Upcoming FCM Portland clash could decide NW Division

Winning on Saturday would keep Kitsap SC at home in NPSL playoff opener

Upcoming FCM Portland clash could decide NW Division

By Rob Shore

The old adage goes: Your biggest match is always the next one. In Kitsap Soccer Club’s case, that will be the literal truth.

When Kitsap SC hosts FCM Portland on Saturday at Bremerton’s Gordon Field, the postseason futures of both clubs could be determined. Either team would clinch the NPSL Northwest Division title with a victory on Sunday.

Kitsap SC (5-1-2) needs a draw on Saturday to clinch a playoff berth, but it will have grander ambitions in mind. A second-place finish in the Northwest Division means Kitsap would need to open the postseason away from home — possibly in California.

Winning the division guarantees a home playoff game in Kitsap SC’s inaugural season in the NPSL.

A draw against FCM Portland (6-3-0) could still be enough to win the division, with a home contest against PDX FC still to play next week.

That Saturday’s contest could decide the division spotlights the importance of Kitsap SC’s 3-2 victory over FCM Portland earlier this season. FCM Portland took a 2-0 lead at halftime, but Kitsap stormed back to tie with second-half goals from Joe Harris and Jorge Ruiz.

Ryan Hill’s goal in injury time took the critical three points in Portland.