Eighteen-year-old Jake Levine lit up the visiting Kitsap Pumas in a three-goal performance that was nearly more as he helped lead the Spokane Shadow First Team to a 5-0 National Premier Soccer League victory at the Spokane Shadow Complex Saturday afternoon.
The onslaught against Kitsap started early as the Shadow scored two quick goals in the opening eight minutes and continued to pepper former Shadow youth product Cody Lang, who was besieged on the day.
Levine scored his first just four minutes after the opening whistle when Mike Ramos swung a ball into the box, finding the head of the Shadow youth alum. Levine nodded it across the goal and into the side netting just out of the Lang’s reach. Four minutes later a pair of defenders put the squad up two. Noah Chapleski connected on a cross wide from the left with JD Michael, who collected on the right side and quickly fired home.
A corner kick from Jesse Retan a minute before the break made the lead three for the intermission. The perfect service was headed in again by Levine into the top left of the goal. He finished the hat trick nine minutes into the second half when Ramos slipped him in behind the defense. The Northwest Nazarene freshman took a touch at the top of the box and then placed a low shot with pace into the bottom right of the goal.
Levine now has five goals in four games with the First Team.
Chase Reidt, who scored four goals in the first three games before going without on the two-game trip last week, capped the contest with a strike in the 78th via Eric Espinoza.
Bryan Hernandez also finished with his third consecutive shutout.
Contributor: Gerald Barnhart/Spokane SC Shadow
Photo Credit: Gerald Barnhart and Erik Smith/Spokane SC Shadow