by Shadow Media Relations
EVERETT, Wash. -- The Spokane Shadow moved atop the Evergreen Premier League table for the first time this season, using a 4-1 win over the Seattle Stars today to move one point ahead of South Sound, which is idle this weekend. The Shadow travel to Bellingham tomorrow with a chance to clinch a championship repeat with a victory.
Spokane seized control from the opening whistle and spent much of the game in the offensive end. They were given some additional help in the 15th minute when Seattle's Ramon Ramos was sent off for a second caution. The Shadow would finally break through with a long ball over the top that put first half sub Kazu Tateishi behind the defense. He finished nicely, beating goalkeeper Scott Barnum in the 35th.
In the second half the Stars managed to scrap a goal against the run of play, capitalizing on a high bouncing ball off a long service from the back that the defense and goalkeeper Jeff Srock were unable to corral in the 54th, giving Ernesto Bueno to tie it up.
From there it was all Shadow as they ran away with the play.
Young halftime inserts Jonathan Cortez and JD Hauenstein helped break Seattle's back. A ball from Dustin Ferger to Hauenstein set up the go-ahead goal in the 68th. The Central Valley standout sent the ball into the six, finding an open Cortez for the easy finish. Hauenstein did it again nine minutes later, sending a ball in from the left to Anthony Mota, who ripped a shot from about 14 yards.
Chance Bukoski capped the scoring with a fantastic individual play. After receiving the ball at midfield with his back to goal and a defender on his back, he spun at the touchline and got a step on his marker, pulling away from him as he drove to goal and beat the keeper from about 10 yards.
When the Shadow take the field in Bellingham tomorrow, it will be the first time in the league’s two seasons that the Shadow will be doing so in first place as they won the league championship on the final day of the season a year ago with South Sound repeatedly reclaiming the league lead the last few weeks each time the Shadow went in front.
Spokane Shadow 4 :: 1 Seattle Stars
SPO: Kazuki Tateishi (Ben Thompson) 35
SEA: Ernesto Bueno 54
SPO: Jonathan Cortez (JD Hauenstein) 68
SPO: Anthony Mota (Hauenstein) 77
SPO: Chance Bukoski (Colin Shockman) 86