SPOKANE, WA— The 2015 Evergreen Premier League Champion Spokane Shadow had a week to prepare for their final home match and the celebrations that followed. They handled both quite well on Saturday night with a comprehensive 5-1 win over the Olympic Force and a trohpy presentation that capped off their second straight title campaign.
It was quite a night for Adam Talley, one of the players who was with the Shadow for both of its championship campaigns. With the victory, the Shadow (11-1-2) finish the season with just one defeat, a 2-0 loss in their third game of the season to the Vancouver Victory, who were in the midst of what was a 7-game win streak before their midseason collapse. The record was better than last year’s championship performance that finished 10-2-2. The team also surpassed last year’s goal total 39 to 36, allowing only two more goals on defense (13 to 11).
The five goal output on the night was the team’s biggest since their season-opening victory at Wenatchee (8-2), and is only the third time in team history they have scored five goals in a game.
After the match Washington State Adult Soccer Association President Tim Busch (VP of Competition for the EPLWA) presented the Shadow with their second trophy. The guys then raised it high in the air as cheers rose up in Spokane Falls CC stadium.
Olympic Force 1 :: 5 Spokane Shadow
SPO: Adam Talley (Zack Hamer) 13
SPO: Adam Talley 24
OLY: Roland Demombynes 33
SPO: Adam Talley 45
SPO: Kyle Higgins (Halvor Mikkelsen) 64
SPO: Adam Talley (Zack Hamer) 76
1 – Hamer got the ball top of the box and slipped it diagonally to Talley as he cut through the area. With space, he easily beat the keeper.
2 – A turnover left Talley all alone and he easily beat the keeper for the second goal of the night.
3 – The visitors got one back on a nice shot when Demombynes fired from about 36 yards well out of Jeff Srock’s reach in goal.
4 – A long ball forward from Brady Ulen found Talley in the area. He put away the rebound of his saved initial shot to complete the hat-trick.
5 – A corner into the area led to a header from Mikkelsen in the middle of the box finding Higgins at the left post for the close-range finish.
6 – A nice series of passes led to the final goal with Ben Thompson going up the right side and connecting with Higgins in the box. Higgins then fed a diagonally cutting Hamer, who fired a ball through the six from a tight angle that found Talley at the far left post for a close-range finish.