The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
It might have only been a formality, but for the Kitsap Pumas at least it is done. The Pumas beat the Tumwater Pioneers on Saturday night January 26 to clinch a PASL NW playoff spot. The Arlington Aviators stayed alive in the playoff race and undefeated at home with a win over Oregon. In Bellingham the Rapids beat the Skyhawks in a match that also has playoff race implications.
Tumwater Pioneers 7:18 Kitsap Pumas
Cameron Stone scored five goals as the Kitsap Pumas routed the winless Pioneers in Tumwater. The Pumas are now tied on points with the Shock, and also hold a slight goal-differential advantage. However, South Sound has a match in hand as well as a head-to-head advantage over Kitsap. Tumwater Pioneers match report.
Arlington Aviators 8:5 Oregon Blacktails FC
For a second straight weekend the under-manned Blacktails put up a strong fight before falling on the road. This time Oregon traveled with eight players and eventually fell in Arlington. The Aviators evened their season mark at 3-3 on a hat trick from Jacobi Goodfellow, who also notched an assist. Jeff Renslo was a defensive stand-out in goal for the Aviators, who are undefeated at home and will host the Wenatchee Fire Sunday January 27. Russ Brown chipped in two goals for the home side’s cause. Wilson Tsoi match gallery.
WSA Rapids 7:4 Snohomish Skyhawks
The Rapids and Skyhawks battled in a match that could have seen Snohomish take command of the third playoff spot. Instead, Bellingham’s boys toughed out a win on two fourth-quarter goals from Gibson Beardsley. “ The man of the match for me, was Joel Grossman, whose intensity and quality soccer kept the guys going,” WSA head coach Mark Lackey told the team Facebook page.
Details will be posted as they become available. Updated table below. The top four clubs after 8 matches will qualify for the division playoffs.