Kitsap Pumas take another Ruffneck Cup win 2:1 over Crossfire in Redmond

The Kitsap Pumas are now two for two in Ruffneck Cup matches as they remain undefeated against all Puget Sound area opposition after a 2:1 victory over Washington Crossfire on Wednesday night at Redmond High School.

by David Falk

The Kitsap Pumas and Washington Crossfire entered Wednesday night’s match at Redmond High School tied for the top spot in the Ruffneck Cup with three points each. Washington had given up only two goals in its first three PDL matches, two wins and a draw. Kitsap was stung by four goals in Portland last week but recovered for a 1:0 win at Vcitoria on Sunday.

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Greg Miley, who scored Kitsap’s first goal, keeps his sights on the ball as he charges down the pitch. (Dale Garvey)

Greg Miley got the visitors from Bremerton off on the right foot in the 8th minute. It was Miley’s second goal on the PDL campaign. Defender Steve Mohn fed a long ball up to Miley who drew the goalkeeper out and then calmly finished in the inside the far post.

The Pumas doubled their advantage in the 36th when Matt Friesen notched his fourth PDL goal of 2012 via a putback from a scramble in front of the Crossfire goal.

Matt Friesen jumps into the arms of the Kitsap bench as he celebrates putting the Pumas up 2:0 in the first half. (Dale Garvey)

“It was a great finish by Miley to get us going, and then Friesen with another great goal — he’s playing out of his skin at the moment,” Pumas head coach James Ritchie told the Kitsap Sun.

Washington answered very late, in fact in added time, with a goal listed as coming in the 92nd minute. Adam Mena was credited with the score.

Kitsap moves to 4-2-0 (12 points) in the PDL Northwest Division. Crossfire falls to 2-1-1 with 7 standings points)

The match drew an announced gathering of 110. (See box score)

Crossfire’s #8 Eli Gordley shoots a free kick as the Kitsap wall defends the attempt. (Dale Garvey)

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