The Spokane Shadow have been crushing NWPL opposition all season long and now they have a distinct advantage over the only team to beat them. Sunday the South Sound Shock dropped two home points in a nil-nil draw with Seattle Stars at Curtis High School in University Place.
The single standings point earned by the Shock puts them even with Spokane at 21 points each. However, the Shadow have played one fewer match (8), further, they hold the first tiebreaker:
1. Total Number of Wins
2. Head-to-Head Points
3. Goal Differential (GD) – between the tied teams – not weighted home/away goals.
4. Goals For (GF)
5. Road Goal Differential
6. Road Goals For
7. Home Differential
8. Home Goals For
9. Coin Toss (2 teams) or Drawing of Lots (3 or more teams)
The Shadow have 7 wins. The Shock have 6 wins – and 3 draws. Those draws could cost them the title even if they beat the Shadow again on Saturday July 30 when the two sides meet again in Spokane.
Here are the remaining schedules:
June 25 @ Twin City Union
July 16 @ Seattle Stars
July 17 @ Fuerza FC
July 30 South Sound
June 26 Yakima United
July 10 @ Fuerza FC
July 30 @ Spokane Shadow
The NWPL adopted the rules of the Evergreen Premier League, and thus also the tiebreaker system above. It means that the Shadow’s “magic win total” is 10. If they win 3 of their final four matches it doesn’t matter what South Sound does – including sweeping Spokane in the season series.
Hopefully the first season will be decided without using any of the tiebreakers, but South Sound can look directly at their three draws ( 1-1 and 0-0 against Seattle, 0-0 with Twin City Union) as the reason they are now on the outside looking in, needing to win out AND get help along the way from Shadow opponents.
South Sound beat the Shadow 2-1 in Lakewood on May 15 to give Spokane their only loss of the season.