SPOKANE SHADOW NEWS RELEASE -- Sunday, June 7, 2015
The defending Evergreen Premier League champions are starting to look like the team that took the title a year ago, going on the road and picking up four points this weekend with a scoreless draw Saturday against South Sound and a 3-0 victory Sunday morning against Olympic. The results improved the Shadow’s current record to 3-1-2, moving up the table to fourth with Wenatchee using a win over Bellingham Sunday to move up as well, reaching third.
The results on the road continue to be an impressive trademark for the team, which is now 8-0-2 all-time away from home in EPLWA. Both draws have come against South Sound.
“We stuck to what we've been working on. I am pleased with the guys and their performance to get points on the road - two shutouts on the weekend is real good,” coach Chad Brown said. “Two shutouts on the road is massive. A win and a draw - four points - is huge.”
Goalkeeper Tony Watters (Whitworth) made his first start for the team and posted the shutout for Spokane while South Sound picked up their third shutout with Chris Kintz getting his league-leading third clean sheet. Watters made a few key saves in the second half, denying a free kick chance from Daniel Gray in the 79th
The Shadow nearly grabbed a late victory with a chance in the 88th minute that forced Kintz to make a big save, tipping the ball off of and over the crossbar to preserve the scoreless draw at Harry Lang Field in Lakewood.
“I thought it was a good battle from us. South Sound is a good team; obviously some experience since they play together so much during the year,” Brown said. “They are together as a group so for us to go in and be a stronger team, a stronger unit - I pretty confident we were that. We created tons of chances in the second half, but were unfortunate not to get one. To go on the road and have half the guys traveling on the day of for a 1:00 game showed a lot of character, fight and desire.”
In the first-ever morning match in league history, the Shadow opened with a pair of first half goals in a game that kicked off at 9:30 am at Gordon Field in Bremerton.
Karl Muelheims took advantage of a misplay from goalkeeper David Meherg in the 25th, collecting a low goalkick that came right to him and proceeding to beat the lone remaining defender and toe-poking the ball inside the near post for the go-ahead goal. It was the first Shadow goal for Muelheims, who spent much of his time as reserve a year ago. Ten minutes later, a corner kick resulted the second goal when after several volleys across the area, it found its way to Chance Bukoski. The Hawaiian rose over a defender on the right side of the area and nodded it inside the far side netting of the goal.
Anthony Mota rounded out the scoring with a tally in the 83rd minute.
The Shadow dominated the contest, though Olympic shouted for a pair of penalties. Watters, who started again, only needed to make two saves before making way for third-string keeper Joe Scott with seven minutes remaining while the pair of opposing keepers, Meherg and halftime insert Ian Fry, made nine combined saves. Watters has yet to allow a goal in three appearances. He played the second half in the 8-2 win at Wenatchee in the season opener in addition to the nearly two complete games this weekend.
“It was very rewarding to get an opportunity to start this weekend,” said Watters. “We played a strong game defensively in front of me and I owe a lot to my defenders for making my job a lot easier.”
Coming Up – Home Game – June 13
The Shadow returns home for the first of two games on consecutive Saturdays. On June 13 the team plays host to South Sound in the second half of the season series. The evening is Referee Appreciation Night with area referees receiving free admission by showing their official patch.
Spokane Shadow 0 :: 0 South Sound
Spokane Shadow 3 :: 0 Olympic Force
SPO: Karl Muelheims 25
SPO: Chance Bukoski 35
SPO: Anthony Mota 83