Road Win, Draw Keep Shadow First Team Unbeaten

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


UPCOMING GAME:  First Team v Kitsap Pumas 3:00 on SWX... plus Shadow U23 v Yakima United 5:30 
Saturday, June 9 during Spokane Shadow Jamboree @ Spokane Shadow Complex​

The Spokane Shadow First Team visited Portland on the weekend for a pair of National Premier Soccer League contests and returned home with four more points and their unbeaten status intact. They edged PDX FC 1-0 Saturday and rallied for a 2-2 draw against FCM Portland the following day. 

Despite a dominant performance with numerous chances Saturday, the match was decided on a goal two minutes before the break from recent club youth product Jake Levine. The Northwest Nazarene striker nodded in a corner from Tanner Williams to give the Shadow the lead going into the second half. From there, the defense and goalkeeper Bryan Hernandez kept the hosts off the board despite missing captain Spencer Wolfe, who was unavailable for the trip. It was Hernandez' second consecutive clean sheet having blanked OSA FC on Wednesday night in Spokane. 

Spokane Shadow 1-0 PDX FC  
SPO: Jake Levine (Tanner Williams) 43
Shutout: Bryan Hernandez 

Spokane: Bryan Hernandez; Kyle Cacoyannis (Nate Tolton 60), Noah Chapleski, Jake Levine (Eric Espinoza 54), Erik Lyons, JD Michael, Mike Ramos (JD Hauenstein 87), Chase Reidt (Enzo Nalis 90), Jesse Retan (Rene Caro 80), Tanner Williams, Garrett Wilson -- Subs not used: Carter Auth, Luke Livingston, 
PDX: Jordan Baeza (Luke Ciocca 64), Victor Garcia (Dominique Bates 81), Sonimi Halliday (Reggie Ryes 90), Derek Johnson, Soukpafolo Ismael Kone (Johnny Rodas 45), Blake Leonetti, Tyler Luebbert (Paul Seydel 45), Gerson Mejia, Matthew Paine (Ryan Vincent 45), Stefan Wutte (Gregorio Mount 64), Jacob Young -- Subs not used: None

In their second outing, the Shadow found themselves trailing for just the second time this season and the first by two goals as the hosts tallied in the 30th and 50th minutes. Despite being down by two on the road in the second of two matches, the boys fought back in the final 20 minutes to earn a crucial point and keep the opposition from claiming the top spot in the Northwest. 

A double hit of the bar led to the first Shadow goal from Mike Ramos, who was there to finally knock it in after both Tanner Williams and Jesse Retan hit the woodwork in the 71st minute. Eleven minutes later Retan would play in Williams, who dinked the ball over the keeper for the equalizer with eight minutes remaining.

“Clawing our way back into the game today, and even having chances to win it, speaks to the mental strength and resilience of this group of young men," said Head Coach Mike Pellicio after the second game. "The players are tremendously motivated to improve their daily interactions with each other, on and off the field, and to make themselves better every day, and it certainly shows in our results at this point. The challenge now is to be even better in these areas and continue the progress and momentum in our upcoming run of home games."
The Shadow First Team is now 2-0-3 in the NPSL Northwest, sitting tied with FCM Portland (2-1-3) on nine points with one fewer game played. 

The Shadow now stay home for an extended stretch of five consecutive home games over the next three weekends, kicking off with Saturday's showdown with Kitsap Pumas at the Spokane Shadow Soccer Complex at 3:00 as part of the club's Shadow Jamboree featuring friendly games among all the club's youth teams. The match will be broadcast on SWX. 

Spokane Shadow 2-2 FCM Portland 
FCM: Fred Braun 30
FCM: Christian Thyron 50
SPO: Mike Ramos 71
SPO: Tanner Williams (Jesse Retan) 82 

Spokane: Carter Auth; Noah Chapleski, Eric Espinoza (Rene Caro 60), Jake Levine ( Chase Redit 43), Erik Lyons (Kyle Cacoyannis 54), JD Michael, Mike Ramos, Jesse Retan, Nate Tolton (JD Hauenstein 79), Tanner Williams, Garrett Wilson ( Luke Livingston 71, Enzo Nalis 89) -- Subs not used: Bryan Hernandez 
Portland: Jose Bautista (Jasper de Jonge 45), Fred Braun, Ryan Callahan, Scott Dalrymple, Steven Evans (Glapoujay Garmondeh 79), Anthony Hobbs, Cameron La Fleur, Ryan Middleton, Christian Thyron (Nick Evans 68), Geovanny Vazquez (Pierce Nusbaum 87), Alex White -- Subs not used: Leyton Thommasen, Jasem Jaihouni, Patrick Allred 

Also on the road for a pair of games against two of the most distant sides in the league, the Shadow U23s played well against Oly Town Artesians and Vancouver Victory only to end up with a pair of losses in Evergreen Premier League play where the scores were not reflective of the contest. 

In the opening game Saturday in Olympia, the Shadow held the better of the possesion in the first half and created numerous scoring opportunities, but the host Artesians were the ones that were able to take advantage at the other end with their handful of looks. Their first came on a lucky finish in the 23rd minute when a corner went in off the back of goalscorer Daniel Gonzalez. He then turned provider two minutes later on a goal from Khalil Bredeson and the Artesians held control from there, adding one more just before the break. The Shadow fought back in the second half, but the hosts took advantage of the three-goal lead. Hernandez would make a penalty kick save against JT Meyer in the 76th and Devin Hauenstein would convert a penalty in the 81st but a counter off a Shadow free kick in the final moments locked up the game. 

Much like the day before, the Shadow came out strong in the first half against Vancouver, but this time grabbed the lead in the early going with Jackson Moore finishing off a cross from Ian Bream in the 13th minute. The hosts, though, would tally on a nice goal with five minutes left in the half when Brandon Zambrano needled a well-paced shot through traffic into the corner of the goal. After Zambrano put the Victory in front five minutes into the second half Spokane answering on a corner with Bream rising to nod in the service from Devonte Gorman in the 55th. 

Two controversial goals then unraveled the game a bit. Vancouver went in front in the 63rd on a tally that game after a potential offside and a potential foul went uncalled on the play. Six minutes later they doubled the lead when the referee allowed advantage when a Shadow player was fouled at the top of their own box and the hosts would score immediately on a turnover seconds later. Despite tireless efforts from Gorman and Hauenstein on the offensive end, tired legs set in from the two game trip defensively as the hosts pulled away with it with two more before Gorman four Bryan Maxwell for the final goal just before the final whistle. 

The Shadow U23s are still tied atop the Columbia Division of EPLWA with Tri-Cities Alliance with six points. They face Yakima United next Saturday in the second match of the doubleheader at the Shadow Jamboree, kicking off at 5:30. 

Spokane Shadow 1-4 Oly Town Artesians
OLY: Daniel Gonzalez (Khalil Bredeson) 23
OLY: Khalil Bredeson (Daniel Gonzalez) 25
OLY: Daniel Gonzalez (Sebastian Lyons) 44
SPO: Devin Hauenstein (pen) 81
OLY: Christian Segovia 90 

Spokane: Luis Hernandez; Jake Zec, Cole Dobson, Callan Martin, Jackson Moore, Azzam Azzam, Ian Bream, Ivan Adame, Rudi McClellan, Devin Haueinstein, Devonte Gorman -- Available Subs: Jose Adame, Chase Howat, Bryan Maxwell, Alex Pells 
Oly Town: JJ Olson; Chrisanto Chavez, Marcos Borja, Scott Penner, JT Meyer, Kolby Johnson, Daniele Zaccagnini, Christian Segovia, Daniel Gonzalez, Khalil Bredeson, Collin Tate -- Available Subs: Jorge Villegas, Sebastian Lyons, Alex Gonzalez 

Spokane Shadow 3-6 Vancouver Victory
SPO: Jackson Moore (Ian Bream) 13
VAN: Brandon Zambrano 40
VAN: Brandon Zambrano 50
SPO: Ian Bream (Devonte Gorman) 55
VAN: Brandon Zambrano (Eddie Sanchez) 63
VAN: Bennett Lehrer 69
VAN: Tyson Fox 80
VAN: Own Goal - Jose Adame 88
SPO: Bryan Maxwell (Devonte Gorman) 

Spokane: Alex Pells; Callan Martin, Jackson Moore, Jose Adame, Azzam Azzam, Ian Bream, Ivan Adame, Rudi McClellan, Bryan Maxwell, Devin Hauenstein, DeVonte Gorman -- Available Subs: Chase Howat, Cole Dobson, Luis Hernandez [Jake Zec out due to concussion] 
Vancouver: Mario Gonzalez; Noah Gaines, Tyson Griffin, Oliver Tate, Nick Ballenger, Andrew Moreland, Reid Baez, Brandon Zambrano, Tyson Fox, Bennett Lehner, Eddie Sanchez -- Available Subs: Caesar Contreras, Brady Cooper, Bryan Gonzalez, Joey Kenney, Yohanes Susanto, Bailey Thompson, Javier Sanchez-Figueroa 

Shadow First Team Player Backgrounds: 
Bryan Hernandez - Humboldt University
Carter Auth - Gonzaga University
Kyle Cacoyannis - Whitworth University
Rene Caro - St Martins University
Noah Chapleski - Regis University
Eric Espinoza - Whitworth University
JD Hauenstein - MSU-Billings / Central Valley HS #
Jake Levine - Northwest Nazarene / Central Valley HS  #
Luke Livingston - Nebraska Wesleyan / Central Valley HS #
Erik Lyons - Saint Mary's College
JD Michael - Saint Mary's College
Enzo Nalis - Newman University
Mike Ramos - Whitworth / University HS #
Chase Reidt - CC Spokane / Central Valley HS #
Jesse Retan - Whitworth / Cheney HS #
Nathan Tolton - Gonzaga University
Tanner Williams - Evergreen St College / Sandpoint HS
Garrett Wilson - Gonzaga University
# Denotes Spokane SC youth product

Shadow U23 Player Backgrounds: 
Luis Hernandez - North Idaho College
Alex Pells - Whitworth University / Ferris HS #
Ivan Adame - CC Spokane / Providence Univ
Jose Adame - Utah St Univ Eastern / Providence Univ
Azzam Azzam - Whitworth University
Ian Bream - MSU-Billings 
Cole Dobson - University HS #
DeVonte Gorman - Whitworth / East Valley HS #
Devin Hauenstein - Central Valley HS #
Chase Howat - West Valley HS #
Callan Martin - MSU-Billings / Ferris HS #
Bryan Maxwell - Lewis & Clark HS #
Rudi McClellan - Humboldt State 
Jackson Moore - Pacific Lutheran / Lewis & Clark HS #
Jake Zec - Lipscomb University 
# Denotes Spokane SC youth product