BREMERTON, WA — It’s been a long time since the Kitsap Pumas last tasted victory. 56 days, to be exact. The Bremerton club last won a PDL match on May 18 in Redmond, 1:0 over Washington Crossfire. On Wednesday night July 3 at Gordon Field the Pumas got their second win, this time 2:1 over the same foe. Their faint playoff dreams cling to life.
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Meanwhile, the club is in a good position to repeat as Ruffneck Cup Champions. The Puget Sound Derby is all tied up between the Pumas and Sounders U23. The two clubs play each other on July 13 at Gordon Field.
Kitsap dominated the first half with multiple clusters of chances, with no luck coming their way as balls were cleared by the Crossfire defense, or hit crossbars, or bounced off of legs.
In the second half Kitsap looked right away to be spreading the field more and becoming more patient on the attack. It paid off in a five-minute span when Ben Truax found a sharp angle after a barrage and slotted home the opening Kitsap goal in the 49th minute. Just a few minutes later the Pumas were again raging on goal. This time several crisp passes led to a shot that rebounded perfectly to Andrew Stirling just beyond the penalty box arc. Stirling struck a powerful shot that doubled the Pumas’ lead.
In the late going Washington stayed alive with an 83rd minute score from Nick James.
The Kitsap defense, which had given up a few leads during the winless streak, held this time, 2:1.
The match featured the third game for Washington Husky recruit Christian Roldan, last week’s goalWA.net Washington PDL player of the Week. He looked good, creating dangerous chances for himself and others. He’s small, but quick, smart and with great touch and awareness.
Kitsap is now 2-4-6 on the season with 12 standings points. Crossfire is 3-6-2 with 11.
The Pumas stay at home for another Ruffneck Cup battle at Gordon Field on Sunday July 7 against North Sound. Washington’s next match is Saturday night in Redmond against the first-place Victoria Highlanders.
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