Tacoma, WA – First place will be on the line Friday night when the Sounders U-23 take on the Kitsap Pumas at Cheney Stadium at 7:30 p.m. The Sounders U-23 are currently atop the PDL Northwest Division standings with 18 points in nine games played.
The Pumas find themselves in a three-way-tie for second place with 16 points, but have played one less game.
Preview courtesy of SoundersU23.com
In their previous meeting at Bremerton Memorial Stadium, the Pumas were able to defeat the Sounders U-23 by a score of 3-1. However, the Sounders U-23 were missing their star goal keeper, Doug Herrick, who has been on fire since returning. In the six games since the last meeting with the Pumas, Herrick has given up only four goals. Herrick recorded four shutouts during that stretch.
Kitsap Sun Feature: Ben Truax leading Pumas in scoring
The Sounders U-23 have been playing excellent soccer as a whole since the last meeting with the Pumas. In the six games since, they have accumulated 14 points of a possible 18; outscoring their opponents 11-4. The Sounders U-23 are also on a three-game winning streak including victories over the Portland Timbers U-23 and the Washington Crossfire; the other two teams currently tied with the Pumas for second place.
The Pumas are coming off of a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers U-23 last Saturday in Bremerton. The winning team would have jumped the Sounders U-23 in the standings, but since each team earned only one point, the Sounders U-23 jumped them both for the division lead. Be on the lookout for Pumas leading goal scorers, Ben Truax and Matt Friesen. The duo was responsible for the three goals scored by the Pumas in the first meeting with the Sounders U-23.
Cheney Stadium will offer a unique setting for Friday’s big match when the teams battle each other in the outfield. It will be the second, and final, match the Sounders U-23 will play at Cheney this season. For tickets visit SoundersU23.com
Ruffneck Cup race
Editor’s note: The June 15 tussle is also the second of three Sounders U-23 / Pumas matches counting towards the 2012 Ruffneck Cup, a trophy awarded to the Puget Sound PDL club which beats its neighbors the most during the season. The Pumas currently lead the race with 9 points.