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Picture Perfect: Pumas and Aviators by Wilson Tsoi

The University of Washington women's basketball team plays #3 Stanford at Alaska Airlines Arena on February 9, 2014

ARLINGTON, WA — The Kitsap Pumas and Arlington Aviators met in a battle for first place in the PASL NW North last Saturday.

That is just what it was…a battle.

In the end the Pumas won 7-4 and took the division. The Aviators are in the playoffs with a second-place finish. They will play the Tacoma Galaxy in the first round. Kitsap will play the winner of the South Sound / Yamhill County match. Eventually one club will be left standing and head to nationals.

Wilson Tsoi was at the match and his first batch of photos was getting quite a bit of social media buzz. Now we can share all 89 shots, and they only add to the drama Tsoi captured.

The long-term arena soccer future of both the Pumas and Aviators is a bit unclear. Arlington’s soccer center is up for sale while Kitsap mulls whether or not they want to remain in the indoor business, or concentrate on their growing youth program and building their outdoor squad.

In a bit of irony, the LOGO WARS final four will pit the Pumas logo against the Aviators crest in the semifinals. Another battle.

Here’s hoping both clubs are around in 2015 to build on what could be a fierce indoor rivalry.

See Tsoi’s complete gallery here.

The University of Washington women's basketball team plays #3 Stanford at Alaska Airlines Arena on February 9, 2014The University of Washington women's basketball team plays #3 Stanford at Alaska Airlines Arena on February 9, 2014The University of Washington women's basketball team plays #3 Stanford at Alaska Airlines Arena on February 9, 2014

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The University of Washington women's basketball team plays #3 Stanford at Alaska Airlines Arena on February 9, 2014Kitsap Pumas top Arlington Aviators 7-4, Feb 8, 2014The University of Washington women's basketball team plays #3 Stanford at Alaska Airlines Arena on February 9, 2014

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3 thoughts on “Picture Perfect: Pumas and Aviators by Wilson Tsoi

  1. Pictures do not tell the full story. I was at the match. An Arlington player did not like one of the calls after his teammate was blue carded so he was talking and yelling at the ref, who then yellow carded him. He still continued jawing so he got red carded. He then bumped into the ref and then the other one. Another teammate had to pull him away. Late in the match, there was a scrum in front of the Pumas net and a few of the Arlington players came off the bench to intervene. Those guys did not get carded for that. Also during the match, there was incorrect fouls ccounted for each team with the home team having one less than thewere suppose to have and the visitors had one more counted than what they had actually occured. There was more as well but I will keep it off the public boards – for now .

  2. The refs had trouble thruought the night including deciding where to place the ball after the ball went into the net, out of play, etc as well as other times during the match. It was almost as if they were consulting a magic 8 ball to make descisions. ;)

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