
Tiara Pajimola - D - Whitworth University / Shadle Park HS #
McKenna Stocker - D - Concordia Univ / Central Valley HS #
Hailey Tucker - M - Central Valley HS (Elon University commit) #
# Shadow youth product
In the final game of the night Saturday, the Men's First Team looks to finish off their inaugural season in the National Premier Soccer League on a high note when they face Pierce County at 7:00.
In their previous meeting the Shadow prevailed 2-1 on goals from the Whitworth duo of Eric Espinoza and Kyle Morris.
Depending on other results, the Shadow could finish fourth in the table with a victory, which would give them a 3-4-3 mark in a season that has featured a series of extremely tight contests. Six of the nine matches were ties or decided by one goal.
Spokane Shadow MFT Weekend Roster
Johny Cortez - F - CC Spokane / Moses Lake HS #
Eric Espinoza - M - Whitworth University
Christian Haas - M - Whitworth U / Lewiston HS #
Nick Hamer - M - Gonzaga University / Mead HS
JD Hauenstein - M - MSU-Billings / Central Valley HS #
Bryan Hernandez - G - Humboldt State University
Kelly Kyllo - D - CC Spokane / Lakeside HS #
Rudi McClellan - D - Humboldt State
Jackson Moore - M - Pacific Lutheran Univ / Lewis & Clark HS #
Kyle Morris - D - Whitworth University
Berrick Rastock - M - San Diego State University
Chase Reidt - CC Spokane / Central Valley HS #
Jesse Retan - Whitworth U / Peninsula College / Cheney HS #
Tyler Smith - M - University of Washington
Drew Williams - F - Whitworth University / North Central HS #
Spencer Wolfe - D - Whitworth University
# Shadow youth product
Kicking off the action on Saturday at 2:00 is a showdown with longtime rival Yakima United for Shadow 2. Both are battling to stay off the bottom of the table in the Evergreen Premier League going into the final weeks of the season.
Shadow 2 has done well of late with two wins in the last four games and an extremely close contest with defending league champion Vancouver last weekend. With three games left Spokane has an opportunity to reach the middle of the table depending on other results around the league.
Last Saturday, things got off to a rough start for Shadow 2 as a foul committed in the opening minute of play allowed Vancouver to grab the lead on a penalty converted by Stefan Wutte in the second minute.
The Shadow fought back looking for an equalizer with former youth product Christian Haas (Whitworth) leading the charge. Midway through the half he took a ball deep on the right and fired on goal, forcing a rebound that Brayden Sullivan narrowly put wide of the left post from the middle of the box. He did eventually find the back of the net, pulling the hosts even in the 39th on a fantastic effort from fellow Pirate Eric Espinoza. Espinoza took the ball at midfield and bolted forward, juking past one defender and as he drew several more to him nearing the top of the box, he fed the ball to his right where Haas collected it and fired home from about 23 yards inside the far left post.
Vancouver, though, were able to tally twice back-to-back midway through the second half with Moi Diaz finishing the ball off in the 65th and Nathaniel Cheney giving them a two-goal advantage in the 67th.
Espinoza and Haas, however, were not done and combined again in the 78th for Haas’ second of the match, giving the Shadow hopes of earning a point on the day. Though chances came, Spokane was unable to find the finish to do so, however, and suffered the loss.
Haas and Espinoza continued to dazzle on Sunday. After Jose Gonzalez (CC Spokane) scored 16 minutes in courtesy of Gabriel DiNatale (Univ of Great Falls) it became the Haas show. For the third time in two days, Espinoza set the former Lewiston HS player up for a score, pushing the lead to two in the 27th minute. In the second half Haas added to it. A punt from Bryan Hernandez found him in the 50th minute at midfield and he drove forward on the play, beating a defender and rounding the goalkeeper to finish into the empty net. He finished his hat-trick in the 84th on a ball from Chase Reidt (CC Spokane/Central Valley HS), giving him five for the weekend.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
#Seattle Stars 8-1-0... 24 pts
^Spokane Shadow 7-1-0... 21
^Washington Timbers 6-2-1... 19
^Fuerza FC 5-4-0... 15
^WPSS Shock 4-5-0... 12
Yakima United 3-5-1... 10
Olympic Force 2-5-2... 8
Twin City Union 2-6-1... 7
NCW Alliance 0-8-1… 1
^ Top six advance to playoffs / # Top two receive byes to semifinals
Other NWPL Weekend Games: Saturday - Twin City @ WPSS 1:00, Washington @ Seattle 4:00; Sunday - NCW @ Olympic 2:00
FCM Portland 6-3-0... 18 pts
Kitsap 5-1-2... 17
OSA FC 3-3-3... 12
PDX FC 3-4-1... 10
Spokane 2-4-3... 9
Pierce County 1-5-3... 6
Other NPSL Results/Games: Wednesday - Pierce County 2-2 OSA FC; Saturday - FCM Portland @ Kitsap 7:00, PDX FC @ OSA FC 7:15; Wednesday - PDX FC @ Kitsap 7:00
Seattle Stars 6-1-2... 20 pts
Vancouver Victory 5-2-2... 17
Bellingham United 5-2-2... 17
Oly Town Artesians 4-4-1... 13
WPSS Shock 4-3-0... 12
Olympic Force 3-4-2... 11
Yakima United 2-6-3... 9
Spokane Shadow 2-8-0... 6
Other EPLWA Weekend Games: Saturday - Olympic @ South Sound 3:30, Vancouver @ Seattle 6:00; Sunday - South Sound @ Bellingham 3:00, Oly Town @ Olympic 4:45