The Spokane Shadow clinched the 2016 Northwest Premier League title last weekend on the road and leading the way was local player (Colbert, WA) Marissa Mykines. She was in control of the storyline, driving the Shadow to two wins and their first trophy. For her performances Mykines has been named Player of the Week in the NWPL for July 17, 2016.
Mykines played her youth soccer with the Shadow before heading off to the University of Illinois. Since graduating she has been listed with the US National Women’s Team and has played for the Spokane Black Widows (Women’s Premier Soccer League), Vancouver Whitecaps and Bay Area Breeze in the former W-League.
Last weekend in Tukwila and Marysville the Shadow claimed 4-0 (Seattle Stars) and 3-1 (Fuerza FC) wins that lifted them to the title. Mykines was directly involved in all four goals Saturday and then scored again Sunday while playing a significant amount of minutes.
“Our team sees Marissa’s impact in every game we play,” says Shadow Head Coach Kevin Moon. “While she may not have scored as many goals as other in our league I think she is one of the most consistent and impactful players that we have. She has been an outstanding role model for the high school development players on our roster and is always encouraging and providing words of encouragement. She shows her leadership in the way she trains, plays and interacts with the rest of our team. I am very excited that she has been selected as Northwest Premier League Player of the Week.”
Needing just two points to lock up the championship in the debut season of the Northwest Premier League, the Shadow Womens First Team dominated the Stars at Starfire Complex behind the efforts of Marissa Mykines, who played a role in all four goals. She found Tiara Pittman-Thomas, who deftly finishes for the opener. Her shot in the 56th was saved, allowing Sarah Cox to put away the rebound. Ten minutes later she tallied herself on a great individual effort, beating two defenders and ripping from the top of the arc. A fantastic low cross from the low cross les to the final goal when a defender deflected it into her own goal.
On Sunday in Marysville, with firm control of the match, Mykines locked things up around the hour mark, finishing a ball from Tiara Pittman-Thomas in the middle of the box.