Kitsap Pumas take Ruffneck Cup lead with win over North Sound

Kitsap Pumas take Ruffneck Cup lead with win over North Sound

Alex Chavez is happy to extened Kitsap's lead to 3:1 in the late stages on Sunday at Gordon Field. (Jeff Halstead)
Alex Chavez is happy to dish out an assist to Kyle Johnson for Kitsap’s first goal. (Jeff Halstead)

BREMERTON, WA —– Better late than never, but it is as late as it can get for the Kitsap Pumas. They cling to life (but will need plenty of help) in the PDL playoff race. Meanwhile, they are in the lead in the Puget Sound Derby after a 3:1 Ruffneck Cup win over the North Sound SeaWolves on Sunday afternoon at Gordon Field.

The Pumas have played five of their six Ruffneck Cup matches and have yet to lose, going 3-0-2 and earning 11 points. The SeaWolves gave it a late-season go but are eliminated from the Cup. The only club standing in the way of a Pumas Derby repeat is the Sounders U23. The two clubs meet on July 13 at Gordon Field in the final 2013 Ruffneck Cup match. Whomever wins that one takes the trophy. For the Pumas, a draw would also secure the cup. The U23’s and Pumas played to a wild 3:3 draw in May in Tacoma.


It's down to Sounders U23 or Kitsap Pumas. To be decided July 13 in Bremerton...
It’s down to Sounders U23 or Kitsap Pumas. To be decided July 13 in Bremerton…
Mix and match: The Pumas had players in blue and yellow hoops. Here Neil Schaffer shows off the 'bumble bee' shirt. (Jeff Halstead)
Mix and match: The Pumas had players in blue and yellow hoops. Here Neil Schaffer shows off the ‘bumble bee’ shirt, which the club wore in the second half. (Jeff Halstead)

Kitsap and North Sound unleashed a back and forth offensive-minded soccer match on Sunday. There were plenty of shots, offsides and a general desire to entertain.

The Pumas took the lead in the 26th minute when Bremerton boy Kyle Johnson was on the end of an Alex Chavez assist. North Sound fought back five minutes later when Brady Ballew evened it up in the 31st minute. The quick succession of goals didn’t stop there. In the 33rd the Pumas got the lead back on the eventual match-winner from Cody Shelton, assisted by Andrew Stirling.

Andrew Stirling assisted on Kitsap's winning goal. (Jeff Halstead)
Andrew Stirling assisted on Kitsap’s winning goal. (Jeff Halstead)

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Kitsap clinched the points in the late-going on an 81st-minute goal from Alex Chavez.

The Pumas are fighting to get to 18 points with the slim hope that the Vancouver Whitecaps U23’s will crumble the rest of the way and remain at their current 17. The top three NW Division clubs make the playoffs with 2 and 3 playing each other for the right to move on to the Western Conference Finals.


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9 thoughts on “Kitsap Pumas take Ruffneck Cup lead with win over North Sound

  1. In the Alex Chavez photo at the top of the page, this was after he scored the goal in 81st minute, he went to the corner of the box and did a little salsa dance and pointed to the crowd. Nice moves Alex!!

      1. The Pumas started with the standard home blue hoops with blue shorts. Then returned at halftime with the yellow hoops and blue shorts, which I think was the first time they wore that combo. Usually the black shorts are worn with the yellow hoops. The players were soaked from sweat as they left the field at the end of the first half, so maybe that is why they changed. Even though the temp was in the low 70’s, it felt alot warmer than that. The yellow with blue shorts looked sharp!

    1. Then actually, Alex’s photo at the top with the blue hoops must have been when he assisted on the goal in the first half. He scored wearing yellow hoops in the second half and danced in front of us in the east end.

  2. Refs maybe having trouble recognizing the light blue against the blue/white hoops. Could have asked for the change?

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