The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
Week five of Premier Arena Soccer League Northwest action is sure to melt the ice off of soccer centers around the state of Washington and beyond. The PASL NW has another set of four high-quality matches that will further define the race for a top four position and a playoff spot. See this weekend’s matches below!
PASL NW Matches for Saturday, January 12th, 2013
Kitsap Pumas at Oregon Blacktails FC, 7 PM Cascade Indoor Soccer Center (Salem)
The expansion Oregon Blacktails FC have not played a PASL season match since December 15th. The Kitsap Pumas played last week and fell at home to the first-place South Sound Shock. The roads could make the Kitsap trip to Salem, Oregon tricky. When they get there, the Pumas will know a few faces on the opposing side. The Blacktails stocked their roster with a few outdoor players from the Timbers U-23′s, a rival of the Pumas in the PDL.
The WSA Rapids are desperate to break their three-match losing streak and stay alive for a playoff spot. The last time these two met history was made as the Aviators claimed their first franchise win 6:5 in Arlington. Expect the Rapids to remember that and to try to establish home dominance of their own. (WSA Facebook preview)
Two South Sound rivals collide going in opposite directions as the undefeated Shock play the winless Pioneers. Both sides are familiar with playing in Tumwater as the Shock alternate between there and Gig Harbor. The clubs will play again next week at the same venue, with the Shock listed as hosts on January 19th. (Tumwater match preview)
Two up and coming sides will clash when the Fire take on the Ruckus. Both sport 2-2 records and both are on two-match winning streaks after starting the season 0-2. Marysville has already topped last season’s one win, and the Fire can match their three wins of a year ago.