Spokane controls own destiny with South Sound falling 2-0 to Seattle, but coach Chad Brown focused on Friday in Yakima
SPOKANE SHADOW NEWS RELEASE -- Thursday, July 10, 2014
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.
"Juan put in a ball into the corner and Mikey kind of screened for me and I got away from my defender and put it away into the back post,” Zimmerman (pictured) said of his goal before noting the team’s performance on the defensive end. “It says a lot about our work ethic that when we lose the ball we work hard to get it back."
The hosts pulled one back in the 77th, but were unable to find the equalizer as the Shadow held on to hand them their first loss at home this season after a 5-0 start at McKenzie Stadium with a total of 20 goals, scoring at least three in each win.
“Our goal is to get a shutout, and the guys were disappointed in not getting that,” said head coach Chad Brown after the match, noting that the Shadow could have also had a few more, including one that went into the goal only to bounce out off of the goal’s wheel unseen by the officials. “The guys did a great job battling 90 minutes and for the most part did the right things.”
The Shadow defense, which has allowed only six goals during the nine-game unbeaten streak, played a key role yet again in the victory with Zimmerman netting the opener and Aaron Jeffery setting up what proved to be the game-winner.
“That’s great,” Brown said of the contribution of the defenders in the attack. “We are on the road with a little variety from our usual lineup and guys are really stepping up. I am pleased and proud to be associated with a group of about 30 guys that are in our pool who are all pushing the team every day of the week at training and in games.”
Though externally there is excitement about league-wide results, coach Brown remains focused on the one game in front of them with the Shadow playing rival Yakima Friday evening at Marquette Stadium beginning at 6:30.
“That’s not really important in our viewpoint,” he said in reference to the news of South Sound’s defeat. “We have to focus on us and do what we do. We are still not in first, and are two points back still with three games to go, including against Yakima who took points off us at home. For us, the focus remains on process and taking things one game at a time. After celebrating for about 30 seconds, Vancouver is now in the past and we have to prepare for tomorrow in Yakima.”
FINAL HOME GAMES – July 19 & 20
FILL THE FALLS – With the title on the line, the Shadow need everyone to bring their extended family and friends to both games at Spokane Falls CC Stadium on the final weekend of the season to help cheer them onto the championship. The game Saturday, July 19 kicks off at 7:00 pm versus the Seattle Stars and the season finale Sunday, July 20 begins at 5:00 pm. Family-friendly tailgating begins two hours prior to kickoff and the gates open one hour prior.
Spokane Shadow 2-1 Vancouver Victory
SPO: Derek Zimmerman (Juan Valderrama) 57
SPO: Mike Ramos (Aaron Jeffery) 66
VAN: Jamoy Stevens (Henrique Esparza) 75
EPLWA Results Tonight
Seattle 2-0 South Sound
Spokane 2-1 Vancouver
Updated Standings (full table)
South Sound... 8-3-1... 25 pts (31 possible)
Vancouver... 8-4-1... 25 pts (28 possible)
Spokane... 7-2-2... 23 pts (32 possible)
Bellingham... 6-5-1... 19 pts
Yakima... 5-7-1... 16 pts
Wenatchee... 5-7-0... 15 pts
Seattle... 4-7-1... 13 pts
WestSound... 2-10-1... 7 pts
EPLWA Remaining Schedule
Friday, July 11
- Spokane @ Yakima
Saturday, July 12
- Seattle @ Bellingham
- Wenatchee @ WestSound
Friday, July 18
- South Sound @ Bellingham
Saturday, July 19
- Seattle @ Spokane
Sunday, July 20
- South Sound @ Vancouver
- Wenatchee @ Spokane