Derek Zimmerman and Mike Ramos scored after halftime to build a 2-0 lead and Spokane held on for a 2-1 win over host Vancouver (Washington) Victory FC on Thursday night.
Coupled with South Sound’s 2-0 defeat to Seattle, the Shadow now control their destiny with three games remaining in the Evergreen Premier League season.
The Shadow (7-2-2, 23 points) travel to Yakima today before closing the season with home fixtures against Seattle and Wenatchee next weekend. Spokane can finish ahead of South Sound (8-3-1, 25 points) and Vancouver (8-4-1, 25 points) with wins in its final three games and would win the inaugural league title in that scenario.
Derek Bayley’s run at the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship fell just short of the championship round, but not before the Rathdrum-area golfer mustered a huge quarterfinal comeback to earn a spot in the semifinals at Pullman’s Palouse Ridge Golf Course.
Bayley battled back from a four-hole deficit at the turn against Mukilteo’s Christopher Hatch to even the match on the 14th hole and force extra holes before making eagle on the par-4 second hole to advance.
Cole Madey of West Linn, Oregon, survived another late eagle from Bayley on the par-4 15th hole and birdied No. 16 to win their semifinal match 3 and 2, eliminating Bayley and advancing to today’s final round.
Madey will face James Beale of Auckland, New Zealand, for the tournament crown.
• Peter Sisich of Spokane carded a 66 to find himself in second place in the professional flight at the Lilac City Invitational tournament at Fairways GC in Cheney.
Jason Humphrey of Coos Bay, Oregon, fired an opening-round 63 for the lead and Kevin PomArleau of Wenatchee is third after shooting 67.
Play continues today and concludes Sunday.
• Rebecca Mallo of Spokane saw her run at the Pacific Northwest Women’s Mid-Amateur end on the 18th hole in the quarterfinal round. Mallo was defeated 1-up by Molly Edmunds of Portland at the Lewiston Golf and Country Club.
Brie Stone of Veneta, Oregon, and Seattle’s Amanda Jacobs will contest today’s championship match at the same course.