Saturday, July 22, 2017
The time has come. The Spokane Shadow Women's First Team begins the postseason and defense of their Northwest Premier League title Sunday with their semifinal showdown against third-seeded Washington Timbers. The match at the Spokane Polo Grounds kicks off at 5:00 pm.
The Shadow have only played Washington Timbers - a new entry to the league - one time previously, posting a 2-0 victory on the road. Havana Johnson scored twice in the first half to lead the ladies to the victory away from home on May 20 at the Harmony Sports Complex. Sarah Cox set up the first two minutes into the match and Martha Heaps connected with her on the second in the 27th. Ashlyn Juul recorded her lone shutout of the campaign to preserve the result.
It was the first of six appearances in goal for Juul, who will guide lead the defense in the semifinal contest Sunday. The lineup for the match is similar from recent games for the WFT, though it will potentially see the return of assistant coach Jael Hagerott on the pitch. The former Whitworth player and coach had a standout performance in the opening week of the campaign for the Shadow, but went on hiatus from playing in preparation to climb Mount Rainier, which she completed earlier this week.
Spokane Shadow WFT Semifinal Roster*
Meaghan Bare - F - Idaho State University / Lake City HS
Kaelyn Barnes - F - Central Valley HS (Eastern Washington commit) #
Katie Bischoff - M - Whitworth / Ferris HS #
Lexi Brown - D - Utah Valley University
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) #
Jael Hagerott - M - Whitworth / Mead HS
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 #
Tiara Pajimola - D - Whitworth University / Shadle Park HS #
# Shadow youth product / *Roster subject to change
The Washington Timbers come into the match with a 4-0 quarterfinal victory last week against visiting Yakima United. It took the hosts a while to break through, but a cracker of a goal did the deed as Jessie Ray turned on a throw-in and hit the upper corner. The second half was literally all Ellies. Ellie Boon set up Kaili Brundage two minutes in and then scored herself on a ball from Ellie Quercia at the hour mark. Quercia later found Ellie Schmid to cap the game.
During the season, the club's three losses all came against the other three semifinalists. After their 2-0 home loss to Spokane that put them at 2-2-0 early in the season, the Timbers ran off a five-game unbeaten run with a draw and four consecutive wins before falling 1-0 in their regular season finale to top seed Seattle Stars. With seven goals, Milla Benedetti was tied for second in the league in scoring with Fuerza's Karin Heisen and was two back of Yakima's Lauryn Peters.
Though they have played the Timbers just once, many of the Shadow's players from the summer, however, are familiar with some of the Timbers players as several players from both teams play at Concordia University. Incoming Cavalier freshman Katie Greene will be going up against a pair of future teammates this weekend. Though unavailable for the semifinal, the CU roster also features Shadow youth products and 2017 WFT players McKenna Stocker, Martha Heaps, Kasey Ames and Michaela Prothe.
The Timbers also feature a heavy influence from Clark College of the Northwest Athletic Conference. The Penguins were 11-0-1 in the NWAC's South division last season, but were knocked out of the playoffs by North Idaho College (East #2) in the quarterfinals. They were 9-0-3 the previous campaign before also being knocked out in the quarterfinals.
Washington Timbers Semifinal Roster
Kayla Beard - Clark College
Brenna Bogle - Oregon Tech / Clark College
Elizabeth Boon - University of Portland
Rachel Bowler - Seattle University
Ana Delgadillo - Concordia University
Liliana Delgadillo - MSU-Billings
Elizabeth Gregory - Northwest Christian University
Rebecca Harris - Concordia University
Rylee MacDonald - Clark College
Maddison Maffeo - Clark College
Marie Matthews - Columbia University (NY)
Madison Ochoa - Clark College
Jesse Ray - Seattle University
Mariah Roggow - Western Washington Univ / Oregon St
Ellie Schmid - Evergreen St / Clark College
Sydnee Smtih - Seattle Pacific University
Sarah Teubner - Clark College
Madison Topaum - Barlow HS
The winner of the semifinal will face either Seattle Stars or Fuerza FC on Saturday, July 29. A Shadow victory would see the ladies either travel to play the top-seeded Stars or play host to Fuerza FC at Spokane Falls CC Stadium. Seattle hosts Fuerza FC tonight at 6:30 pm at French Field in Kent.