Spokane Shadow News Release - Friday, May 26, 2017
The inaugural season in the National Premier Soccer League continues for the Spokane Shadow Men's First Team with their second consecutive weekend on the road to open the campaign. The squad travels to face Pierce County at Bonney Lake HS at 7:15 on Saturday.
The Shadow opened the campaign last week with a pair of dramatic 1-1 draws on the road.
Facing the former PDL powerhouse Kitsap Pumas in the opener, Spokane found themselves trailing at the hour mark, but answered in the 71st when Jesse Retan, a Shadow youth product, struck on a ball from Kyle Morris.
The following night they faced an OSA FC side that were coming off the heels of an impressive US Open Cup run that included a first round win and a second round draw against a professional USL side (but penalty kick elimination). The two sides were deadlocked for a full 90 minutes before the hosts scored in the opening moments of stoppage time. Despite the difficult circumstances, Spokane worked their way down the field and within a minute of falling behind found an equalizer when Dana Kowachek scored on a cross from Jared Davis, who got behind the defense deep inside the box.
This week, the Shadow face a Pierce County side that comes into the match with 2-1 losses in both games against the two Oregon sides, falling at home to FCM Portland and away to PDX FC. Christian Giuffrida scored both goals for the side, both coming in the final 10 minutes of the contest.
Joining the squad on the road this weekend are a trio of Whitworth players. Veteran Shadow player David Starkovic returns to the lineup with Pirate standout Eric Espinoza joining the mix along with Lewiston product Christian Haas.
Saturday @ Pierce County (Bonney Lake HS) - 7:15
Spokane Shadow MFT Weekend Roster
Ivan Adame - D - CC Spokane
Alec Cutter - F - Gonzaga University / Ferris HS
Jared Davis - M - CC Spokane / Henry Jackson HS
Eric Espinoza - F - Whitworth University
Christian Haas - F - Whitworth University / Lewiston HS
Bryan Hernandez - G - Humboldt State University
Dana Kowacheck - D - MSU-Billings / Big Sky HS
Kelly Kyllo - D - CC Spokane / Lakeside HS
Rudi McClellan - D - Humboldt State University
Jackson Moore - M - Pacific Lutheran Univ / Lewis & Clark HS
Kyle Morris - D - Whitworth University
Chase Reidt - M - CC Spokane / Central Valley HS
Jesse Retan - M - Whitworth University / Peninsula College / Cheney HS
David Starkovic - M - Whitworth University
Spencer Wolfe (C) - D - Whitworth University
Sunday, June 4 is the NPSL Home Opener for the Shadow Men's First Team. Spokane will play host to current league leader PDX FC at Spokane Falls CC.