Stars, Shadow in all-out sprint for top spot in playoffs


The Seattle Stars and Spokane Shadow both won their matches on Sunday, keeping Seattle up by 3 points as the leaders battle for home pitch advantage all the way through the upcoming playoffs.


Havana Johnson, Spokane Shadow. (Shadow photo)


SPOKANE, WA—(Shadow release) The Spokane Shadow Women played well at both ends of the pitch for a second straight day as they bested Washington Premier South Sound 4-0 at the Spokane Polo Grounds on Sunday July 2nd.

The scoring opened in the 24th when Callie Best (Gonzaga U / Lakeside HS) struck paydirt from the top of the left side of the box on a ball from Havana Johnson (Lake City HS). Twelve minutes later a throw-in at midfield doubled the lead. Katie Greene (Mead HS) launched the ball over a pair of players to the the deeper positioned Best, who turned to run with the ball in stead of receiving it there. She took the ball and drove to the endline and then toward goal, drawing out the keeper before she dished it into the six to Kaelyn Barnes (Central Valley HS), who finished for the second tally.

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In the second half Greene created another score, this time taking the ball up the right side and launching a well-hit shot from the right flank of the box that forced a rebound from goalkeeper Morgan Mihelich that went directly to Kelsey Crosby (University HS) for an open goal finish in the 54th. Nine minutes later Bridget Rieken (Lake City HS) capped the scoring from the penalty spot after Riley Martinson (Deer Park HS) was fouled driving up the right edge of the box.

SPO: Callie Best (Havana Johnson) 24
SPO: Kaelyn Barnes (Calle Best, Katie Greene) 36
SPO: Kelsey Crosby 54
SPO: Bridget Rieken (pen) 63


Kelsey Crosby, Spokane Shadow. (Shadow photo)


EVERETT, WA—Fuerza FC battled the Seattle Stars right down to the final whistle on Sunday at Goddard Stadium but the first place club managed to claim a 2-1 win. Seattle took the lead in the 23rd minute on a goal from Alexis Krieger, her 5th of the season. Fuerza got even in the 50th minute on a goal from Espy Soriano-Sanchez. In the 69th minute the Stars got their winner from Sunshine Soriano who scored her third goal of the season. Seattle was kept at bay by the play of Fuerza goalkeeper Katarina Sanchez who made numerous saves to keep Fuerza in the match.

On Saturday the Shadow, Fuerza and Shock all notched wins as playoff-bound clubs.

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