Monday, July 25, 2016
The Spokane Shadow Men's First Team dominated away from home in their final road trip of the 2016 Evergreen Premier League season, handing the eventual league champion Vancouver Victory their first loss of the campaign, 3-2, on Saturday and smashing Wenatchee FC 6-0 in the second match Sunday.
Shadow hand league-leading Vancouver first defeat
Facing the 9-0-2 Vancouver Victory, who needed just two points to clinch the league title, the Shadow played the role of spoilers on the night and prevented the potential champions from securing the championship on the same field as the reigning two-time Evergreen Premier League winners. With three goals from Fernando Alvarez (pictured), Spokane downed Vancouver 3-2 at the Harmony Soccer Complex.
Alvarez, who has spent the most of the season in defense, has moved up top for the past few games and used his scoring touch to help the Shadow attack. He tallied the opener in the 18th, and when the hosts answered from the penalty spot in the 41st he immediately answered via defender Brady Ulen.
Gonzaga player Christo Michaelson tied the contest back up for Vancouver in the 72nd, but a foul on an obvious goal scoring opportunity three minutes later resulted in the ejection of goalkeeper Marco Gonzalez and allowed Alvarez to convert from the spot to complete the hat-trick and give the Shadow the victory.
Spokane Shadow MFT 3 :: 2 Vancouver Victory
SPO: Fernando Alvarez (David Starkovich) 18
VAN: Erik Urzua (penalty) 41
SPO: Fernando Alvarez (Brady Ulen) 44
VAN: Christo Michaelson (Antonio Porrera) 72
SPO: Fernando Alvarez 75
Shadow MFT finish road slate with big win at Wenatchee
The Spokane Shadow Men’s First Team wrapped up their final road trip with a 6-0 victory against Wenatchee FC Sunday, giving them a 17-1-3 record away from home in the first three seasons of the Evergreen Premier League. Joel Duncan tallied a goal and two assists in the match while youth development player Chase Reidt provided a goal and assist.
Fernando Alvarez followed up his Saturday hat-trick with a fourth goal of the trip. His 10th goal makes him just the fourth player in league history to hit double-digits in scoring and ranks as the fifth-best single season scoring tally, an impressive feat considering more than half were scored from while playing on the back line. He is currently second in the league in scoring behind all-time EPLWA leader Tyler Bjork, who has 12.
Goals in a Season - EPLWA
Tyler Bjork (Bellingham 2014) 13
Tyler Bjork (Seattle 2016) 12
Eleazar Galvan (Wenatchee 2015) 11
Mike Ramos (Spokane 2014) 11
The shutout was the team's fifth of the campaign, which leads the league (Vancouver has four), and the fourth for Tony Watters, who also leads the league in shutouts for the season.
The Shadow MFT and Women’s First Team both wrap up their seasons next Saturday at Spokane Falls CC Stadium against South Sound. The WFT will be celebrating capturing the Inaugural Northwest Premier League Championship and looking to avenge their lone loss this season when they face the Shock at 4:00. The MFT will be playing for a chance to finish second in the league, depending on Bellingham’s result against visiting Seattle the following day.
The 6-0 result was the largest margin of victory in the league this season, surpassing the four-goal win by Olympic in a 6-2 home win against Bellingham. It is also only the third time this season a team has reached six goals. Yakima defeated Olympic 6-5 in the other match. It is also the second consecutive season in which the Shadow have won by six goals in Wenatchee, having defeated the Capitals in the 2015 season opener 8-2.
Spokane’s victory Sunday against the Capitals moved Spokane even with Bellingham, who lost 3-2 to South Sound Sunday, for second in the table at 25 points, but the Hammers swept the season series and hold the tiebreaker advantage. Bellingham’s loss clinched the EPLWA title for Vancouver Victory, who also went on to down host Olympic Force 3-2 later in the evening.
Spokane Shadow MFT 6 :: 0 Wenatchee FC
SPO: Joel Duncan (Kazuki Tateishi) 30
SPO: Fernando Alvarez (Joel Duncan) 36
SPO: Trevan Estrellado (Brady Ulen) 42
SPO: Michael Mollay (Chase Reidt) 63
SPO: Anthony Mota (Joel Duncan) 87
SPO: Chase Reidt (Kelly Kyllo) 90