The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
It’s looking a bit familiar in the PASL NW this weekend. The schedule features two rematches from just one week ago. In Tumwater the Pioneers will once again tangle with the division-leading South Sound Shock. In Bremerton the Kitsap Pumas will once again face Oregon Blacktails FC. Last week the Shock and Pumas scored blow-out wins against the same foes.
The Wenatchee Fire and Arlington Aviators were originally scheduled to play this weekend, but they agreed to alter their slate. Now the sides will play in Arlington on January 27th at 6:00 PM.
Marysville will enter rival territory Saturday night at Snohomish. The WSA Rapids have a bye this weekend.
In the professional ranks, the Tacoma Stars host the Anaheim Bolts Saturday and Sunday.
The Stars are back home needing wins to remain competitive in the PASL Pacific Division. Tacoma is 3-6 after nine matches. This weekend’s foe, the Anaheim Bolts, are ahead of the Stars with a 5-5 record. The two played an exciting 8:7 match in California recently, which the Bolts won.
PASL Premier Northwest Division Matches
The Kitsap Pumas exploded for 13 away goals last week in Salem. Player of the Week Pat Perkins was involved with seven of them (4 goals, 3 assists.) Now the Blacktails have to make the trip north for the rematch. The Pumas can come close to clinching a playoff spot with a win. Oregon is part of a pack of clubs in the middle of the table hoping late-season points can put them in the top four.
Something’s eventually gotta give, but perhaps not on this night. The undefeated Shock play the winless Pioneers again after last week’s 11:2 win by South Sound. The Shock are also close to a playoff clinch if they win. The Pios are playing for pride and a first-year breakthrough.
The Soccer Dome in Snohomish should have plenty of fans for both sides as neighbors the Ruckus and Skyhawks battle it out. The winner jumps ahead of the other as well as ahead of Arlington in the playoff race. The Skyhawks had a bye last week while the Ruckus were hosting and losing to Wenatchee.