Spokane SC Shadow / Sounders is extremely proud of the success our former players are experience at the collegiate level. As most teams near the completion of their regular season campaigns there are quite a few players that are playing key roles for their programs.
Here is a look at some of the highlight performances around the region and the nation.
Big Sky: Eagles Flying High
Chloe Williams and the Eastern Washington ladies are running the Big Sky with a 6-0-1 record that has them on the verge of clinching the right to host the conference tournament thanks to a four-point lead over Portland State, which they recently defeated 3-0 in a game in which Williams tied the career Big Sky goals record with her 39th tally. She now has seven goals and one assist on the season. Her longtime teammate Savannah Hoekstra also has a goal and three assists.
Also in the conference: Montana, behind the defensive efforts of Taryn Miller and Ashlee Pedersen, was also challenging for the Big Sky title and nearly got the better of the Eagles in their latest contest with just three shots on goal allowed, but a fluke own goal decided the match. The Griz have the lowest goals allowed total this season at 12 in seven games thanks to the efforts of the former Shadow players. Miller has started nearly every game at centerback for the Griz and has played the second most minutes on the squad. She's also provided a goal and assist. Caitlin Prothe's Sacramento State was the lone team to take points off the Eagles with a scoreless draw in the season opener. Since then the Hornets have struggled to find consistency in scoring, but the midfielder has contributed three goals and an assist out of their 11 goals in league play.
GNAC: Vikings and Cavaliers Ruling the Land
The reigning national champion Western Washington Vikings, featuring defender Malia Maack and midfielder Darby Doyle, are looking like a repeat may be possible, but they will have to look out for conference foe Concordia, which is right on their heels. At 8-0-0 the Vikings are at 36 consecutive wins, which ranks as the fourth longest streak in NCAA DII history. Their 37-game unbeaten streak is fifth longest. The defense has allowed just three goals all season and one in their eight conference games. Maack and Doyle have played in all eight, and have contributed in the scoring Doyle is fourth on the team with three goals in league play while Maack has contributed a team high four assists along with a goal.
The quartet of Kasey Ames (M), McKenna Stocker (D), Katie Greene (D) and Michaela Prothe (M) have Concordia keeping pace with the Vikings. Like the Vikings, the Cavaliers have allowed just one goal in conference play thanks to the effort of the foursome, who have played in nearly every game with Ames, Greene and Stocker starting nearly all as well. The Stocker and Ames also have a goal and an assist on the season. The two sides are slated to collide in the regular season finale October 28 in Bellingham.
That's not all that's been going on in the GNAC though. Seattle Pacific is not too far back of the leaders at 6-3-0 with midfielder Claire Neder starting six of seven games and contributing three assists in league play. On the men's side the duo of JD Hauenstein and Jake Levine are doing well at MSU-Billings and Northwest Nazarene, respectively. Hauenstein has three goals in conference play for the 3-4 Yellowjackets and after recovering from injury Levine is leading the newly-renamed Nighthawks in scoring with three goals and two assists in league play for 2-3-1 NNU.
NWC: Whitworth Women Moving Full Sail
The 8-1-1 Pirates are enjoying one of their best women's seasons in program history and were in first place until their first loss this past weekend allowed 9-2 Pacific Lutheran to slip by them. The Bucs have allowed just eight goals in 10 NWC games this season thanks in part to the defensive efforts of defenders Sydney Weiler and Diana DeWald, goalkeeper Sienna Tanner and midfielders Annie Clark and Katie Bischoff, the latter of which is also second on the team in conference goals with three - two of them game-winners.
The men's Whitworth side, meanwhile, has struggled through an aberrant season but are on a four-game win streak. Drew Williams has two goals and an assist in conference play for the Bucs. At the other end of the spectrum though is Jackson Moore, who is enjoying another fantastic campaign with Pacific Lutheran as a sophomore defender. The Lutes sit just off the top of the table at 6-2-1 and are tied for the fewest goals allowed at six in nine league games. He has started in four of his five NWC appearances and has an assist.
CCC: Eagles & Owls in Playoff Hunt
The 4-3 Northwest University Eagles are in the hunt for the postseason in the Cascade Conference courtesy of defender Sharaya Roberts and midfielder Whitney Weaver. They have both started all seven conference contests with Weaver contributing an assist and Roberts a goal. On the men's side defender Kelly Kyllo has been a force for 5-4-1 Oregon Tech. In addition to leading a defense that has allowed just 10 goals in as many conference games, Kyllo leads the team in CCC scoring with four goals and two assists.
NWAC: Bigfoot Playoff Bound
Following a 4-0 win over rival Walla Walla Wednesday evening, the CC Spokane men are on the verge of clinching the regular season NWAC East title. First to qualify for the playoffs, the 8-1-1 Bigfoot are being led in the midfield by Chase Reidt, who has started all nine games and has three goals and five assists in divisional play.
The ladies are also playoff bound yet again for the Sasquatch. Julia Adair and Sydney Clements are tied for third on the team in scoring with 11 points. Adair has three goals and five assists while Clements has four goals and three assists. Shannon Frucci (three goals, two assists), Emma Hartwig (2g, 1a) and Alli Schmeltzer (1g, 1a) have been key in midfield for CCS. Defender Grace Ellis recently tallied a goal in two consecutive games as well for the Bigfoot.
Though eliminated from the postseason due to a full handful of draws, it has been a good, competitive year for Yakima Valley thanks to the Shadow trio of Harley Hendry, Katie Balauro and Gabby Nicodemus. Hendry leads the team in scoring with five goals and two assists in divisional play and Balauro has two goals and two assists. Nicodemus has started all 12 games on the back line for the Yaks.
Shining Brightly Around the Nation...
Kelsey & Kelcie Show at Santa Clara
The Broncos are off to a great start in the West Coast Conference with a 3-1 record and freshman Kelsey Turnbow is leading the way offensively with three goals and two assists. Kelcie Hedge has started all four games for the California school.
Martinson Takes Flight at Embry-Riddle
The Aeronautical University is off to a 4-0 start and ranked 17th in the NAIA thanks, in part, to freshman Riley Martinson, who has started 12 of 13 games. She has scored five goals and has two assists for 12 points, which is third on the team.
Empty Slates for Rydeen in Minnesota
The 10-0-1 NSIC record does not describe just how close to perfect the nation's 13th-ranked DII Minnesota State-Mankato side is. The team has not allowed a single goal in any of the 11 matches with the lone blemish on their record a scoreless draw against fellow unbeaten Bemidji State. Sophomore Shadow alum Ryann Rydeen has been splitting appearances with a junior teammate and the pair have been unbeatable. Rydeen has five of the shutout performances, including the scoreless tie against Bemidji (currently 9-0-2) and an overtime affair against Minnesota-Duluth in the NSIC opener.
Dominating Defense in California
Defender Ben Thompson has started all 11 conference games for the University of Redlands, which are comfortably atop the SCIAC at 10-0-1 and have allowed just nine goals. Thompson has also scored one goal in league play.
Even More Alumni Notes...
Camryn Wendlandt - Baylor: Started all seven conference games and has a goal for the Bears, who are 4-2-1 in the Big 12.
Callie Best - Gonzaga: Has tallied a goal and two assists, starting all five WCC contests for the Bulldogs, who are still 7-1-1 overall at home despite a slow start in conference play.
Havana Johnson - McNeese State: The freshman striker has two goals for the Cowgirls, who are 7-1-0 and tied atop the Southland Conference.
Luke Livingston - Nebraska Wesleyan: In a three-way tie for second and three points back of the leader in the IIAC, the 4-3 Prairie Wolves have been led defensively by the Shadow alum, who also has a goal and two assists in his freshman campaign.
Mia Padon - West Point Military Academy: Though it has been a tough season for Army, the freshman defender recently started and helped lead team in a scoreless draw in a rivalry showdown against unbeaten Navy, snapping their eight-game win streak.
Congrats on great seasons thus far to the players above and we wish the best for the many more currently playing throughout the nation both on the field and off.