By Rob Shore
Kitsap Soccer Club makes its National Premier Soccer League debut this week, but four other teams got a head start on the season last week with their league openers. And OSA FC – the only member of the NPSL’s Northwest Division in the U.S. Open Cup – made the most of its opener against the Sounders FC U-23 squad.
PDX FIRST HALF ONSLAUGHT STAGGERS OSA: PDX FC scored three first-half goals, two by Bennett Lehner, in a 3-1 victory over OSA FC at Portland’s Hillsboro Stadium, as PDX won its first match in the NPSL. Nick Evans chipped over the keeper for a score in the 13th minute, followed by Lehner’s strikes in the 26th and 36th minutes as PDX (1-0-0) opened up an advantage that was never seriously challenged. Hamza Haddoui converted a penalty just before halftime to get OSA (0-1-0) on the scoresheet.
FCM PORTLAND SPOILS PIERCE COUNTY FC’S DEBUT: Cameron La Fleur scored in the sixth minute, setting the tone as FCM Portland played spoiler in Pierce County’s inaugural match in the NPSL with a 2-1 victory at Bonney Lake High School in Bonney Lake. Matthew Sanchez added a goal in the 47th minute for FCM Portland (1-0-0), newly rebranded after having previously been known as Portland Spartans FC. Christian Giuffrida scored in the 88th minute for Pierce County FC (0-1-0), which saw Diego Zannoni sent off early in the second half.
OSA FC TOPS SOUNDERS FC U-23 IN U.S. OPEN CUP: Kent’s OSA FC needed 120 minutes and a penalty-kick shootout to advance into the second round of the U.S. Open Cup, defeating Sounders FC U-23 5-3 in penalty kicks, following a scoreless regulation time and two periods of extra time Wednesday. OSA keeper stopped Macauley King’s attempt, which proved to be the difference. OSA FC will move on to host Reno’s 1868 FC of the USL at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila on May 17.
OSA FC at FCM Portland, 7 p.m.
Spokane Shadow SC at KITSAP SC, 7 p.m.
Pierce County FC at PDX FC, 7 p.m.