By Rob Shore
A new cross-sound soccer derby debuts tonight when Kent’s OSA FC comes to Gordon Field to meet Kitsap Soccer Club tonight in Bremerton, as the NPSL regular season continues.
With both Kitsap and OSA on four points, the winner of tonight’s matchup will go to the top of the table in the NPSL Northwest Division for the day. The top two in the division – PDX FC and Spokane SC Shadow – will meet on Sunday.
Kickoff between Kitsap and OSA will be at 7 p.m. Kids aged 5-15 will be admitted to the game for a special price of $1, and anyone who donates three cans of food at the gate will receive a free ticket for a future game.
“The thing about a 10-game season is that every game is important,” Kitsap associate head coach Liviu Bird said. “We don’t take any opponent lightly, because in this league, everybody comes to play. If you don’t come to battle, then you’re going to end up on the losing end of it.”
Kitsap (1-0-1) had a scare last Friday at FCM Portland, falling behind early, before three goals in the final 25 minutes resulted in a critical three points away from home. Ryan Hill scored the match-winner in injury time, turning home a cross from Chuy Sanchez.
OSA (1-1-1) earned three points at Pierce County FC, as two early goals held up to keep the King County team in the thick of the division chase.
It’s a new derby for both teams — Kitsap is in its first season in the NPSL, while OSA is in its third season of existence.
“Obviously, OSA is a big opponent,” Bird said. “It’s kind of a rivalry game where at home, we never want to drop points at home. For all those factors, it’s a big game, for sure.”