Shadow News Release - July 31, 2016
The Spokane Shadow Women’s First Team avenged their lone defeat of the season and handed South Sound its first loss of the year with a 2-1 victory on goals from two defenders, and the Shadow Men’s First Team copied the result with a 2-1 victory over the Shock in the second half of the doubleheader, giving them the opportunity to finish tied for second in the league.
Spokane Shadow WFT 2-1 South Sound Shock
In the midst of the intense heat at Spokane Falls CC Stadium, the Inaugural NWPL Champions needed nearly 40 minutes to break open the scoring against the Shock despite numerous chances and a Maia Angell shot off the post. A ball played across the box in the 39th was too high for Megan Lindsay to get to for the finish, but Angell came sprinting forward from her left back position to chase it down at the left touchline and fed it to Lindsay, who tracked back on the play. The league’s leading scorer then quickly found Angell cutting squarely toward the box and dished it right back to her for the finish from about 14 yards.
South Sound found a bit of fortune two minutes before the break when a long 45 yard free kick from Chelsie Still went off the outstretched hands of goalkeeper Sarah Swanson and up under the crossbar.
A Lindsay corner kick proved to be the decider midway through the second half. Her service from the right corner found defender Savannah Coiner (pictured) at the near post for the finish from close range.
Spokane finishes as the Inaugural Northwest Premier League with a 11-1-0 record while South Sound was second at 6-1-5.
SPO: Maia Angell (Megan Lindsay) 39
SS: Chelsie Still 43
SPO: Savannah Coiner (Megan Lindsay) 62
Spokane Shadow MFT 2-1 South Sound Shock
Jared Davis gave the Shadow the initial lead with a great individual effort, beating a defender and scoring in the 23rd minute, but the visitors, just as their female counterparts did, pulled even just before intermission. A long throw from JJ Schmeck found Joseph Cairel, who finished from the edge of the six.
Three minutes into the second half, however, Sam Joy ended a lengthy personal scoring drought to put the Shadow back on top, celebrating with a frenzy. Davis served the ball in to Brady Ulen, who was playing up top, Ulen then cut the ball back and fed it to Joy (pictured) for the finish from the penalty spot.
The victory moves the Shadow to 9-4-1 for the season and into a tie on points for second place with Bellingham at the conclusion of the weekend as the Hammers edged Seattle in their finale. The Hammers officially finish in second place via the head-to-head tiebreaker having swept the Shadow this season.
In other results, league champion Vancouver lost 5-1 at Yakima Saturday to finish their season 10-2-2, failing to match last year’s Shadow record of 11-1-2 and equaling Spokane’s inaugural championship season record of 10-2-2.
SPO: Jared Davis 23
SS: Joseph Cairel (JJ Schmeck) 44
SPO: Sam Joy (Brady Ulen) 48