Week One Recap: Spokane’s Unbeaten Road Trip Highlights Busy Weekend


Spokane Shadow 1, Washington Premier 0

Caiden Fickenscher broke a scoreless tie in the 68th minute on a pass from Michael Rojas and goalkeeper Peter Byrne kept a clean sheet in the Spokane Shadow’s surprising road win over defending league champion Washington Premier on Saturday afternoon at the Washington Premier Complex.

Spokane Shadow goal: Caiden Fickenscher
Washington Premier goal: None

PacNW SC 7, Oly-Pen Force 2

PacNW kept quiet about their roster leading up to week one and then rolled out the EPLWA’s all-time leading goal scorer, Tyler Bjork, who added two more goals to his total and assisted on two other goals in their 7-2 win over the Oly-Pen Force on Saturday afternoon at Gordon Field. Five other Pac players scored including brothers Mumbi and Mutanda Kwesele. Gilbert de la Luz scored for the Force who got their second goal on a Cory Keitz own goal.

PacNW SC goals: Tyler Bjork (2), Gil Manav, Mumbi Kwesele, Mutanda Kwesele, Vincent Nguyen, Sean Russell
Oly-Pen Force: Gilbert de la Luz, PacNW Own Goal

Yakima United 2, Tri-Cities Alliance 2

In the back-and-forth battle of I-82, Yakima jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Fredy Rodriguez in the 16th minute before Hector Magana equalized for Tri-Cities just five minutes later. Williams Pineda broke the 1-1 tie in the 39th minute and Yakima took a 2-1 lead into the break. Vincent Flores tied the game 2-2 with a goal in the 73rd minute and that scoreline would hold and the Hoppers and Lions each earned a point at Yakima Valley College on Saturday afternoon.

Yakima United goals: Fredy Rodriguez (’16), Williams Pineda (’39)
Tri-Cities Alliance goals: Hector Magana (’21), Vincent Flores (’73)

Seattle Stars 3, Oly Town Artesians 2

The Seattle Stars built a 3-1 lead and then weathered an Oly Town Artesians storm over the final ten minutes to take a 3-2 road win at Black Hills High School on Saturday evening. Aty Taylor got the Stars on the board first with a goal just before the end of the first half. Oly equalized in the 52nd minute on a goal by Christian Segovia but Seattle had the answer just two minutes later when Andrei Marina scored to give the Stars a 2-1 lead. Quinn Fahling scored an insurance goal in the 72nd minute, which turned out to be the game winning goal. Geovanny Vazquez got the Artesians within one in stoppage time but the Stars held on fending off a few more Oly chances late.

Seattle Stars goals: Aty Taylor (’43), Andrei Marina (’54), Quinn Fahling (’72)
Oly Town Artesians goals: Christian Segovia (’52), Geovanny Vazquez (’90+)


Vancouver Victory 1, Spokane Shadow 1

Caden Beck put the Vancouver up 1-0 in the 30th minute in their season opener at the Harmony Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon and the Victory took a 1-0 lead into the break. But Spokane equalized on Michael Rojas’ goal in the 62nd minute and the Shadow finished off an unbeaten road trip with a 1-1 draw. Peter Byrne played the whole game for the Shadow and allowed just one goal in their two games.

Vancouver Victory goal: Caden Beck (’30)
Spokane Shadow goal: Michael Rojas (’63)

Bellingham United 2, Oly Town Artesians 1

After a scoreless first half, Eleazar Galvan broke the scoreless tie in the 65th minute and then Olegario Orozco scored the game winner in stoppage time to give Bellingham United a 2-1 win in their season opener at Civic Stadium in Bellingham. Surf Wodajo scored in the 83rd minute to tie the game at 1-1 and Oly looked to have the upper hand until getting caught on a counter-attack and giving up the game winner. Bellingham held off a pressing Artesians attack in an extended stoppage time period to take the victory.

Bellingham United goals: Eleazar Galvan (’65), Olegario Orozco (’90+)
Oly Town Artesians goal: Surafel Wodajo (’83)

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