In the second half of their two-game trips, the Shadow First Teams came up just shy of a weekend sweep with the Women’s First Team downing host Fuerza 3-1 in Marysville, Washington, and the Men’s First Team falling 2-1 at Bellingham, losing on the road for the first time in three seasons as a member of the EPLWA.
Despite playing a fresh Fuerza side that did not play the day before, the Shadow controlled the contest and allowed very few chances for the hosts.
The Shadow WFT now only have the season finale left on the slate as they are idle next week. They will be celebrating the league title at home at SFCC on July 30 against second-place South Sound.
The Shadow men trailed Bellingham 1-0 at the break on a stoppage time tally. The two sides, locked in a heated battle in the chase to catch Vancouver for the title, remained deadlocked until the 81st minute on a cross that was headed in by Bellingham.
With three minutes left, Fernando Alvarez put Spokane back in reach on a ball from Michael Mollay. His initial shot was denied by a defender, but the rebound came back to him and he knocked it past the keeper off his thigh.
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