BREMERTON, WA – (club report) Kitsap Pumas comprehensively beat Lane United FC 4-0 in front of the biggest crowd of the season at Gordon Field (623) on a night where the 2014 national finalists and current PDL Northwest Division leaders simply looked a level above their Oregon opponents.
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That goal was the earliest the Pumas have scored this season and they could have doubled there lead only two minutes later. Ramos, Masumiya and new signing Atansov combined beautifully with one touch passing in the middle of the field, eventually sending Hamer through on goal, but his right-footed effort was deflected out for a corner.With no more than sixty seconds on the clock, Logan Miller, making his first start of the season, picked the pocket of Cataluna and ran clean through on goal. He was upended by Bersano in the box and a penalty duly awarded. Captain CoryKeitz stepped up and converted confidently in to the bottom left corner.
A succession of chances for the home side followed with Ramos, Atanasov, Miller and Hamer all going close without finding the back of the net. However, on 18 minutes, the second goal would arrive. Joe Masumiya, who looked fantastic throughout, intercepted a United pass before beating a defender and squaring for Miller to poke home and make it 2-0.
It looked a long way back for a dejected Lane United and it was no surprise when the Pumas added their third shortly before halftime, which again would come courtesy of penalty. This time, Hamer sent a diagonal ball in to the box where Rene DeZorzi gathered and pushed around Bersano before being upended. Mike Ramos assumed the responsibility for this one and the Sounders 2 loanee fired home to make it 3-0.
Half-Time: Kitsap Pumas 3-0 Lane United
The second half was more one way traffic with the visitors only threatening a couple of times themselves. Pumas goalkeeper Matt Grosey’s most notable actions involved sprinting off his line to collect through-balls a few inches ahead of the Lane United forwards, but he was not forced into a save on the night. The typically stingy Kitsap defense did an effective job of containing the PDL’s third-leading scorer, Timothy Mueller, who despite an impressive work rate up front was finally held without a goal for the first time in six games in all competitions.
Despite the number of efforts on goal in the second half, only one more was to be converted and that was in the 48th minute. Some exceptional build-up play from the Pumas created space for LoganMiller on the right of the box and after receiving a well weighted pass he fired across his body and past Bersano in to the bottom corner.
Full-Time: Kitsap Pumas 4-0 Lane United
Lane United head coach John Galas’ verdict was that his team was second-best on the night, “Unfortunately, our training, which was good in the lead-up, didn’t translate to the game. The Pumas’ “management of the game and their organization was top-notch, as you would expect from a professional club like them,”.
Kitsap Pumas head coach Cameron MacDonald thoughts echoed that of Galas, “I’m happy with the way we played and the chances we created. Scoring early always helps boost confidence but that aside I never felt like Lane were going to get a hold of the ball and cause us any problems.”
It’s another quick turnaround for the Pumas who head to Redmond on Monday evening to face Washington Crossfire for the first time this season. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm at Redmond High School.
KP: Keitz (Miller), 1
KP: Miller (Ramos), 18
KP: Ramos (DeZorzi), 38
KP: Miller (Hamer, 48
LU: Cataluna (Caution), 53
LU: Binder (Caution), 80
KP: Jensen (Caution), 86
LU: GK Matt Bersano, D Brenden Anderson (Connoly, 80), D Christian Luis (Stadler, 61), D Amer Sasivarevic, D Dirk van der Velde, M Roman Pantoja, M Richard Hurtado (Seymore, 67), M Josep Baldovi (Binder, 75), F Christian Cataluna, F Tim Mueller, F Devonte Small
Subs Not Used: GK Chris Lowrimore, M Christian Couto, F Rares Muntean
KP: GK Matt Grosey, D Cory Keitz ©, D Nick Hamer, D Jake Bond, M Borce Atanasov (Kobayashi, 60), M Mike Ramos (Apollon, 77), M Logan Miller (Mez, 70), M Trevor Jensen (Ortinau, 80), M Matt Eronemo, F Joe Masumiya (MacMillan, 75), F Rene DeZorzi (Patino, 45)
Subs Not Used: GK Austin Rogers
Referee: Ramy Touchan
Assistant Referees: Brandon Marshall, Chuck Sutter
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