EPLWA: Force, Shadow stay cool in heat for winning Sundays

EPLWA: Force, Shadow stay cool in heat for winning Sundays

There were two matches on Sunday June 28 in the Evergreen Premier League. One featured two clubs that had played on Saturday. The other paired two clubs at the foot of the table looking for precious victory. When the last kick had been taken the Spokane Shadow were just a point from first place with a match in hand and Bellingham United were wondering what could possibly go wrong next. Read about Saturday’s matches here.

Bellingham United 2-3 Olympic Force

bufc-clearOlympic_Force_Logo_2BELLINGHAM, WA—A few Bellingham United fans took to social media after their match on Sunday to vent their frustration over referee decisions in a wild 3-2 loss to the Olympic Force on June 28 at Civic Stadium.

The Hammers remain a model EPLWA club off of the pitch, but on the pitch 2015 is slipping into disaster territory. United is now 0-10-0, winless on the season. This one stings. They were up 2-0 in the second half with both sides playing with ten men due to dual red cards. The Hammers were down to nine when Nick Cashmere was sent off in the 66th with BUFC up 2-1. Then Roland Demombynes broke United hearts with goals in the 76th and 86th minutes to rally the Force.

It all seemed to be leading to a first win for Bellingham. In the 35th Tyler Bjork made it 1-0 on an assist from Kurtis Peterson. Then in the 53rd minute Nick Cashmere converted a penalty kick to make it 2-0.

The match had begun with fireworks as two players were sent off in the 15th minute. Both Brodie Steigerwald (Olympic) and Brendan Quilic (Bellingham) were dismissed. Quilici for what was viewed as a two-footed tackle and Steigerwald for throwing  a punch after the foul. In the ensuing gathering of players Nick Cashmere was cautioned. He later got a second yellow for holding the ball and delaying the chance of the other team to play it. It was that red that reduced the Hammers to nine men.

Defender Steven Prevost started the comeback effort for the Force with a goal in the 61st minute. Since starting their first EPLWA season 1-5 Olympic has turned the  corner with a 3-2 streak.

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The Spokane Shadow are closing in on a second straight EPLWA championship. Here the players get ready for 100+ degree heat in an eventual 2-1 win at Yakima United. (Club photo)

Yakima United 1-2 Spokane Shadow

YUFCCREST_WHITE_300_WIDEshadow-new-crest-400YAKIMA, WA—The Shadow, with a game in hand, used a 2-1 win Sunday on the road against Yakima United to leapfrog Vancouver for second in the Evergreen Premier League and just one point back of leaders South Sound. Both teams, coming off positive results the night before against the league’s top two sides, played to a scoreless stalemate in the first half on the long grass that slowed the pace down.

Two minutes into the second half Brady Ulen, who was playing at forward for the Shadow instead if defense, flicked on a Dustin Ferger throw-in, finding Chance Bukoski. The Hawaiian turned on his defender and let loose a shot from about 25 yards that found the upper corner.

The Shadow doubled the advantage in the 68th on a corner. Matt Bray’s service in to the near post was met by Matt Baringer. The UC-Davis player beat the leaping goalkeeper to the ball and nodded it down into the goal.

Yakima tried to rally but could only muster a nice free kick goal from about 25 yards out on the right side that Noe Meza put into the far upper corner past Tony Watters.

The Shadow are now unbeaten in their last seven (6-0-1) and still have not lost a road game in their two years of EPLWA play (10-0-2). The team is also unbeaten in the month of June the past two years now (8-0-1).

EVERGREEN PREMIER LEAGUE – 2015 Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
SOUTH SOUND FC 24 11 7 1 3 32 15 +17
SPOKANE SHADOW 23 10 7 1 2 26 10 +16
VANCOUVER VICTORY FC 22 11 7 3 1 28 12 +16
WENATCHEE FC 17 11 5 4 2 23 28 -5
YAKIMA UNITED FC 12 12 3 6 3 25 28 -3
SEATTLE STARS FC 12 10 3 4 3 16 21 -5
OLYMPIC FORCE 12 11 4 7 0 25 33 -8
BELLINGHAM UNITED FC 0 10 0 10 0 10 38 -28
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