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Kitsap ready to keep things rolling against Sounders U-23 on Friday

Pumas_logoBREMERTON, WA — (Kitsap Pumas release) The first half of the season has gone quite well for the Kitsap Pumas.

They hope to continue that run for the second half of the season as they square off against the Sounders U-23 Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Gordon Field.

It will be Military Appreciation Night, with all active military getting $5 off with a military ID. The Navy Brass Band also performs at half time.

Head coach Andrew Chapman said the club has played well over the first half.

“We’re at the top of the (USL PDL Northwest Division) table and we haven’t lost a game yet,” he said. “We feel pretty good right now where the season has started with the potential of where we can finish. We’re healthy and the guys are in a good mindset going into the match.”

The Pumas are at the top of the division with a 4-0-3 record thanks to its strong defensive play, as they’ve given up just three goals over the first seven games.

Goalkeeper Matt Grosey is statistically ranked in the top 10 over several categories for goalkeepers in the PDL. He’s tied for fourth in goalkeeper minutes, second in goalkeeper wins, tied for second in goalkeeper ties and first in shutouts with four, with a goals allowed average of just .50 a match.

The defense of Cory Keitz, Brodie Steigerwald, Rene DeZorzi, Cody Shelton and Andy Devlin have been impressive as well in helping Grosey earn those clean sheets. Collectively, they haven’t given up a goal in 298 minutes of overall play and 349 minutes of play at home.

They’ll be going up against a hot team in the Sounders U-23 (3-2-0), who lost their first two matches of the season, then ripped off a three match winning streak to go third in the division. Three former Pumas are on the current Sounders U-23 roster, including Steve Mohn, who was the first player ever signed to the club and was a big part of the back line for four years, winning the 2011 USL PDL national championship alongside Mark Lee, another key player in defense for the club for the first three years. Eli Gordley, who played for Kitsap for the first two years, is also on the roster.

The match will also feature forward Jordan Morris for the Sounders, who joins the club after completing his freshman season at Stanford.

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The Mercer Island, Washington native is one of the top prospects for the U.S. national team. He’s played for the U-18 and the U-21 national team and was named to the All Pac-12 team. He signed with the club in the offseason.

Though its unsure if he’ll play against the Pumas – the Sounders U-23 said he will play against the Portland Timbers U23 on Sunday - Chapman said they won’t get caught up in worrying about him too much.

The match will also figure into the Ruffneck Cup standings, as either team could tie or leapfrog the Puget Sound Gunners FC for the lead.

The Pumas have never lost a derby trophy. They beat the then Tacoma Tide three straight years for the Narrows Bridge Bell, then they’ve won back to back Ruffneck Cups when the competition was changed as the Tide became the Sounders U-23 and was expanded to include the then North Sound Sea Wolves (now the Puget Sound Gunners) and the Washington Crossfire.

Tickets are available at the Pumas’ front office, by calling 360-377-6008, or at the ticket booth at Gordon Field.

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One thought on “Kitsap ready to keep things rolling against Sounders U-23 on Friday

  1. PDL goalkeeper stats for Grosey are not correct. He’s played every minute of every match so he should be listed with 630 minutes which would be tied for second. He is #1 in shutouts with 4 and with the correct minutes, his goal against average is 0.428.

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