The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
The South Sound Shock have clinched top seed in the PASL NW after an 8:3 win on Saturday night in Salem over Oregon Blacktails FC. In Bremerton the Kitsap Pumas dealt the Snohomish Skyhawks a playoff race blow, 11:6. In Bellingham the WSA Rapids moved into a playoff spot with a 12:2 victory over the Marysville Ruckus.
The Kitsap Pumas are the first to finish their 8-match schedule, and have completed the regular season with a 6-1-1 record and 19 points. The Shock of South Sound are 6-0-1 with a match to play, and also on 19 points. However South Sound owns the tiebreaker over Kitsap due to a win earlier in the season in Bremerton.
Green=Division top seed. Yellow=clinched playoff spot.
The WSA Rapids have jumped up to third place and right now hold a playoff spot along with the Arlington Aviators. All of that could change a bit after the league closes out the season on February 10. That is when the Wenatchee Fire will host the Tumwater Pioneers to round out the campaign ( in a rescheduled match.)
The top four clubs qualify for the post-season.
Here are the league tiebreaker rules:
a) Head to head results (if applicable)
b) Head to head goal differential (if applicable)
c) Head to head goals for (if applicable)
d) Best winning percentage in division (if applicable)
e) Division goal differential (if applicable)
f) Division goals for (if applicable)
g) Best winning percentage in conference (if applicable)
h) Conference goal differential (if applicable)
i) Conference goals for (if applicable)
j) Coin Flip
Who owns tiebreakers?
The Rapids own the tiebreaker over the Aviators and Fire. They split during the season but WSA won the goal differential. The Rapids beat the Skyhawks 7:4 in their first match, so a win or tie on Feb.9 at the SoccerDome against Snohomish would clinch a berth for WSA. The Skyhawks own the tiebreaker over the Aviators, but Wenatchee owns the tiebreaker over the Skyhawks. Arlington’s only way in is to tie or beat the Fire. Snohomish can get in if they beat the Rapids by more than three goals and Wenatchee finishes with less than 12 points. Wenatchee is in for sure if they get a win and draw, or a win and a Rapids loss.
Here are the playoff-important matches left to play:
February 9: Arlington Aviators at Wenatchee Fire, WSA Rapids at Snohomish Skyhawks.
February 10: Tumwater Pioneers at Wenatchee Fire