Hammers nip Shadow; Shock knock Victory out of title race

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Bellingham United almost let one get away on Saturday in Spokane, but almost doesn’t count and the final scoreboard does: 3-2 Hammers over the Shadow. In other action Washington Premier South Sound knocked Vancouver Victory out of the title race with a 2-1 win in Ridgefield. Recaps below.

Spokane Shadow 2-3 Bellingham United

SPOKANE, WA— Bellingham United (7-2-2) was cruising to a comfortable win when a late flurry saw the Shadow get goals in the 78th and 79th to draw even. Just after, the Hammers regrouped and found a winner to keep the heat on the Seattle Stars in the Evergreen Premier League title hunt.

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Happy Hammers celebrate a goal in Spokane. (Shadow photo)

The Hammers took a 2-0 lead on goals from Taylor Allan (20th minute) and Brady Ulen (22nd minute). It seemed like that would be plenty until the Shadow upset the proceedings with goals from Eric Espinoza in the 79th and JD Hauenstein in the 80th. The Hammers kept their cool and got a winner from Brandon Wright in the 87th minute.

The result kept Bellingham just 3 points behind Seattle after 11 matches played by each. Meanwhile the loss meant the Shadow finish their fourth season in the EPLWA with a record of 3-11-0.

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Vancouver Victory 1-2 WPSS Shock

RIDGEFIELD, WA— The Victory (5-4-3) knew there was no room for error if they were to stay alive and repeat as EPLWA Champions in 2017. Recent form was not in their favor and as it turns the night did not go their way as the Shock (5-5-1) knocked them out of the 2017 race.

Scott Hanson assisted on a Isidro Prado-Huerta goal in the 14th minute to give the Shock a 1-0 lead. Before halftime the Shock went up 2-0 on what the score sheet says was an own goal. Vancouver tried to rally in the second half but could only muster a goal from Hunter Hwang  in the 58th minute.

The Victory and Shock can play spoilers as both sides play the leaders before the season ends. Next week WPSS visits Seattle Stars while Vancouver hosts Bellingham United. Then on the last weekend of the season the Victory host the Stars.

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