Home and away series with fellow contender highlights busy week
SPOKANE SHADOW NEWS RELEASE -- Saturday, July 5, 2014
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.
“It is a challenging week against tough teams but as long as we pay attention to details and make sure we do all the little things, especially after a week off, we should be successful as we navigate through this week and our final five games overall in the three remaining weeks of the season,” said head coach Chad Brown.
About the Opposition: Vancouver Victory
The Victory are coached by the Afenegus brothers, who used to call Spokane home. The pair previously played for the PDL Shadow over 10 years ago but are now fixtures in the Vancouver soccer community. Biniam Afenegus is the long-time head coach of Clark College while his brother Filomon has moved on to coaching at a local high school there. The team includes numerous players from the NWAACC school on the roster.
Vancouver comes into the game on a three-game win streak, beating Seattle 3-2, Yakima 2-1 and last weekend WestSound 4-2. The first two were late victories with the winning tallies coming in stoppage time. Last week Jordan Jones notched a hat-trick in 39 minutes leading Vancouver to a very quick start, giving him four goals and an assist in the last three games and seven for the season, tied for second in the league scoring table. Also playing key roles were Tyler Webster (goal, two assists) and Nick Palodichuk (goal and assist).
July 6 Promotions
Players wearing their area club soccer jerseys get in free to the match on Sunday and halftime will once again feature the wildly popular Shadow Candy Rush!
Shadow Game Day Player Pool
Matt Beaulaurier… Ferris HS
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
Aaron Jeffery… Gonzaga University
Graison Le… Gonzaga University / Coeur d’Alene HS
Devin Leon… CC Spokane
Pete Peterson… Gonzaga University / Central Valley HS
Mike Ramos… Seattle University / University HS
Chris Rothrock… Whitworth University / Shadle Park HS
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
Jacob Weaver… Northwest University / Northwest Christian HS
Micah Weller… Cheney HS
Derek Zimmerman… St Mary’s / Tri-Cities Prep
Coach Brown presents CC Spokane Finishing Camp
Shadow head coach Chad Brown will be conducting the CC Spokane Finishing Camp July 14-17 at Spokane Community College. Coach Brown has six years of professional playing experience, eight years of college coaching experience and over 15 years of youth development coaching experience that includes regional and national team players as well as professional players. He will share all of that with players through the camp, which will focus on first touch, movement with and without the ball, timing of runs and decision making along with plenty of shooting and crossing from 9:00-11:00 am each day. For ages 7-13 and cost is $100 (discounts for teams and siblings available). Personal and small group training is also available. Contact Chad for registration details at Chad.Brown@spokanefalls.edu
EPLWA This Week
Around the league: While the Shadow were idle last week the top clubs took care of business versus the bottom half of the table. In addition to the previously mentioned Vancouver win, Bellingham were 4-2 winners against visiting Wenatchee and South Sound posted a 2-0 shutout at home against Yakima. In the two games Sunday, Seattle drubbed Wenatchee 5-1 and Yakima edged host WestSound 3-2. The results tallied up to 25 goals for the five games, marking a return to the high-scoring nature of the EPLWA after seeing just seven goals in four games the previous weekend. Standings & Stat Leaders [+]
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