The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
We are only three matches in to the 2012-13 PASL Premier NW Division season, but that is nearly half-way home. In a division decided by just eight matches each contest takes on double meaning. So it is that the 2-0-1 records (7 points) held by the Kitsap Pumas and South Sound Shock give them an advantage heading into the new year.
It’s all going to kick off with a bang, as the Shock visit the Pumas in Bremerton on January 5th. That same night the Snohomish Skyhawks visit the Arlington Aviators, the WSA Rapids are in Wenatchee against the Fire, and the Tumwater Pioneers have their long-awaited home opener against the Marysville Ruckus. Oregon Blacktails FC are the club with a bye.
Here are a few items of note so far in league play:
The top four teams after eight matches will make the playoffs. Then it will be #1 hosting #4 and #2 hosting #3 on February 15 with the winners moving on to the division final on Sunday the 17th at the home of the highest remaining seed. That match winner is the division champion and represents the PASL NW in the national playoffs.
The current standings show that all clubs are still alive for a top-four finish, but the door will be closing fast as the weeks quickly tick off to eight matches played.