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Shadow Look to Earn First EPLWA Home Win

The Shadow will look to earn their first EPLWA win vs. WestSound FC on Saturday. The Shadow will look to earn their first EPLWA win vs. WestSound FC on Saturday.

by Spokane Shadow Media Relations

Unbeaten on the road in their last three games, the Shadow (2-2-1) return home Saturday night to play host to WestSound FC (currently 1-3-1) Saturday night at Spokane Falls CC Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 with family-friendly tailgating starting at 5:00. Kids wearing their Spokane Youth Sports Association soccer jersey will get in free to the game on SYSA Night Saturday.

The Shadow will be looking to post their first home victory by concluding a potential season sweep of the visitors, whom they defeated 3-0 two weeks ago for the Shadow’s first-ever victory in the Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA). On May 17 the Shadow went held a 1-0 lead after the first half courtesy of a goal from Adam Talley in the first half set up by Nick Hamer. In the second half Mike Ramos set up Elliot Fauske in the 66th and scored off a ball from Sam Engle in the 73rd.

Ramos, on the heels of the league’s first-ever hat-trick last week in a 3-2 road win at Wenatchee, is currently tied for the league lead in scoring with a pair of Yakima United players (Hector Valdovinos and Junior Garcia). He has five goals.

“Obviously they are a team that has gotten points off of Bellingham each time so we got to make sure that we are sharp and tuned in,” head coach Chad Brown said of this week’s opponent, who played the league-leaders to a draw last week. “I think training has gone well; we have progressed as a group over the course from the preseason to now. Guys are coming and training, and for the most part we’ve got our entire group here minus a couple guys that are still finishing school.”

“The training sessions are going well and decisions for me are becoming harder and harder because we have a pool with a lot of guys that are quality,” Brown said, noting that the quality has also made them enjoyable. “We are working towards obviously improving every day and focusing on the process. Hopefully we can pay attention to all the details and the little things and get things done.”

About the Opposition: WestSound FC

WestSound will be coming into the match having played the night before in Yakima. Since the Shadow won the first meeting, WestSound has played only once, surprising visiting Bellingham United again last Sunday with a 1-1 draw. All four of WestSound’s points in the table have come against league-leading Bellingham, who would otherwise be perfect on the year. A good outing by goalkeeper Jordan Hadden, who earned the shutout in the 1-0 win in the previous Bellingham meeting, kept WestSound in the scoreless game through 70 minutes before allowing Bellingham a go-ahead goal. But a netminding error at the other end allowed the hosts to tie it up late via Izzy De Luna.

The EPLWA side is the extension of the youth club by the same name. The team was first formed a year ago, playing a few friendlies. The majority of the players on the roster have played at Olympic College (NWAACC) with a few having experience at Pacific Lutheran (DIII) and MSU-Billings (DII).

After Saturday

The Spokane Shadow are on the road again for two weeks, travelling to Seattle June 7 and Bellingham June 15 before returning home to host South Sound on June 21. Game time for the next home game is 7:00.

Shadow Game Day Player Pool

Matt Bray… Whitworth University / Ferris HS

Keane Ellis… Gonzaga University

Sam Engle… Whitworth University

Trevan Estrellado… Cheney HS

Dustin Ferger… Gonzaga University / East Valley HS

Andrew Glaeser… No. Illinois Univ / Oregon State / Walla Walla HS

Nick Hamer… Gonzaga University / Mead HS

Aaron Jeffery… Gonzaga University

Graison Le… Gonzaga University / Coeur d’Alene HS

Devin Leon… CC Spokane

Karl Muelheims… Whitworth University / St George’s HS

Andrew Newman… Gonzaga University

Pete Peterson… Gonzaga University / Central Valley HS

Mike Ramos… Seattle University / University HS

Chris Rothrock… Whitworth University / Shadle Park HS

Sam Selisch… Whitworth University

Colin Shockman… Whitworth University / Mead HS

Adam Talley… North Idaho College / East Valley HS

Ben Thompson… Lewis & Clark HS

Juan Valderrama… University of Great Falls

Avery Washington… CC Spokane / Ferris HS

Jacob Weaver… Northwest University / Northwest Christian HS

Micah Weller… Cheney HS

Derek Zimmerman… St Mary’s / Tri-Cities Prep