VANCOUVER, WA—Daniel Gray stepped behind a free kick opportunity in the second half at McKenzie Stadium and delivered the strike that kept South Sound FC in first place in the Evergreen Premier League.
The Shock (8-1-3) and Victory entered the match caught up in a race with the Spokane Shadow and Wenatchee FC for the top of the table and thus the league championship. Vancouver’s second half of the season results have seen them tumble from unbeaten (7-0-0) to now not winning a match in five (7-4-1). Meanwhile the Shock eliminated Wenatchee FC from title contention with the win. On 27 points, South Sound will finish ahead of Wenatchee, who can only get to 26 points even if they win out.
Gray’s free kick came in the 56th minute. He bypassed the Vancouver wall and curved the ball into the goal from 25 yards out. It appeared the V2FC defense was drawn away by a crowd of Shock attackers grouped for a possible header on the kick. Instead, Gray shot on goal, catching the entire Vancouver line and goalkeeper leaning the wrong direction.
18-year-old Evan Munn got his first start in goal for South Sound, and his first shutout. He was credited with 12 saves on 20 Vancouver shots. The Victory nearly took the lead in the 50th minute but the shot clinked off of the South Sound crossbar.
Vancouver had seven corner kicks to four for the Shock. The 235 fans on hand witnessed three yellow cards being issued to the visitors. The home side had none.
|EVERGREEN PREMIER LEAGUE – 2015 (Through July 8)||Pts||GP||W||L||T||GF||GA||GD|
|SOUTH SOUND FC||27||12||8||1||3||33||15||+18|
|VANCOUVER VICTORY FC||22||12||7||4||1||28||13||+15|
|YAKIMA UNITED FC||12||12||3||6||3||25||28||-3|
|SEATTLE STARS FC||12||10||3||4||3||16||21||-5|
|BELLINGHAM UNITED FC||0||10||0||10||0||10||38||-28|