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.
The 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.