BREMERTON, WA — The Kitsap Pumas traveled to Wenatchee on December 7 for an early season showdown with the Wenatchee Fire. When the PASL NW battle was over the Pumas came back over the mountains with a 6:4 win to move to 2-0-0 in the eight-match regular season. Notching three goals and two assists, Edgar Gomez played a role in five of the six Kitsap goals. His performance earns him the goalWA.net PASL NW Player of the Week honors.
“The match against Wenatchee was difficult,” Gomez tells goalWA.net. “We knew it would be a difficult task to go to their home field and get a good result. The game started at a really high and frantic pace. I scored the first goal of the match from a bad clearance from the goalkeeper and caught him out of position. Since the ball was on my left foot, I decided to chip the ‘keeper with the outside of my right foot and it turned out to be a beautiful goal.”
The next outburst from Edgar was all speed and finishing. “The second goal I scored was a breakaway. Brandon (Scott) gave me the ball and I sprinted to the ‘keeper. I originally was going to pass it back to Brandon for him to tap it in; however, when I was going to pass it, I saw the goalkeeper cheating towards the pass…so I just passed it into the goal.”
The Pumas originally listed Gomez with two goals, but later adjusted the final box score.
“The third goal was just a tap-in from a shot from Gustavo Bermudez.”
Edgar was also busy creating goals for the winners. He says “The first assist, I just shielded the ball until I had a good opening for a pass to Gustavo then he buried it in. And I do not remember the other one.”
Gomez is honest about his performance. “I think I played a smart game. I’m not the strongest or fastest so I have to make it up with intelligence and skill. I did what I was supposed to do-win tackles and keep possession of the ball. Everything else came together on its own.”
In the end, the Pumas were glad to get the victory, however it came about.
“I think the deciding factor for our win was that everyone played their hardest,” says Gomez. “We traveled a long way to Wenatchee and we were not going back without a good result. Also, Coach James is a really good motivator and told us to go fight for the win. And that is exactly what we did.”
“Personally, the season is going well,” Gomez says.
“However it is too early to be content. We have to keep working harder and smarter for us to have a successful season.”
Edgar and the Pumas next play on December 14 when they cross the border into Canada to play the Burnaby Titans at 5 PM at Burnaby 8 Rinks.
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