Last month we previewed an important weekend of PASL matches by intimating that whichever team won the Kitsap vs Tacoma contest was likely to make the playoffs, while the other was likely to be left out. Even though the teams were competing for separate playoff berths (Kitsap for the Frontier Division title and Tacoma for the PASL wild card) both needed the win to stay ahead of their respective chasers.
And it turned out we were right, though by a pretty circuitous route. The Stars emerged from that match winners by a narrow 4-3 scoreline. Kitsap went on to beat Wenatchee and finish 8-4, but division rivals Illinois Piasa won both of their final two games and finished 9-3 to edge out the Pumas and win the Frontier Division. Tacoma, meanwhile, used the win to take the driver’s seat in the wild card race, especially after they went on to beat Wenatchee to finish 10-6. Revolucion Tijuana lost to the San Diego Socker juggernaut and the Stars’ only rival was then the Detroit Waza, who had won their weekend game to go to 7-5, meaning they had 4 games in hand but had to win 3 to at least equal the Stars’ record.
That’s when things seemed to go a little sideways. Scheduling in lower-division US soccer (and the top level of indoor soccer is really lower-division soccer) is erratic at the best of times, and this didn’t seem to be the best of times. The large number of games in hand for Detroit so close to the end of the season apparently caused problems for the league, as they had to determine their playoff teams within just a few weeks and the Waza evidently didn’t have a full schedule. After Detroit 1-1 over their next 2 games, Winnipeg (of the CMISL) stepped in to be the opponent for Detroit’s final two games, to be played on the same day on March 6. But time had apparently run out and the league needed to play its playoff wild card game before then.
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