Seattle wins again, Spokane a shadow of their former selves

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There were four matches and a postponement in the first weekend of June in the Evergreen Premier League’s 2017 season. Seattle Stars remain in first place and everyone is talking about the dismal start of the Spokane Shadow.

Seattle Stars 5-1 Spokane Shadow

KENT, WA— Seattle Stars FC (4-1-1) kept their spot on top of the Evergreen Premier League table with a comfortable 5-1 spanking of the winless Spokane Shadow (0-6-0) on Saturday June 3 at French Field.

All-time EPLWA leading scorer Tyler Bjork got two more in the match to bring his season total to 6 in 2017 (leads league) and 40 over 4 years in the EPLWA.

Spokane had no response. Their only consolation was an own goal scored for them by Seattle’s Aty Taylor.

Seattle Stars goals: Tyler Bjork (2), Mason Bochner, Pablo Gallo, Miles Sanchez.

Spokane Shadow goals: Own goal.

(Cover photo: Seattle Stars by Tracie Fowler.)

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Olympic Force continues their rise with a 2-1 win at Oly Town. (Artesians Twitter)

Oly Town Artesians 1-2 Olympic Force

OLYMPIA, WA— The Olympic Force (3-1-1) continued their climb in the EPLWA with a 2-1 win over the Oly Town Artesians (2-2-1) on Saturday June 3 at The Evergreen State College. The match went on as scheduled after the previous night’s contest between the Artesians and WPSS Shock was postponed due to a bomb threat on campus.

Bennett Bugbee assisted on Colin Ralston’s opener for the Force in the 9th minute and then got the match winner with a goal of his own in the 81st. The Artesians got a penalty kick conversion from Daniele Zaccagnini in added time.

Olympic Force goals: Colin Ralston, Bennett Bugbee

Oly Town Artesians goals: Daniele Zaccagnini (PK)

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Jordan Zimmerman (file photo) scored for the Shock in their win over Vancouver.

Washington Premier South Sound 2-1 Vancouver Victory

PUYALLUP, WA— Washington Premier South Sound (3-1-0) defended their home turf to hang on for a wild 2-1 win over defending EPLWA Champs Vancouver Victory (2-1-0) on Saturday June 3 at WPFC Fields Complex.

Jordan Zimmerman gave the Shock a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute off of a corner kick. Then luck evaded the Victory as they scored against themselves on an own goal in the 40th minute on a misread chip from way out.

Vancouver battled back to make it 2-1 on a goal from Nathaniel Cheney. The final stages of the  match were thrilling with chances back and forth before the Shock celebrated the final whistle.

WPSS Shock goals: Jordan Zimmerman, own goal.

Vancouver Victory goals: Nathaniel Cheney.

Bellingham United 6-1 Spokane Shadow

BELLINGHAM, WA— The Hammers of Bellingham United (3-2-1) rose up to stomp down the Spokane Shadow (0-6-0) on Sunday at Civic Stadium. Nick Cashmere and Christian Thode scored braces for the Hammers. Spokane took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal from Javi Chavez. The home side then ran off 2 before the break and another 4 after to secure the blow out win.

Bellingham United goals: Nick Cashmere (2), Christian Thode (2), Brendan Quilici, Rene Caro.

Spokane Shadow goals: Javi Chavez

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