Saturday, May 12, 2018
Spokane Shadow U23 snapped a four-game losing streak to Bellingham United with a resounding victory Saturday evening at Spokane Falls CC Stadium. Mike Ramos led the way with a goal and two assists as four different players tallied on the night.
Bellingham nearly got the first tally of the contest in the 16th minute when a misplayed ball in the box was jumped on by a lingering Hammer, but his quick shot was blocked by goalkeeper Luis Hernandez, who would go on to finish with a shutout in his first Shadow appearance.
The hosts would get on the board seven minutes later, though, when Mike Ramos delivered a cross from deep on the left side that found Chase Reidt inside the box for the close-range finish.
Ramos would tally in his second consecutive game two minutes from the break when he intercepted the ball as it was being passed between defenders inside the box. He immediately capitalized with a shot that goalkeeper Bryce Logan was unable to get to.
A long diagonal ball in the 62nd minute saw the ball switched from left to right, finding an opener Tanner Williams. After a few moves to beat a Bellingham defender, he fired a well-paced ball toward goal that Logan dropped on, but the ball squirted through and Eric Espinoza was there on the doorstep to bang it home.
Ramos helped put a stamp on the result with 10 minutes remaining when he played a role in a third goal on the night, connecting with Karl Muelheims, who placed his shot past the keeper from about 15 yards in the right side of the box. It gave Ramos two goals and two assists a pair of games into the season.
Bellingham United 0-4 Spokane Shadow U23
SPO: Chase Reidt (Mike Ramos) 23
SPO: Mike Ramos 43
SPO: Eric Espinoza 62
SPO: Karl Muelheims (Mike Ramos) 80
Shutout: Luis Hernandez
Spokane - Starters: Luis Hernandez; Enzo Nalis, Dustin Ferger, Nick Hamer, Mike Ramos, Kyle Cacoyannis, Chase Reidt, Jake Levine, Tanner Williams, Garrett Wilson, Spencer Wolfe... Available Subs: Alex Pells, Fernando Alvarez, Luke Livingston, JD Hauenstein, Karl Muelheims, Jesse Retan, Eric Espinoza
Bellingham - Starters: Bryce Logan; Dylan Langei, Olegario Orozco, Noe Betancourt Cruz, Dane Thurston, Cameron Miller, Ivan Colin, Tomas Alvarado, Jeffry Meier, Jasper Malamud, Francisco Medina... Available Subs: Nathan Sanders, Paul Cuevas, Santos Eduardo Perez, Hunter Montgomery