Sunday, June 2, 2019
The Spokane Shadow Men's First Team dropped both contests away from home on the weekend, falling 2-0 to OSA FC Saturday and narrowly 1-0 to NPSL Northwest Conference leader Crossfire 1-0 Sunday. The team returns home Saturday, June 8 at SFCC to take on FCM Portland at 6:00.
On Saturday the hosts broke a deadlocked affair two minutes before the break when Brandon Gonzalez got on the board in the 43rd. Thirteen minutes into the second half Valerio Anastasi added some insurance for OSA Seattle and they kept the Shadow off the board to hold on for the victory.
Though Sunday's contest was another defeat, it was a reversal from last week's 5-3 meeting with Crossfire Redmond as the Shadow defense limited a side that had tallied 18 goals in their first five games to just one on the day. Stirling Russell's tally at the half-hour mark was the difference, but the work from Nick Hamer - who was unavailable last week - was a critical factor for Spokane.
"Nick had the most miles covered easily in the match, and stopped a dozen counter attacks himself while beginning the progression of the ball for us. It was an excellent game for him," said head coach Mike Pellicio.
The Men's First Team now closes out the campaign with four consecutive home games beginning with Saturday's contest versus second place FCM Portland, who they played to a scoreless draw on the road earlier this season.
The match marks the chase for the postseason as the defending NW Conference champions are only eight points back of Crossfire with four games remaining, but the race for second is even tighter as only three points separate Spokane from FCM Portland with OSA Seattle also in the mix two points in front of the Shadow.
The following week they play host to Crossfire at the Spokane Shadow Polo Grounds in a doubleheader with the Shadow U23s on Saturday. The regular season concludes with OSA Seattle June 22 at SFCC and PDX FC on a rare Friday night fixture June 28 at SFCC.
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Saturday - Spokane Shadow 0-2 OSA Seattle FC
OSA: Brandon Gonzalez 43
OSA: Valerio Anastasi 58
Spokane: Carter Auth; Davis Auth, Angel Flores, Ty Lang (Bryan Maxwell 59), Enzo Nalis (Ole Cloppenburg 82), Nick Hamer, Jesse Retan (Joel Samayoa 82), Tanner Williams (Chase Howat 58), Mike Rojas, Mike Ramos, Jake Levine (Hakeem Rabiu 45)
OSA: Mirko Barbero, Francesco Bazzano, Richard Bedats, Valerio Anastasi (Samuel Agyei 60), Brandon Gonzalez (Giovanni Ciocca Vasino 84), Cole Grimsby, Frederik Kleeman, John Magnus, Daniel Ribas, Vittorio Sasso (Yonatan Tesfasilase 66), Malte Thesenvitz (Million Teckie 89)
Sunday - Spokane Shadow 0-1 Crossfire Redmond
XF: Stirling Russell 30
Spokane: Peter Byrne; Davis Auth, Ole Cloppenburg, Ty Lang (Enzo Nalis 80), Bryan Maxwell, Nick Hamer, Jesse Retan, Mike Rojas, Tanner Williams, Mike Ramos, Hakeem Rabiu (Jake Levine 52)
Crossfire: Ethan Bartlow, James Burkholder, Lars Helleren, Colman French (Joseph Parish 71), Declan McGlynn, Charles Ostrem, Stirling Russell (Nikolas Reierson 60), Jaret Townsend, Hal Uderitz, Ed Weise