SPOKANE, WA—(Shadow release) The reigning Evergreen Premier League champion Spokane Shadow enter the second half of the EPLWA schedule Saturday when they play host to Bellingham United at Spokane Falls CC Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:00 pm, and it is First Responders Night – all police officers and firefighters get in free with presentation of work ID.
With a 4-3 win last week at home against previously unbeaten South Sound and previously perfect Vancouver losing in Wenatchee, the Shadow are one of three teams in the top half of the table with just one loss in the league.
Karl Muelheims comes into the match with three goals in his last two games and is the league’s current Offensive Player of the Week honoree. He is the third Shadow player to receive the recognition this season, joining fellow striker Adam Talley and goalkeeper Jeff Srock.
|EVERGREEN PREMIER LEAGUE – 2015||Pts||GP||W||L||T||GF||GA||GD|
|VANCOUVER VICTORY FC||21||8||7||1||0||26||7||+19|
|SOUTH SOUND FC||17||8||5||1||2||26||11||+15|
|YAKIMA UNITED FC||10||9||3||5||1||20||22||-2|
|SEATTLE STARS FC||10||8||3||4||1||15||20||-5|
|BELLINGHAM UNITED FC||0||8||0||8||0||7||31||-24|
Bellingham is the final opponent in the league the Shadow have not yet faced this season. A year ago Spokane lost in it’s home and season opener 2-1 to the Hammers, who rallied from an early deficit with a goal in each half to down the Shadow. Later in the season Spokane posted a 2-0 win in Bellingham with goals from defender Colin Shockman and Timmy Mueller.
Midfielder Graison Le is suspended for the match for receiving a red card last week as a result of two cautions in the match versus South Sound.
New to the pool of players joining the squad this week are a pair of players from the University of California-Davis of the Big West Conference. Kyle Higgins, a native of Montana, was a freshman striker for the Aggies last fall, and is joined by fellow freshman forward Matt Baringer.
About the Opposition: Bellingham United
A year ago, Bellingham was a contender for the championship for much of the season. This year, however, has been a completely different story. Eight games into the season, the Hammers have yet to register a point, losing each game by at least two goals. In three of the five games in which the team has scored, Bellingham got on the board first, but was unable to hold the lead. Last week, the Hammers fell 4-2 on the road against Olympic Force in the second of three consecutive road games for the side.
Coming Up – Road Trip – June 27 & 28
The club embarks on a tough trip next week with a pair of road matches. First, they travel to Vancouver to face the current league-leaders Saturday, June 27 at 7:00 pm. Then on the way back home to Spokane the team will stop in Yakima to face the Hoppers at 6:00 Sunday.
Shadow Player Pool for 6/20 v Bellingham
Baringer, Matt… UC-Davis
Beaulaurier, Matt… Univ of Portland, St Martin’s Univ/ Ferris HS
Bray, Matt… Whitworth University / Ferris HS
Bukoski, Chance… Hawaii Pacific University
Estrellado, Trevan… Peninsula College / Cheney HS
Ferger, Dustin… Gonzaga University / East Valley HS
Higgins, Kyle… UC-Davis
Hudson, Zach… Gonzaga University
Jaramillo, Juan… University of Great Falls
Mikkelsen, Halvor… CC Spokane / Sandpoint HS
Mota, Anthony… University of Great Falls
Muelheims, Karl… Whitworth University / St George’s HS
Retan, Jesse… Whitworth University / Cheney HS
Shockman, Colin… Whitworth University / Mead HS
Singh, Avinash… Chaminade University
Srock, Jeff… Whitworth Univ, CC Spokane, Gonzaga Univ / Mt Spokane HS
Starkovich, David… Whitworth University
Talley, Adam… North Idaho College / East Valley HS
Tateishi, Kazuki… CC Spokane
Thompson, Ben… University of Redlands / Lewis & Clark HS
Ulen, Brady… North Idaho College / Post Falls HS
Ulowetz, Nick… Gonzaga University
Watters, Tony… Whitworth University
Wolfe, Spencer… Whitworth University
Zimmerman, Derek… Western Washington University / Pasco HS
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