Big second half lifts Kitsap over PDX

First loss for Portland side creates logjam atop Northwest division

Kitsap win over PDX makes for crowd at top of division

By Rob Shore
Kitsapsoccerclub.com

Kitsap Soccer Club got second-half goals from Tony Mota and Nico D’Amato en route to a 2-1 comeback victory over PDX FC on Thursday night at Lakeridge High School on Lake Oswego, Oregon.

The victory pushes Kitsap SC to seven points, putting it even with NPSL Northwest Division leaders PDX and OSA FC. Further congesting the table are FCM Portland and Spokane SC Shadow, each with six points.

PDX’s Erick Urzua gave the home side the lead in the second half, heading home a free kick from close range in the 62nd minute.

But Kitsap — which has done the bulk of its scoring in the second half this season — scored off corner kicks in the 64th minute and 72nd minute to take over in the final minutes.

Associate head coach Liviu Bird said Kitsap’s commitment to playing their game eventually paid off. He said the team was more secure playing the ball out of the back and more committed defensively.

“We kept playing the way we wanted to play,” Bird said. “There was no panic. Eventually it turned into the result we wanted.”

Kitsap will have a short recovery before its next contest, a rare Sunday game, hosting NPSL expansion team Pierce County FC at Bremerton’s Gordon Field.

“We’re happy with the progress,” Bird said. “It was a big step forward, and we hope to continue that on Sunday.”

Elsewhere in the division this weekend, FCM Portland hosts Spokane Shadow on Saturday — if either team wins, it would take over the division points lead — and PDX FC hosts OSA FC on Sunday.