At Lancaster, CA, site of the 2009 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships, the Shadow 89 Girls opened Monday, June 15th against Northern California. California scored first about 26 minutes into the first half. The Shadow came out much stronger in the second half, and Marissa Mykines scored within the first few minutes. The ladies rode this momentum and Jamie Etten scored off a pass from Averi Hallman eight minutes later. The final goal of the game was scored by Tiarra Pittman on an assist from Kristi Wirtz. The final score was a 3-1 win for Shadow.
On Tuesday, June 16th the girls played Idaho Xtreme. The final outcome was a telling 12-0 win for Shadow. Tiarra Pittman went on a scoring frenzy, starting the game out with an assist to Marissa Mykines, followed by five goals of her own (3 in the first half and two in the second.) Ceri Palk started the second half off with a goal in the first few seconds. Kaitlin Whitfield scored on a beautiful corner kick from Mykines about 15 minutes later. Mykines then made three goals in about six minutes. Her first was off an assist from Kristi Wirtz, followed by a sweet shot that the goalie made contact with, but was unable to save. Her final unassisted goal was made about 27 minutes into the second half. The girls’ final goal was knocked in by Aubrey Bot.
On Wednesday, June 17th the Shadow women played Rio New Mexico. Neither team scored in the first half. Fifteen minutes into the second half the girls were called for a hand ball in the box and New Mexico capitalized on a free kick. Four minutes later, Tiarra Pittman was pushed down just outside the box. Marissa Mykines drilled the free kick into the net. Shadow ended up tying New Mexico 1-1. Because of the point spread they took first place in their bracket.
On Friday, June 19th they played Oregon in the quarterfinals. About half way through the second half Jamie Etten won a 50/50 ball, beat a defender and played the ball to the left side of the box where Tiarra Pittman found an opening and made a great shot past the keeper. This ended up being the only goal of the game and the ladies walked away with a 1-0 victory.
In the semi-finals on Saturday, June 20th the Shadow women played the Utah Avalanche. Utah came out strong, playing fast and physical; they scored two goals in the first half. Shadow rallied at half time and came out strong. After a near goal on a corner kick, Stacey Hamer connected for a powerful shot on goal. With a score of 2-1, the girls created several more great opportunities; unfortunately Utah made two more goals. The ladies never quit, and were able to find the net one last time on a throw-in from Lauren Layton to Ali Fenter who headed the ball into the net with six minutes left in the game. The final score was 2-4 with Utah advancing to the finals.