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Monday, March 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spiders earn first win

The Spokane Spiders scored three unanswered goals in the second half to rally for a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Wolves in Premier Development League men’s soccer action Saturday night at Greyhound Park in Post Falls.

An ejection proved to be the catalyst the Spiders needed en route to their first victory of the season after opening with a pair of home losses.

Casey Cunningham staked Seattle to a 1-0 lead just three minutes into the game and the Wolves made it stand up for the next 49 minutes. Momentum shifted in the 53rd minute when Cunningham was ejected for a hard foul on Spokane’s Ben Rotert.

Grant Falco took a crossing pass from Dan Philp and sent the ball through keeper Chris Blaise’s legs into the net to knot the score at 1 at the 60-minute mark. Zach Smith scored to put the Spiders up 2-1 in the 76th minute, and Mitch Weller’s breakaway goal in the 91st minute sealed the victory.

Spokane keeper Josh Peck finished with six saves, while Blaise stopped nine.

The Spiders hit the road for five straight games, with the first stop in Portland on Friday. They return home June 5 to host Yakima.

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