The 2015 collegiate season was a highly successful one in the region and quite a few Spokane SC Shadow alumni played a part in it. Five former Shadow youth and First Team players received top awards in their respective leagues for outstanding seasons and six were honored as regional All-Americans.
Starting close to home, the Whitworth men captured the Northwest Conference championship again thanks to a trio of seniors with Shadow on their resume. Former Shadow youth player Karl Muelheims finished as the scoring champion and was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year. His fellow Shadow First Team players Spencer Wolfe and Sam Engle also played key roles. Engle, a regional All-American selection at forward, helped make the Pirates an offensive force while Wolfe guided the defense to an outstanding campaign, earning the league's Defensive Player of the Year award along with regional and national All-American honors. On the women's side, Tiara Pajimola was again recognized as an All-Conference selection for the Pirates.
A little further away, Eastern Washington experienced its best season ever in the Big Sky Conference thanks to a handful of former Shadow youth. Among them were the sophomore forward duo of Chloe Williams and Savannah Hoekstra, who both earned All-Conference selections. Williams was also recognized as the league's Offensive MVP. Also earning All-Conference recognition in the Big Sky was Alyssa Lloyd, who helped lead Idaho to the regular season title and runners-up finish in the postseason tournament, and Montana's Ashlee Pedersen.
Also close to home, the CC Spokane men's and women's sides captured the regular season division titles in the Northwest Athletic Conference this year and both reached the NWAC Final Four thanks to a number of Shadow alumni. The women captured the league championship under former Shadow coach Jim Martinson with outstanding efforts from Maddy Boyd, Sarah Melvin, Erica Simpson and Kelsi Walker. The men's side came up short on the short side in a 4-3 championship game in which Shadow players were present on both sides. Former Shadow youth players Jonathan Cortez, also from the Shadow First Team, and Kelly Kyllo were honored as All-Stars for the Bigfoot, who were edged for the title by Peninsula College, which featured NWAC All-Star Trevan Estrellado and Micah Weller, both former Shadow First Team players. In addition to Martinson, the coaching staffs for both Bigfoot teams hold many Shadow ties as men's head coach Kenny Krestian was a member of the Shadow PDL side in the 90s along with his CCS assistant and current Shadow FT coach Chad Brown. Assistant coach Brock Ogami is a current Shadow youth coach and FT assistant and goalkeeper coach Jeff Srock helped lead the First Team to the EPLWA title last season.
In Seattle, a pair of Shadow alumni dominated in their respective positions. Julia Moravec led Seattle University to another great season in the Western Athletic Conference, earning the league's Offensive Player of the Year award. Meanwhile, Cody Lang, a youth and First Team alum, guided Seattle Pacific in another outstanding campaign and was recognized as the GNAC Defensive Player of the Year along with receiving regional All-American honors.
CONFERENCE MAJOR AWARDS & NSCAA REGIONAL / NATIONAL ALL-AMERICANS
Sam Engle^ (F, Whitworth, Sr.) - All-West All-American Second Team
Cody Lang^ (G, Seattle Pacific, Jr.) - GNAC Defensive Player of the Year; All-West All-American Third Team
Julia Moravec (F, Seattle U, Sr.) - WAC Offensive Player of the Year
Karl Muelheims^ (F, Whitworth, Sr.) - NWC Offensive Player of the Year; All-West All-American First Team
Timmy Mueller^ (F, Oregon State, So.) - All-West All-American Second Team
Caitlin Walter (D, Carroll, Sr.) - All-West All-American First Team
Chloe Williams (F, Eastern Washington, So.) - Big Sky Offensive MVP
Spencer Wolfe^ (D, Whitworth, Sr.) - NWC Defensive Player of the Year; National All-American Third Team; All-West All-American First Team;
Conner Bevans^ (F, Gonzaga, Sr.) - WCC Second Team
Jonathan Cortez^ (F, CC Spokane, Fr.) - NWAC All-Star
Sam Engle^ (F, Whitworth, Sr.) - NWC First Team
Trevan Estrellado^ (M, Peninsula College, So.) - NWAC All-Star
Martha Heaps (D, Concordia, So.) - GNAC Honorable Mention
Savannah Hoekstra (F, Eastern Washington, So.) - Big Sky Second Team
Allison Jordan (D, Eastern Oregon, Sr.) - Cascade Conference First Team
Kelly Kyllo (D, CC Spokane, Fr.) - NWAC All-Star
Cody Lang^ (G, Seattle Pacific, Jr.) - GNAC First Team
Alyssa Lloyd (M, Idaho, Jr.) - Big Sky First Team
Julia Moravec (F, Seattle Univ, Sr.) - WAC First Team
Karl Muelheims^ (F, Whitworth, Sr.) - NWC First Team
Timmy Mueller^ (F, Oregon State, So.) - PAC-12 First Team
Tiara Pajimola (F, Whitworth, Sr.) - NWC Second Team
Ashlee Pedersen (D, Montana, Sr.) - Big Sky Honorable Mention
Laci Rennaker (D, Eastern Washington) - Big Sky Second Team
Adam Talley^ (F, Western Washington, Jr.) - GNAC Second Team
Caitlin Walter (D, Carroll, Sr.) - Cascade Conference First Team
Jacob Weaver^ (F, Northwest Univ, Jr.) - Cascade Conference Second Team
Chloe Williams (F, Eastern Washington, So.) - Big Sky First Team
Spencer Wolfe^ (D, Whitworth, Sr.) - NWC First Team
^ Denotes Shadow First Team player