NWPL Soccer: Spokane regains sole possession of 1st place with win over the Union

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6/25/16

Spokane 4, Twin City 0

(Centralia, WA) The Spokane Shadow came into the match tied for 1st place with South Sound FC each with 21 points but Spokane with 1 less game. The Shadow wasted little time in showing they were intent on taking sole possession of the top spot.

Maia Angell
Maia Angell

The Shadow overwhelmed the Union in the 1st 20 minutes scoring in the 14th, 17th and 20th minutes on rather easy scores. Maia Angell got it started taking the loose ball and chip shooting it over Union keeper Emily Sorenson for a 1-0 lead. The 2nd goal was scored by Megan Lindsay when she stole a bad clearance pass and popped it in for a 2-0 lead.

Riley Martinson finished off the 1st half scoring in the 20th minute when she won a 50/50 ball against the Union’s Meghan Ward and got into a 1-on-1 with Sorenson and kicked it in to the far side of the net for the 3-0 score. This would also win our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game as the Shadow went to the break with a 3-0 lead.

In the 2nd half Union coach Noah Vazquez adjusted his defense and went on the attack. Twin City got some solid runs from Whitney Lowe and Mariah Roggow but neither could get one past the Shadow keepers Sarah Swanson and Sienna Tanner. Tanner played the 2nd half and made a great save on a point-blank shot from Lowe to deny and frustrate the Union.

While Spokane’s defense was holding the Union scoreless the offense did not have many opportunities in the 2nd half but would tally a final goal in the 87th minute when Tasha Luu took a pass from Maddie Haas and knocked it in to seal the win.

Coach Moon
Coach Moon

Shadow Coach Kevin Moon was happy with his team’s defensive effort. Moon says because they are an attacking style team that many times can leave them vulnerable and offer opportunities to the other team. He said although the Union did have some chances the back line and keepers were stellar tonight.

Moon had high praise for the Union noting they beat Twin City 4-0 and was impressed with their effort and said they have some very dangerous players. Moon also credited Vazquez for the adjustments he made at the half and said the Union made it very difficult on them in the 2nd half.

Spokane now regains sole possession of 1st place with their 8th win improving to 8-1 and with 24 points they lead South Sound FC by 3 who have 21 with their 6-0-3 record. Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game went to Maia Angel of Spokane and Twin City’s Whitney Lowe.

Scoring:

Spokane: Goals: Angell, Lindsay, Martinson, Luu; Assists: Haas

Corner Kicks: Spokane 5; Twin City 3

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