SPOKANE, WA— The return of the Spokane -Yakima rivalry, with its roots going back nearly two decades, provided a cracker of a match on Saturday night as the visiting Hoppers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to claim a 3-2 win on a late goal from current EPLWA goalWA.net goalKING Junior Garcia.
Devin Leon and Mikey Ramos put the host Spokane Shadow up by two in the first half-hour of the contest, but two goals in the next 10 minutes pulled visiting Yakima, the club’s historic foe, even as they eventually came away with the 3-2 road win on a 90th minute dagger from Junior Garcia at Spokane Falls CC Stadium in front of 417.
See a gallery of match photos by Erik Smith here.
Yakima’s winner was stunning, from the timing to the effort. Junior Garcia collected the ball at midfield and, with plenty of space, ripped a line-drive shot from about 32 yards that soared past Lang’s effort for the save. It was Garcia’s third goal in as many matches.
Cesar Rodriguez scored Yakima’s equalizer and assisted on the other two Hoppers goals.
Read a complete Shadow match report here.
Yakima United FC improves to 2-1-0 while Spokane Shadow falls to 0-2-0. The Hoppers stay on the road next Sunday May 18 at Vancouver while the Shadow travel west for matches Saturday night at WestSound and Sunday afternoon at undefeated South Sound FC.
Yakima Reds 3 – 2 Spokane Shadow
SPO: Devin Leon (Pete Peterson) 7
SPO: Mikey Ramos 26th
YAK: Hector Valdovinos (Cesar Rodriguez) 35
YAK: Cesar Rodriguez 37
YAK: Junior Garcia (Cesar Rodriguez) 90
Spokane – Starters: Cody Lang; Derek Zimmerman, Aaron Jeffery, Andrew Newman; Matt Bray, Pete Peterson, Devin Leon, Micah Weller, Dustin Ferger, Sam Selisch; Mikey Ramos – Substitutes: Elliot Fauske, Adam Talley, Sam Engle, Christian Botuli
Yakima – Starters: Jacob Rhoads; Dennis Stevenson, Al Valencia, Jordan Abrams, Daniel Hernandez; Avi Hernandez, Luis Martinez, Alonso Rojas, Guillermo Silva; Junior Garcia, William Pineda – Substitutes: Alexio Garcia, Hector Valdovinos, Cesar Rodriguez
SPO: Pete Peterson 12, Derek Zimmerman 33, Matt Bray 82
YAK: Luis Martinez 72, Alex Casto 81, Alexio Garcia 90
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