by Shadow SSC
Spokane controlled the majority of the match and put forth most of the offensive pressure throughout the game, including the opening 20 minutes. With just one of two decent forays into the attacking third in the first half, the visitors took the initial lead with a nice shot by Jonatan Rodriguez the left side, taking advantage of the littlest of space to shoot past the defender and sending the ball inside the far post.
The Shadow continued to attack the Wenatchee goal and in the 34th minute Chance Bukoski was taken down on the left side of the area. He converted the penalty to the left side out of goalkeeper Mauricio Sanchez’s reach a minute later.
Further pressure resulted in a free kick early in the second half just outside the top left edge of the area. Dustin Ferger put the ball into the six where it pinged around and was blocked close-range a couple times before defender Brady Ulen put the full force of his foot on it from a yard out and billowed the back of the net.
The Shadow had a couple of late chances and held on for the win despite playing with 10 men for the final six minutes of the match due to a second caution to Kyle Higgins. Tony Watters made a couple key stops in the late going, particularly in stoppage to secure the victory.
With two games in hand, the Shadow are only two points back of current league leaders South Sound, who dropped two more points this afternoon in a 2-2 draw against Bellingham. Its their second tie in the last three games.
Bellingham 2 :: 2 South Sound (Bellingham scored two equalizers to earn first point of the season and deal blow to Shock title chances)
Seattle Stars 0 :: 1 Yakima United
South Sound 8-1-4… 28
Spokane 8-1-2… 26
Vancouver 7-4-1… 22
Wenatchee 5-5-2… 17
Yakima 4-6-3… 15
Olympic 4-7-0… 12
Seattle 3-5-3… 12
Bellingham 0-10-1… 1
SHADOW NEXT WEEK: Road trip to play Seattle Saturday and Bellingham Sunday. Both games are at 3:00.
FINAL HOME GAME: July 25 at SFCC, 7:00 v Olympic Force