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On Saturday, May 18, the Spokane Shadow FC defeated the Vancouver Island FC by the score of 2-0 in the Women’s Premier Soccer League.

It was both Spokane’s and Vancouver Island’s inaugural game as a franchise in the WPSL.

“Winning our first ever WPSL game at home was massive for us,” Shadow coach Kevin Moon said. “Never having played a game at this level, we were unsure of what to expect. We were very happy with the result and our overall performance.”

The goals came at the 26 and 85-minute marks by Megan Lindsay and Chloe Williams, respectively. In on the play for the Lindsay goal was Julie deTar, who set her teammate up with a smart cross in deep. Lindsay, got in on the Williams goal as well for a two-point night.

Vancouver Island had several good chances to score in the second half, once they were over the first-game nerves, however, failed to convert.

“Our collective goal is to learn about the league and to learn about each other,” Moon said. “We recognize that the WPSL is a step up in competition to what we saw in the past, so we know we will be facing well-coached teams with high-quality players in every game we play.”

VIFC’s next game is Sunday, May 26 in Seattle against the Seattle Sounders Women, who have yet to play so far this season.

This is the inaugural season of the premier level women’s soccer team from Vancouver Island. The franchise was announced on October 4, 2018. The WPSL is the largest premier women’s soccer league in the world with 112 teams throughout the US, Puerto Rico and now in Canada.