NPSL This Week: May 15-21

PDX FC wins its second straight to take control, while OSA FC misses a chance to go level

NPSL This Week: PDX grabs early edge, Spokane earns two draws

By Rob Shore

Kitsap Soccer Club made its debut in the National Premier Soccer League last week, hosting another league debutant in a 1-1 draw against Spokane Shadow on Saturday, but Portland’s PDX FC made itself the league leader after two weeks with its second straight victory. And OSA FC bowed out of the U.S. Open Cup, fallling to Reno 1868 FC on penalties.

RENO 1868 OUSTS OSA FC FROM US OPEN CUP: After OSA FC made a historic run to the second round of the U.S. Open Cup, Reno 1868 dumped the Kent side out on Wednesday at Starfire Sports Complex, 4-3 in a penalty-kick shootout. Eli Gordley gave OSA the lead in the 17th minute, but Reno’s Dembakwi Yomba leveled the score 12 minutes later, setting the stage for penalties. Reno’s Junior Burgos scored the clincher, after goalkeeper Russell Klabough made a pair of saves.

OSA FC BOUNCES BACK AGAINST FCM PORTLAND: Resuming their NPSL schedule two days after falling out of the U.S. Open Cup, OSA FC earned three points on the road in a 2-0 victory over FCM Portland on Friday. Matt Shaxton converted a penalty in the 69th minute, and Steve Pirotte added an insurance goal in the 83rd minute to lift OSA – briefly lifting the side level on points with first-place PDX FC.

PDX EARNS LATE WINNER, TAKES CONTROL OF DIVISION: Brennan Weber scored the go-ahead goal in the 88th minute, lifting first-year side PDX to a 2-1 victory over Pierce County on Saturday at Clackamas High School. The victory sent PDX to six points on the season for an early edge in the NPSL Northwest Division. Jacob Young got the Portland side on the scoresheet in the 65th minute, but Pierce County responded in the 80th minute when Christian Giuffrida found the net.

SPOKANE EARNS SECOND DRAW; OSA MISSES OPPORTUNITY: Spokane Shadow earned its second draw in two days against Puget Sound sides with a 1-1 draw against OSA FC on Sunday at Starfire (Spokane drew 1-1 against Kitsap SC on Saturday). Dana Kowachek scored late on a cross from Jared Davis for Spokane to earn the draw. The late goal denied OSA an opportunity to go even with PDX FC with six points at the top of the NPSL Northwest Division.



Friday’s game

KITSAP SC at FCM Portland, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

Spokane Shadow SC at Pierce County FC, 7 p.m.