While MLS is focused on tomorrow's championship game in Toronto and the beginning of the league's offseason next week, there's still soccer being played in other leagues and competitions that might be of interest to Puget Sound soccer fans. Dave recapped the Academy games played today, but here are some other results:
- After getting knocked out of the Gold Cup semifinals two weeks ago by Mexico (on their home soil) the US Women were on the verge of missing out on the 2011 World Cup for the first time in the history of the competition. To qualify, they'd have to win the third place match against Costa Rica and then win a two legged playoff with Italy. They took care of Costa Rica 3-0, and then this morning they took care of business in the first leg in Italy, when Cal forward Alex Morgan — the youngest player on the team — scored a goal in the dying seconds of the match to snatch a 1-0 victory. The home leg will be played next Saturday at Toyota Park in Chicago.
- The UW Huskies women also had an important game today in the NCAA tournament. After beating Oklahoma 4-0 in the first round they were matched up last weekend with arch-rival 2nd ranked Portland, who knocked them out in the second round last year. After taking a 1-1 draw into the second half, the Huskies withstood massive pressure from the Pilots — illustrated by the 15-2 shot differential in the half — to force overtime. Two scoreless overtime periods and 11 rounds of PKs were needed before the Huskies earned the win. Today they were matched up with 16th ranked UC Irvine in the round of 16 and it looked like the UW was going to go to penalties again as neither team could score in the driving rain, before Allie Beahan scored in the last minute of the second overtime to secure the win. The Huskies now move on to the Elite Eight, where they'll face 18th ranked Boston College next Saturday in Boston.
- This weekend also marked the second round of games in the new PASL-Pro indoor season. That's the highest level of indoor soccer in the country (sort of. Indoor is even more complicated than D2 outdoor soccer) and Northwest Washington has two teams competing this season (or three, if you count Wenatchee as part of Northwest Washington). Longtime indoor stalwarts Tacoma Stars are full members after playing last season in a provisional status and this season the Kitsap Pumas started an indoor team in the Frontier Division, which is a sort of holding division for prospective teams. Last week the two teams faced each other and Tacoma won 8-6. Tonight both teams had their second match. Tacoma faced the San Diego Soccers in San Diego and came away with a 6-8 loss. Meanwhile, the Pumas faced Wenatchee in Bremerton and beat the tar out of them 17-4. Tacoma has another game tomorrow in Tijuana while Kitsap is off until December