PASL and PASL-Premier teams in Washington play this week in home and league openers.
by David Falk
The Tacoma Stars of the PASL will host the Phoenix Monsoon on Saturday December 3 at 7:00 PM and Sunday December 4 at 3:00 PM at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The Stars recently updated their club website to announce that all matches at Starfire are free this season. These are the home opening matches for Tacoma, who took a month off after losing two to the Turlock Express in California in November.
The South Sound Shock play their first-ever match in the PASL-Premier on Saturday night December 3rd at 7:00 PM in Bremerton (Olympic Soccer & Sports Center) against the Kitsap Pumas. The Pumas recently posted on their Facebook page that they have added 160 seats to the venue, allowing a capacity of near 500. Last season the Pumas drew sellout crowds in a smaller configuration.
The Shock have a roster posted on the league website, and we spoke with founder John Crouch about his team.
“We are really busy trying to get everything ready for the opener at Kitsap, jerseys are being printed, rosters are being worked out and we’re taking care of final registration for the team. We have some sponsorship commitments but we’d love any help we can get in this department.”
“Aside from the vets listed on the website, standouts that are new to our group we have been impressed with are Trent Pettibon (a guy that we didn’t expect to show us such hard work and skill development, he will play up front), Martin Griesse-Nascimento (a TCC center mid that has amazing foot skills and has a lot of potential to develop), Aaron Anderson (former Stars goalkeeper- he can save a shot and make a huge difference on the field), and Chaz Hassel (former Tacoma Stars midfield player that has developed and grown into what we believe can be a star on this team). As a side note, local Gig Harbor hero and Husky Legend Joe Jarzynka will be rostered on this team and will play as his schedule permits. Some of us have jobs and families!”
A version of the Shock has already seen a bit of competition, Crouch says.
“A team made up of mostly SSFC Shock players made the final at the Tacoma Soccer Center Thanksgiving Cup to play a team made up of all Tacoma Stars (with the exception of Chris Kintz- a former Stars player) and we lost 1-0. We killed 2 penalties in the 30 minute game and had numerous chances to score but failed to actually find the net. The game/tournament was great for us to try to solidify our team and find the things we need to work on this week before we go to Kitsap.”
This week’s Schedule:
Saturday December 3
South Sound Shock at Kitsap Pumas (7:00 PM, OSSC)
Snohomish Skyhawks at Wenatchee Fire (7:00 PM, WVS)
Marysville Ruckus FC at WSA Rapids (Bellingham, 7:00 PM, Sportsplex)
Phoenix Monsoon at Tacoma Stars (7:00 PM, Starfire Sports Complex)
Sunday, December 4
Phoenix Monsoon at Tacoma Stars (3:00 PM, Starfire Sports Complex)