The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
After a nil-nil match on Friday with Vancouver it got worse for the Pumas on Sunday as they were kicked 3:0 by the Victoria Highlanders at Memorial Stadium.
The Kitsap Pumas had never been shut out twice in a row at home, nor had they ever lost a PDL match by three goals. A sub-par weekend of results sees the club scratching their collective heads and needing a quick regroup to keep simply making the playoffs in focus. Sunday’s 3:0 home loss to the Victoria Highlanders happened on a first half free kick by Sasa Plavsic (see video) and first and second half goals by Highlanders veteran Jordie Hughes. Match Photos can be viewed at Facebook.com/goalWA.
“It’s frustrating,” coach James Ritchie told the Kitsap Sun in their match coverage. ”It’s annoying because I think we outplayed that team for the majority of the game. And we come away without a point. But credit to Victoria. They played well.”
The Pumas just didn’t have any answers this weekend, despite the juggling head coach James Ritchie tried to do with the line-up. Enrique Hidalgo started at forward alongside Ben Truax, but neither played well or had many scoring chances. Taylor Hyde returned on defense after a lengthy injury period. Drew Jensen played the entire second half on Sunday.
Kitsap stays in first place for time being, but loses ground on matches in-hand. The three sides directly behind the Pumas have all played one or two fewer.
The Pumas host second-place Washington Crossfire Friday night June 29th at Memorial Stadium as their five-match homestand continues.
The Pumas may have depth issues going forward. Midfielder Elliot Fauske got a second yellow card in stoppage time and will miss the Crossfire contest. Midfielder and leading scorer Matt Friesen left the match with an injury, as did defender Danny Medina.