Shadow blank Wenatchee in must-win finale to capture inaugural Evergreen Premier League title
With Sound Sound winning 2-0 approximately an hour earlier in Vancouver, the Spokane Shadow kicked off the Evergreen Premier League’s final game of the season Sunday night at Spokane Falls CC Stadium needing a victory in order to claim the league’s inaugural championship. Two goals from Sam Engle and another from Mike Ramos pushed the Shadow to a 3-0 victory against Wenatchee United in the second half in a dominant performance start to finish, giving the team the opportunity to finally celebrate after a grueling title chase that never saw the Shadow take the field in first place the entire season.
Having started a week later than most and losing its first two games at home, the Shadow played catch-up for the full 2014 campaign, nabbing key draws and victories in the right places to keep the title within reach.
“I was pleased with the process. A little rough at the start with a shaky beginning, but I think we got all of our guys in and they were able to settle down so there was some consistency there,” said Shadow head coach Chad Brown. “It allowed me to be consistent with training and it allowed the guys to have some consistency which is always, in my opinion, huge in trying to win games and focus on getting better.”
As time went on the consistency and good run of form turned into an amazing streak that saw the club go unbeaten on the road and finish the year out with a 12-game unbeaten streak in which they allowed just six goals for a league-best 11 goals allowed tally for the year.
Club looks to avenge season-opening loss against league-leading Hammers
The Spokane Shadow take their five-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) to Bellingham Sunday to face a Hammers side that currently sits tied for first in the Evergreen Premier League. The game is at 3:00 pm at Civic Stadium.
The Shadow, undefeated on the road (3-0-1), are 4-2-1 at the halfway point of their EPLWA campaign while Bellingham is 5-3-1 nine games into their season. Sitting in fourth on 13 points, Spokane is only three points back of the Hammers and South Sound (5-0-1).
Club takes four-game unbeaten run to face one-win Stars
Undefeated on the road through three games, the Shadow head to Tukwila Saturday to face the Seattle Stars for the first time this season Saturday at 5:00 pm at the Starfire Sports Complex.
As the seventh game of the season for the 3-2-1 Shadow, the match marks the completion of the first half of the Shadow’s debut campaign in the newly-formed Evergreen Premier League. It will only be the sixth game of the year for the Seattle Stars, who go into the match 1-3-1.
Hamer nets winner in second half to give Shadow sweep of Bremerton club
Frustrated most of the night by a WestSound side that took points off league-leading Bellingham twice, the Shadow finally broke through in the 67th minute of the contest at Spokane Falls CC Saturday evening when Graison Le found Nick Hamer for what stood as the winning tally in front of 623 fans for the 1-0 win.
The winning goal was created when Mike Ramos (Seattle U/University HS) slipped the balled to Le (Gonzaga U/Coeur d’Alene HS) in the left corner. Past his defender, the nifty little midfielder fired a los ball to the front of the six where Nick Hamer (Gonzaga U/Mead HS) slid in to knock it past the onrushing goalkeeper Jordan Hadden.
Shadow Men look to record season sweep of Bremerton club on SYSA Night
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.
Striker nets first-ever hat-trick in Evergreen Premier League
Spokane native Mike Ramos scored twice in the first half and completed the Evergreen Premier League’s first-ever hat-trick early in the second half to guide the Spokane Shadow to a 3-2 victory on the road Saturday evening versus Wenatchee United at the Apple Bowl. The result maintained the club’s unbeaten road status (2-0-1) and pushed its undefeated run to three games going into their next home contest next Saturday, May 31 at Spokane Falls CC Stadium.
The University High School product netted the opening goal just seven minutes into the contest via a penalty following a Wenatchee handball in the box, and doubled the advantage just after the half-hour mark on a ball from Dustin Ferger (Gonzaga U / East Valley HS).
Late Hamer goal gives Spokane four points on two-game road trip
Facing the 3-0-0 South Sound Shock, the Spokane Shadow came away with a 1-1 draw Sunday afternoon in Tacoma, Wash. at Harry Lang Stadium courtesy of a tap-in goal from Nick Hamer with six minutes remaining.
The home side took the initial lead in the 30th minute of the contest when Micah Wenzel found Danny Minetti on the left side. Minetti curled his shot across the goal and into the far corner from a sharp angle about 15 yards out.
In the 84th minute the Shadow took advantage of the wet conditions created by a downpour in the final 20 minutes of the first half on the equalizing effort. South Sound goalkeeper Chris Kintz bobbled the ball in the box, allowing Hamer to poke it into the left corner of the goal from just a few feet out.
Ramos nets goal and assist; road trip continues at South Sound on Sunday
The Spokane Shadow posted their first Evergreen Premier League victory Saturday night, earning a 3-0 victory on the road in Bremerton, Wash. against WestSound FC at Silverdale Stadium. Adam Talley, Elliot Fauske and Mike Ramos provided the goals.
In a dominant performance on the night, the first goal would not come until a turnover in the 34th minute for the Shadow, who outshot WestSound 9-4 in the first half. After gaining possession on the turnover, Nick Hamer delivered a quick through ball on the left side of box, finding Adam Talley for the lone goal of the period.
Club looks to continue positive results on the road; announces SYSA Night for next home game Saturday, May 31
After picking up four points away from home last week with a win and a draw, the Spokane Shadow hit road once again Saturday looking to continue their successful road form over the holiday weekend as they visit Wenatchee United Saturday evening at 6:00 at the Apple Bowl.
The majority of the squad from last week is unchanged going into the trip to Central Washington. Recovered from injury, Gonzaga’s Graison Le could be making his first appearance. Also new to game day pool are goalkeeper Andrew Glaeser, Lewis & Clark’s Ben Thompson and veteran player Avery Washington, who joins Elliot Fauske as the second player from the former PDL Shadow to join the team.
Club will debut new red kit Saturday vs WestSound; face league-leading South Sound Sunday
The Spokane Shadow depart for their first road trip in the debut Evergreen Premier League campaign, visiting WestSound FC in Bremerton on Saturday evening at Silverdale Stadium (6:00 pm) and South Sound FC on Sunday afternoon (2:00 pm) at Harry Lang Stadium in Tacoma.
The Shadow roster will again feature some new faces potentially making their first appearances with the team. On the list of 20 that have not played thus far are Karl Muelheims, Chris Rothrock, Colin Shockman, and Juan Valderrama along with a pair of Seattle-based guest players that will join the team on the west side. All three Shadow goal scorers - Nick Hamer, Mikey Ramos and Devin Leon - are among the players heading to the Puget Sound for the weekend.
On Saturday, the team will debut the club's new Nike red uniform. It wore the navy design, which will be used Sunday, for the first two home contests this season.
Early two-goal lead not enough as visitors find winner in 90th minute
Devin Leon and Mikey Ramos put the host Spokane Shadow up by two in the first half-hour of the contest, but two goals in the next 10 minutes pulled visiting Yakima, the club’s historic foe, even as they eventually came away with the road win on a 90th minute dagger from Junior Garcia at Spokane Falls CC Stadium in front of 417.
Seven minutes into the contest Devin Leon (CC Spokane) scored on his collegiate home turf, striking a 19-yard effort from the middle of the pitch that slightly deflected off of a Yakima defender and into the goal. Mikey Ramos made a fantastic play in the 26th minute to push the lead to two. He collected a loose ball on the left side of the box and drove squarely across the area, dancing around a couple of defenders before letting loose from about 14 yards.
Shadow win off the field, come up short on it in EPLWA Opener
In front of a boisterous group of over 700 fans, the Spokane Shadow took to the field for the first time since 2005 Saturday evening and put on a great show only to suffer a 2-1 defeat at the hands of visiting Bellingham United at the newly-renovated Spokane Falls Stadium.
The hosts jumped to the lead in the early going when a fantastic counter was finished nicely by 2013 WCC Player of the Year Nick Hamer, a graduating senior at Gonzaga. Seattle University striker and U-High product Mikey Ramos was streaking up the middle in the 11th minute when he spotted Hamer to his right. The Mead grad beat his defender and then proceeded to put the ball past the onrushing keeper from about eight yards out, sending the crowd into a frenzy.
Shadow 18 set to face rival Yakima Saturday at SFCC
Navy is theme for Saturday as long-time foe Yakima comes to town
The Spokane Shadow announced the official 18-player game day roster Friday in advance of the team’s Evergreen Premier League contest Saturday evening at the newly-renovated Spokane Falls CC Stadium against Yakima United. Game time is set for 7:00 pm. Fans are encouraged to wear navy in contrast to Yakima's traditional red, and arrive early for a family-friendly tailgate.
A number of players join the mix for the second game of the season, including the contingent of underclassmen from Whitworth University that have since completed their spring programs. Area standouts Cody Lang and Derrick Gonzales return home from Seattle Pacific and St Martin's and are joined by Tri-Cities product Derek Zimmerman.
Shadow unveil Game Day Roster for EPLWA Opener Saturday
Trio of graduating Gonzaga University seniors among newly-announced players joining the squad
The Spokane Shadow announced the official 18-player game day roster Friday in advance of the team’s Season Opener in the Evergreen Premier League Saturday evening at the newly-renovated Spokane Falls CC Stadium. Game time is set for 7:00 pm.
Newly-announced players among the list are the graduating trio out of Gonzaga led by Spokane’s Nicholas Hamer (Mead HS), who was honored as the WCC Player of the Year this past season for the Zags, who were nationally-ranked in the Top 25 for much of the season. He is joined by Greg Carter and Josh Phillips. The three bring the Bulldog contingent on the squad to nine, including the five underclassmen (as per NCAA rules) and former Zag Pete Peterson, who has returned to Spokane.
Shadow prepare for Opener Saturday; announce additional players
Bulk of player pool announced includes area college talent from Whitworth, CC Spokane, NIC
The Spokane Shadow announced a large contingent of its player pool Wednesday in preparation for the team’s Season Opener in the Evergreen Premier League Saturday evening at the newly-renovated Spokane Falls CC Stadium. Game time is set for 7:00 pm. The group, which includes several area high school standouts, joins the previously announced duo of Elliot Fauske and Kevin Forrest as well as the five from Gonzaga University.
Former Shadow, Mead HS product returns home after breakout season with Rochester Lancers
Known around the professional indoor circuit for his outlandish Mohawk, Spokane native Elliot Fauske will return home this summer during the Rochester Lancers’ offseason and join the Shadow for their debut Evergreen Premier League season the club announced.
The Mead graduate began his career with the Shadow in 1999 as one of the club’s U19 Development Players at age 17 during his junior year. He played for the club four more seasons (2000, 02-03, 05) before joining the Yakima Reds in 2006. He also played for the Cascade Surge in 2004. He completed his Shadow career with six goals and a pair of assists over the course of five seasons. As a youth player, he played for SSC Falcons, which has since joined with the Shadow.
Return of Shadow menís team begins with two home games in early May
The Spokane Shadow, in conjunction with the newly-created Evergreen Premier League’s disclosure of the full league schedule, unveiled the team’s 2014 schedule Sunday evening, announcing that the team will open their inaugural campaign with a pair of home games versus Bellingham and Yakima.
Shadow announce Re-Launch Party, Meet the Coach event at The Boiler Room
EPLWA side to gather with fans Sunday, April 27 at new Five Mile restaurant
The Spokane Shadow announced that they are holding a special Re-Launch Party this Sunday, April 27 at the Boiler Room (Craft Pizza & Swill) located in Five Mile from 3:30-5:30 pm. In addition to celebrating the return of the men’s team, the event will feature a Meet the Coach opportunity in which fans will be able to talk to head coach Chad Brown.
In control of destiny, Spokane hosts Seattle Saturday, Wenatchee Sunday at Spokane Falls CC -- FILL THE FALLS!!
It all comes down to the final week for the Evergreen Premier League championship as the Spokane Shadow, unbeaten in their last 10, are in the driver’s seat going into the final weekend of play. The Shadow play host to the Seattle Stars Saturday at 7:00 pm and then take on visiting Wenatchee United the following night at 5:00 pm. Both games will be at Spokane Falls CC Stadium with gates opening an hour before kickoff.
The championship scenario is fairly simple for the Shadow, who lead the league by one point with two games remaining with South Sound (two games remaining) and Vancouver Victory (one game left) hoping for some help. The Shadow claim the title with two wins, but can clinch the championship as early as Saturday with South Sound playing on the road versus former contender Bellingham Friday night. The two second-place clubs then also square off on Sunday afternoon in Vancouver at 2:00 pm.
Spokane finishes road record unbeaten; EPLWA title up for grabs in final two home games next weekend
Since opening the season with a pair of narrow home losses, the Spokane Shadow have literally been unbeatable in the Evergreen Premier League. They extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games Friday evening with a 1-0 victory against rival Yakima, wrapping up the road portion of their campaign with an impressive 6-0-1 away record. Adam Talley of North Idaho College and East Valley High School provided the dramatic winner in the 90th minute of the contest, moving the Shadow – who control their destiny - into first place in the EPLWA for the first time this season with two home games left July 19 and 20.
"Mike (Ramos) crossed a great ball. I couldn't have done it without him and the hard work of the team," Talley (pictured) said after the game of his second goal of the year. "The game was very hot and it was a tough battle. Just glad to get the points and be undefeated on the road."
Spokane controls own destiny with South Sound falling 2-0 to Seattle, but coach Chad Brown focused on Friday in Yakima
With one road game remaining in Yakima Friday night, the Shadow remain unbeaten on the road in their debut Evergreen Premier League season and are now undefeated in nine consecutive after a 2-1 win on the road against the co-league leading Vancouver Victory Thursday evening. The result was also accompanied by the other co-leaders South Sound falling 2-0 at home to the Seattle Stars Thursday night, leaving the Shadow as the team with the highest remaining potential point total with just over a week left in the season.
A pair of nice goals propelled the Shadow to the win with Derek Zimmerman (St Mary’s / Tri-Cities Prep) scoring in the 57th minute and Mike Ramos (Seattle U / University HS) doubling the lead in the 66th. Juan Valderrama (U of Great Falls) and Aaron Jeffery (Gonzaga U) set up the two goals, respectively.
Spokane Shadow announce Nike as Official Equipment Brand
Shadow EPLWA side to be first to wear clubís new uniforms supplied by Nike
The Spokane Shadow announced Nike Soccer as the official equipment brand. The manufacturer will provide the official game balls and field equipment for the 2014 EPLWA home games for the Shadow. The men’s side will also be the first to play in the new uniform design selected by the club, which will be phased in over the next two years within the youth teams.
Shadow to play debut EPLWA season at newly-renovated Spokane Falls CC
Original home to Shadow in 1995 will be home to team again during re-launch; Club also announces minor schedule changes
The Spokane Shadow announced Monday that the re-launched men’s team will be playing at the newly-renovated Spokane Falls Community College stadium for the inaugural season of the Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA). As previously announced, the seven-game home schedule will feature five Saturday night contests and Sunday fixtures.
“We had a couple of options for a home venue, but in the end it is probably fitting that we are playing at SFCC considering it was the original home of the team for its first two seasons of existence,” said Spokane Shadow General Manager. “I think the fans will have a great time at SFCC as it provides an intimate setting amidst one of the greatest soccer stadium views in the Northwest.”
Spokane faces second-place Vancouver tonight, rival Yakima Friday; Youth head to Crossfire Challenge
It is busy couple weeks for the Spokane SC Shadow from the First Team all the way down to its U11 sides as they travel throughout the state for competition. The Evergreen Premier League side highlights the activity with it’s final road trip of the league’s debut season, facing Vancouver tonight and stopping in Yakima Friday evening on the way back. On the youth side, 20 teams are competing at the Crossfire Challenge in Redmond.
The Shadow First Team (6-2-2) head into the road trip with an eight-game unbeaten streak on the heels of a 1-1 draw against Vancouver Sunday afternoon in which Graison Le tallied a 69th minute equalizer. Mirza Radic scored for Vancouver in the 31st via a penalty. The Shadow play Vancouver Thursday at 7:00 at McKenzie Stadium and kickoff against Yakima at 6:30 at Marquette Stadium.
Equalizer from Gonzagaís Graison Le gives Spokane 1-1 draw at home
The Spokane Shadow extended their unbeaten streak in the Evergreen Premier League to a league record eight games Sunday with a 1-1 draw at Spokane Falls CC Stadium against second-place Vancouver Victory. Graison Le of Gonzaga University and Coeur d’Alene HS provided the answer for the Shadow in the second half after Spokane had fallen behind on a penalty in the first half.
“The game was really tough just because of the heat; and I think that really put a toll on everyone out there so I think that’s why everyone was grinding so hard,” Le said after the game, remarking on the temperatures that were well above 90 – perhaps even into triple digits on the artificial surface - in the early afternoon contest. “The goal came on a free kick and I could’nt have been happier with it. Glad that we at least got a result and got a tie and a point out of the game. Happy with that but I think we could have pulled out with a win and hopefully we’ll get them Thursday.”
Home and away series with fellow contender highlights busy week
The Spokane Shadow, unbeaten in their last seven games, return to action Sunday versus the Vancouver Victory, currently second in the Evergreen Premier League, at Spokane Falls CC Stadium at 2:00. The match marks the start of a challenging week in which the Shadow have a quick turnaround before their final road trip, a trek to Vancouver on Thursday with a stop-over for a game in Yakima Friday against rival Yakima.
The Shadow (6-2-1) head into the three-game stretch tied for third with Bellingham, but hold two games in hand on the Hammers (6-4-1), who play at Yakima Saturday. Spokane is five points back of Vancouver (8-3-0) and six behind South Sound (8-1-1), who travel to Wenatchee Saturday.
Big 1-0 victory over league-leaders puts Shadow in tie for second as title race opens up
The Spokane Shadow put their six-game unbeaten streak up against unbeaten South Sound Saturday night at Spokane Falls CC Stadium and a lengthy stalemate between the league’s top two defensive sides was finally broken in the 82nd minute courtesy of Graison Le. The late goal stood for the win and knocked the door wide open for the Evergreen Premier League title between Spokane, South Sound and Vancouver.
With eight minutes remaining, the ball was played from Pete Peterson about 45 yards out in to Timmy Mueller inside the middle of the penalty area. Mueller chested it down, but it came off a little hard and got away from him, going to the top of the box. A recovering South Sound defender narrowly beat Mueller to the ball, but the clearance went squarely out to the left side where Le collected the ball and beat the defender before slotting it inside the near left post past the visiting keeper Chris Kintz from 19 yards.
Key match in title race pits Shadow versus unbeaten league-leaders
In a pivotal match in the Evergreen Premier League championship hopes for the Spokane (5-2-1), the Shadow play host to South Sound FC (6-0-1) Saturday night at Spokane Falls CC Stadium. Game time is set for 7:00 with family-friendly tailgating beginning at 5:00 pm.
With just three points separating the Shadow, tied for third, and the league-leading Shock, Saturday’s match is the start of a three-game series that will play a large role in determining the league’s first championship. After facing South Sound, whose only blemish was at the hands of Spokane, the Shadow play host to second-place Vancouver July 6 followed by a road trip to face the Victory again just days later on July 10. Meanwhile, the Shock are kicking off a busy slate with seven games in five weeks, all but two on the road.
Spokane extends undefeated streak to six games; hosts league-leading South Sound next Saturday at SFCC Stadium
The Spokane Shadow pushed their unbeaten streak to six with a 2-0 victory on the road against Bellingham Sunday afternoon courtesy of a pair of goals set up by Mike Ramos. The victory keeps the Shadow in the hunt for the league title with first-place South Sound visiting Spokane next Saturday, June 21 at Spokane Falls CC Stadium at 7:00 pm.
The Shadow, still undefeated on the road (4-0-1), are 5-2-1 on the Evergreen Premier League campaign and are now tied with the Hammers on 16 points, trailing South Sound by three and Vancouver, narrow 3-2 winners over visiting last-place Seattle Sunday, by two points.
Victory extends unbeaten streak to five games for Spokane
Mike Ramos and Nick Hamer continue to be a deadly duo for the Shadow attack as the two combined for three goals Saturday evening in Evergreen Premier League action to give Spokane a 4-1 victory on the road against the Seattle Stars at Starfire Sports Complex. The result bumps the club’s record to 4-2-1 for the completion of the first half of the schedule and extends the team’s current run to 4-0-1.
Nick Hamer (Gonzaga U / Mead HS) set up Mike Ramos (Seattle U / University HS) 13 minutes into the contest to give the Shadow the lead once again as they have scored the opening goal in every game except their 1-1 road draw against league-leading South Sound.