Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017
Spokane SC Shadow / Sounders is extremely proud of the success our former players are experiencing at the collegiate level. As most teams head into their conference campaigns now, there are quite a few players that are playing key roles for their programs, including a number of freshman.
Several of the big stories so far this college campaign are right here in the greater-Spokane area. Chief among them was last weekend's record setting moment out in Cheney where Eastern Washington University senior Chloe Williams broke the all-time career points mark for the Big Sky Conference (previously 88 points). Fittingly, her record-breaking tally came on an assist from longtime EWU and Shadow youth teammate Savannah Hoekstra. Williams has four goals and an assist on the year and Hoekstra a goal and two assists.
At Gonzaga the Bulldog women starring junior Callie Best are off to the best start in program history at 7-1-1, including their first win in 10 years against a ranked opponent in their last outing in which they topped Memphis (#23, Top Drawer Soccer) 3-2. Their only defeat was to EWU. Best has started all nine games and has scored three goals for the Zags.
Also off to a fantastic start are the Whitworth women, who have gone 3-1-0 and allowed just two goals at home since a season-opening trip to Chicago, including a their first opening weekend sweep in the Northwest Conference since 2012. Katie Bischoff, Annie Clark, Diana DeWald and Sydney Weiler - along with former Shadow coach Bryan Olson - have played key roles in the start, particularly on defense. All three, though, have also scored this season. In addition, Sienna Tanner has split time in goal thus far.
Further south in Pullman, the Cougars are are off to a 5-1-2 start that included a 0-0 draw against #19 Minnesota and a 1-0 win against #14 Nebraska. Junior midfielder Maegan O'Niell has been a key component, starting in all eight games, six of which have been shutouts. Their only loss came against Santa Clara when Shadow alum Kelsey Turnbow set up the game-winning goal for the Broncos. The freshman has started eight of the nine games and tallied two goals and two assists for the California school while Kelcie Hedge has started in all six of her appearances, tallying one assist.
In Montana, the UM Grizzlies are finding their stride, particularly on defense, behind the efforts of Taryn Miller and Ashlee Pedersen, and Carroll College is doing likewise thanks to Katie Anderson. The pair of Griz defenders have each played in nine of the Grizzlies' 10 games this season with Miller starting all nine of her appearances. She also has a goal and an assist for Montana, which has a stout defensive record thus far, allowing just three goals in the past few weeks as they played four Power-5 conference schools. Anderson, meanwhile, has started four of Carroll's six games as a freshman, helping lead the defense in its current four-game shutout win streak. She also contributed a goal in their win against local DII opponent MSU-Billings that started the run.
Having an excellent start a little further away from home is Havana Johnson. The freshman striker has been on fire for the McNeese State Cowgirls, tallying four goals and an assist in eight games for a 5-2-1 start.
Even More Alumni Notes...
Kasie Ames, Katie Greene, Martha Heaps, McKenna Stocker, Michaela Prothe - Concordia University: Ames and Greene have started all six games for the Cavaliers with Heaps (5) and Stocker (4) starting in all of the games they have played. Freshman Prothe has taken the pitch in all six as well. Stocker leads the Spokane contingent in points with one assist.
Whitney Weaver, Sharaya Roberts, Annie Shellerud, Ashlyn Juul - Northwest University: Weaver and Roberts have played in all eight games for the Eagles with Roberts starting all and Weaver six. Weaver has a goal and three assists on the season. Shellerud has seen action in three games and Juul started in goal for one match.
Darby Doyle & Malia Maack - Western Washington: Maack, a senior defender, has played in all five games for the reigning national champions and Doyle, a freshman, has also seen time in all five contests.
Drew Williams, Christian Haas, Devonte Gorman - Whitworth: Williams has started all seven games for the Pirates and is one of the leading scorers with three goals and an assist. Haas has played in all seven games and Gorman, a freshman, has seen action in three.
Natalie Cabiad & Hallie Vervair - MSU-Billings: The freshman duo has played in all six games for the Yellowjackets with Vervair starting all six and Cabiad starting twice.
Ashley Cook-Cox & Chloe Scholtz - Northwest Nazarene: Cook-Cox has started all six games for the Crusaders, tallying a goal and an assist. Scholtz has started two games in goal with a 1-1-0 record and just two goals allowed.
Ashtin & Riley Martinson - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ :: Reunited for one collegiate season, the sisters both have gotten on the board for the Eagles. Ashtin has scored twice and Riley scored her first collegiate goal in her last outing, which was her sixth start in seven games for the freshman.
Maia Angell - Hawaii-Pacific: The defender has played in three games, contributing for victories in all three for the 4-1-0 Sharks.
Matt Beaulaurier - Portland: The senior defender has played in two games for the Pilots, both shutout victories.
Zoe Boleneus - Saint Mary's: She has started four of the eight games for the Cardinals, posting a 3-1-0 record with only three goals allowed (0.84 GAA).
Bria Bowton - Redlands: The sophomore defender has started two of the four games she has played for the Bulldogs, who are 4-1 overall.
Dani Crawford - Hawaii: She has started all nine games for their 5-4-0 stars, tallying one assist.
Morgan Crosby - Idaho: The sophomore midfielder has started six of her nine appearances, scoring two goals and setting up three others for the Vandals.
Karlee Goehner - Central Washington: She has started five of the six matches for the Wildcats.
JD Hauenstein - MSU-Billings: The sophomore has started in all five of his appearances and has scored a goal in each of the last two games for the Yellowjackets.
Kelly Kyllo - Oregon Tech: The defender has started for all four of his appearances for the Owls in his first season after transferring from CC Spokane.
Jake Levine - Northwest Nazarene: Sidelined by an injury, he has only made one official appearance thus far for the Crusaders, though he was able to see some significant time in a hometown exhibition game versus Gonzaga.
Luke Livingston - Nebraska-Wesleyan: He has started in seven of the eight games, tallying a goal and two assists for the Wolves.
Michael McLeod - Pacific :: The sophomore has started all six games for the Boxers in their 4-2-0 start.
Jackson Moore - Pacific Lutheran: The conference's Freshman of the Year last season, the defender has started all seven games for the Lutes this season and has one goal while leading a defense that has allowed just six goals in seven games.
Claire Neder - Seattle Pacific: The freshman has started four of the team's five games this season and registered an assist for the Falcons.
Mia Padon - West Point Military Academy: The freshman defender has started in eight of the nine games for Army.
Caitlin Prothe - Sacramento State: The midfielder has started all nine games for the Hornets this season and has scored twice.
Larkin Russell - Portland: The sophomore midfielder has started all eight games in which she has played for the Pilots.
Ryann Rydeen - Minnesota State: The keeper has played in two of the five games for the 14th-ranked DII Mavericks, registering shutouts wins for both.
Sadie Schmeling - Pacific: The sophomore has played in all six games, starting two and tallying an assist.
Melissa Symmes - Boise State: Returning from a knee injury that forced a redshirt freshman season, she has played in three games thus far for the Broncos.
Ben Thompson - Redlands: The defender has started all seven games and has a goal for the Bulldogs, who are already 4-0 in conference play.
Hailey Tucker - Elon: The freshman midfielder has played in all six games for the Phoenix.
Camryn Wendlandt - Baylor: In her first season with the Bears, the sophomore transfer has a goal and assist in six appearances. She started the last two matches, a narrow 1-0 loss to Washington and a 4-1 win at SMU in which she scored.
Julia Adair, Sydney Clements, Grace Ellis, Shannon Frucci, Emma Hartwig, Alli Smetzer - CC Spokane Women: Adair started in three of the four games she has played in, tallying one assist and Clements, a defender, has started in four of her six appearances this season with three goals and two assists for the Bigfoot. Ellis has started six of the seven games she has played this season in defense. Frucci has struck for two goals in her seven appearances, starting in five. Hartwig has one goal in her five appearances for the Sasquatch and Smeltzer has started in three of her five appearances.
Chase Reidt - CC Spokane Men: The midfielder has started all six games he has appeared and has tallied a goal and two assists.
Katie Balauro, Harley Hendry, Gabrielle Nicodemus - Yakima Valley Women: Balauro has started all six games for the Yaks, registering a pair of goals. Hendry has started all six games at forward for the Yaks, tallying two goals and an assist. Nicodemus, meanwhile, has started all six games on defense, also tallying an assist.
Ashley Irvin - Green River CC: The forward has started all seven games, tallying one goal and one assist.
First Teams Only
Many of the players above have spent time with the Shadow First Teams over the past few seasons in addition to being alumni of the youth club. The following are some of the players from outside the club that have represented the Shadow First Teams.
Samantha Heilman, Tianna Helm, Hope Tsuneyoshi - Gonzaga: Helm and Tsuneyoshi have started all nine and eight games, respectively, that they have played in and Heilman has seen action in all nine matches. Heilman has one goal and Helm one assist.
Isaiah Jackson, Sam Olson, Connor Ourada & Nick Ulowetz - Gonzaga: Olson and Ulowetz have started every game with both registering one goal, though Ulowetz also has two assists. Ourada has started in all six he's played - with one assist - and Jackson has seen action in four.
Tatem Fredrickson & Jennifer Loehner - Whitworth: The defenders have led the Pirates to one of the best starts in years with Fredrickson starting in four of the six matches and Loehner all six.
Meaghan Bare - Idaho State: She has started six of eight matches and has scored one goal.
Sam Joy - Belhaven College: The junior has started four of the six matches thus far for the Blazers.
Megan Lowery - Mary: She has started all five games for the Marauders and has one goal.
Tyler Smith - Washington: The freshman has played in three games for the Huskies this season.
Dana Kowachek - MSU-Billings: He has one goal in his five starts for the Yellowjackets.
Dominic Welch - CC Spokane: The defender has started all seven games for the Sasquatch and has one assist.
Rudi McClellan & Bryan Hernandez - Humboldt: McClellan has played in four matches thus far.
Avinash Singh - Chaminade: Has played all of the Swords two matches this season.
Photos (L to R): Callie Best, Chloe Williams, Drew Williams / INWsoccernews