The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
It wasn’t a very good night for the PDL in general, as seven clubs from the league lost in the first round, including the Portland Timbers U-23′s.
In Bremerton Jeff Graham of the Kitsap Sun reports on the match, and his quote from head coach James Ritchie of the Pumas pretty much sums it up:
“Not good enough. Without a doubt, not good enough.”
It was a match where the Cal FC tactic of tight defensive pressure caused the Pumas all kinds of problems. The Kitsap club was bogged down in midfield turnovers and couldn’t create space to move forward or hold possession. When the Pumas did manage to get it into the Cal FC box, they looked dangerous, but couldn’t finish.
Eventually the Pumas scored to pull the match to within 2:1, but then Danny Medina was sent off with a red card and Kitsap surrendered a counter-attack goal to end things at 3:1.
North Kitsap native Zack Sampson left the match with a head wound early in the second half. (See photo at top).
Cal FC 3:1 Kitsap Pumas Bremerton Memorial Stadium – Bremerton, Wash.
CAL: Danny Barrera 44
CAL: Danny Barrera 66
KIT: Matt Friesen (Ben Truax) 72
CAL: Artur Aghasyan 86
Discipline: KIT: Danny Medina – caution 50, Zack Sampson – caution 56, Medina – ejection 80
Lineups: CAL FC: Carrillo; Espinoza Gonzalez, Navarro, Randolph, Arreola (Caceres 46), Danny Barrera (cap), Diego Barrera, Cruz (Samaniego 62), Manjivar, Aghasyan
KITSAP: Dustyn Brim; Danny Medina, Justin Robbins, Stephen Mohn, Matt Friesen, Christopher Bettencourt, Kyle Johnson, Ben Truax, Greg Miley, Daniel MacLeod (Daniel Fabian 46), Zack Sampson