ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia – Dustin Allbery scored three goals and the Spokane Shadow withstood the ejection of head coach Kieran Barton en route to a 4-3 victory over the Abbotsford Rangers in Premier Development League soccer action on Sunday.
Elliot Fauske assisted on Allbery’s first goal in the first minute of the match, but he picked up a red card in the 16th minute after a scuffle on the field. That left Spokane with only 10 players for the final 74 minutes.
“We were forced to outwork them,” said Barton, who was booted in the 67th minute. “Playing shorthanded for such a long time is obviously more physically demanding than normal.”
Spencer Schmidt pulled the Rangers even with a goal in the 20th minute and the score remained 1-1 until the second half.
Abbotsford took a 2-1 lead six minutes after the break when Jordan Langelaar scored off of a Sean Crocker corner kick.
Allbery scored a minute later to make it 2-2, taking a cross from Brett Hite.
Jason Jorgenson put the Rangers up 3-2, scoring in the 71st minute with an assist from Schmidt.
But the Shadow bounced back with a pair of goals over a five-minute span to wrap up the victory.
Allbery finished off his hat trick with a free-kick goal in the 79th minute and Jake Moug scored the game-winner in the 84th minute thanks to Hite’s second assist of the match.
“Despite being shorthanded, it was just a matter of time before we started scoring against these guys,” said Barton. “You’re always fortunate when you win shorthanded.”
The loss dropped last-place Abbotsford to 2-13 on the season.
Spokane improved to 9-4 on the year, including 6-0 against the Rangers.
The Shadow host the first-place Cascade Surge on Saturday in their final home game of the regular season. Game time at Albi Stadium is 7 p.m.
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