Wild home debut as Lions fall to Shadow 4-3 before 873 fans

KENNEWICK, WA— It was a high-scoring back and forth affair for Tri-Cities Alliance (2-1-0) as they made their home debut at Lampson Stadium in an eventual 4-3 loss to the Spokane Shadow (2-1-0.) The match drew 873 fans, one of the largest crowds in Evergreen Premier League history.


eplwa-600-cropThe match was tied three times before Spokane got the winner.  The Shadow took the lead in the 11th minute on a goal from Jake Levine. It was even 1-1 in the 19th when the home fans cheered a goal from Ricky Chicas. In the 30th minute the Lions took their only lead of the night on a shot from Mario Guizar. Just 2 minutes later the match was even at 2-2 when the Shadow replied on a goal from former Bellingham United player Rene Caro (on a penalty kick conversion.)

The second half was just as wild, with the Shadow taking a 3-2 lead  in the 55th on a goal from Cade Roske who followed a shot off the bar from Callan Martin. Tri-Cities kept up the fight and drew level at 3-3 when Lenin Guzman scored in the 67th.

The match calmed a bit as both sides tightened up in search of a winner. It came for Spokane in the 85th minute on a second goal from Jake Levine.

The match was broadcast locally on NBCRightNow.com. The win avenges an earlier 3-2 loss for the Shadow to the Lions back in Spokane in early May.

Spokane Shadow goals: Jake Levine (2), Rene Caro, Cade Roske

Tri-Cities Alliance goals: Ricky Chicas, Mario Guizar, Lenin Guzman.



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