By Rob Shore
Kitsap Soccer Club completed a perfect record away from home during the NPSL regular season and it knocking on the door of the postseason in its inaugural campaign.
Pierce County led 2-1 at halftime before second-half goals from Tyler LaCourse, Jorge Ruiz and Alvaro Macias proved the difference. Chuy Sanchez also scored for Kitsap, which earned its third straight victory.
Set up by a nifty cross from Romario Lomeli, Ruiz scored the go-ahead strike from 20 yards out for his team-leading third goal of the season. It pushed Kitsap to a perfect 5-0 record away from Bremerton’s Gordon Field this season.
The victory pushes Kitsap Soccer Club (5-1-2) to the brink of qualifying for the postseason in its inaugural NPSL campaign.
Kitsap needs one point over its last two games — home games against FCM Portland (Saturday) and PDX FC (July 12) — to clinch a top-two spot in the NPSL Northwest Division and qualify for the playoffs. Kitsap can clinch the Northwest Division title with a victory over FCM Portland on Saturday.
The loss ended a three-game unbeaten streak for Pierce County (1-5-2).