Kitsap Pumas continue dominance over Ruffneck Cup foes

The Kitsap Pumas are now a perfect 3-0-0 this season in matches against Ruffneck Cup foes from around the Puget Sound. The defending PDL National Champs have now faced the other three and come away with three wins after Sunday’s second-half surge in a 3:0 victory in Edmonds against the North Sound SeaWolves.

Gene Tibbetts leaves the pitch for North Sound after his first-half ejection. (Wilson Tsoi)

The match was scoreless at the break, though not without incident. North Sound defender Gene Tibbetts was issued a red card in the first half and was sent packing at the 33 minute mark after an altercation that also resulted in a yellow card for Kitsap’s Danny Medina.

The Pumas exploded for three goals early in the second half.

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Daniel MacLeod crossed to Ben Truax who finished the scoring chance after a bit of a scramble in front of the North Sound net not soon after the restart. Just after, in the 49th minute the Pumas’ Greg Miley got his chance in front and poked home a ball out of a defensive crowd to give Kitsap a 2:0 advantage. Miley again scored in the 57th on a nifty through-ball from Kyle Johnson.

“I thought we were excellent,” Kitsap head coach James Ritchie told the Kitsap Sun afterwards. “The first 20 minutes was the best football I’ve seen us play.  We’re unlucky we didn’t put the ball in the back of the net in the first half  … but we did a professional job.”

June 3, 2012, Edmonds, Wa. – Kitsap Pumas #24 Daniel MacLeod (assist) celebrates with #12 Ben Truax’s (goal) first and game winning goal 2′ in to second half. Kitsap Pumas scored 3 goals in second half to seal the road victory. (Wilson Tsoi)

The Pumas have nine points in the Ruffneck Cup trophy race, three ahead of second place Washington Crossfire. In the league playoff race Kitsap moves to 5-2-0 and sits in a tie for first place with the Portland Timbers U-23’s. PTFC has a match in hand.

The SeaWolves have lost three straight matches and are now 1-3-0 on the season.

“It was very disappointing,” SeaWolves coach Alex Silva said of Tibbett’s red card. “Even if the other team is doing something to you, you can’t react. You have to control yourself and keep playing. It made it tough on us.”

The SeaWolves were already down three starters when they lost Tibbetts. Leading scorer Abdul Aman sat out the game after the same officiating crew red carded him in Friday’s loss to the Washington Crossfire. Mark Conrad was involved in a minor car accident before the match and Quinton Beasley was out for personal reasons.

SeaWolves goalkeeper Claudio Lazar greets fans at Edmonds Woodway Stadium. (Wilson Tsoi)

“It was a tough situation already facing the best team in the league without three starters,” Silva said. “And then to lose a man, it really made things difficult. I thought we played hard but we ran out of energy.”

“We’re having a hard time dealing with crosses into the box,” Silva said. “I think every player is waiting for someone else to cover it. So when the other team gets outside and then sends it in, we’re getting beat.”

While Tibbetts will miss North Sound’s next match, the SeaWolves get Aman back. North Sound will meet the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23 team at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Edmonds Stadium.

“We’re doing some good things, but we need to keep a full team on the field and we need to mark better in the back,” Silva said. “I think if we have our full team here, we’re going to be in good shape.”

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June 3, 2012, Edmonds, Wa. – Kitsap Pumas’ #16 Greg Miley sends a shot past North Sound Seawolves GK Claudio Lazar at the 57′ mark for the visitor’s third and final goal of the afternoon. Kitsap Pumas score 3 goals in second half to seal the road victory 3-0. (Wilson Tsoi)

7 thoughts on “Kitsap Pumas continue dominance over Ruffneck Cup foes

  1. It sounded to me like the PA announcer said it was a straight Red, but the result is the same. In my mind, there’s no way that was a red if that exact same officiating crew hadn’t utterly lost control of Friday’s match. Overcorrection is not proper refereeing.

      1. I stand corrected then. Couldn’t see that well from my Jonah-esque place in the belly of the whale.

  2. Might have been a straight red for spitting. Will adjust when we see something final / official.

  3. Wilson Tsoi photos!

    June 3, 2012 at Edmonds-Woodway Stadium. Pumas win it, 3:0. (Wilson Tsoi)

    Posted by on Monday, June 4, 2012

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