REDMOND, WA – (club release) Kitsap Pumas scored three first half goals for the second consecutive game and remained unbeaten through 9 games after sweeping aside Washington Crossfire by 4 goals to 1 on Monday evening at Redmond High School.
After earning a penalty in the opening minutes versus Lane United on Saturday, Pumas forward Logan Miller was at the center of the action once more. After some neat build up play, Trevor Jensen’s angled shot was parried by the Crossfire goalkeeper and MILLER reacted quickest to smash home the rebound.
The Pumas faithful, who were noisy throughout, wouldn’t have to wait to long to see a second goal. Midway through the half Pumas goalkeeper Matt Grosey fired a ball high down the center of the field where man of the moment Miller leapt phenomenally high over teo Crossfire defenders and flicked the ball in to the path of Mike Ramos. Miller had produced something out of nothing and caught everyone by surprise, barRAMOS, who collected the ball and dribbled towards goal before skillfully rounding the goalkeeper and poking home to make it 2-0.Crossfire had difficulty retaining possession of the ball for more than a couple of passes at a time as a relentless Pumas side pressed hard all over park and only a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping prevented the league leaders from doubling there advantage before the ten minute mark.
It was already an uphill task for the home side and things went from bad to worse seven minutes later when Justin Ortinau maneuvered through two Crossfire defenders and flicked a delightful ball through to MILLER, the frontman making no mistake drilling his shot in to the bottom corner. This made the scored 3-0 after only 31 minutes and took Miller’s personally tally to 4 goals in his last 100 minutes.
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Half-Time: Washington Crossfire 0-3 Kitsap Pumas
The opening exchanges of the second half were as entertaining as those in the first period. Barely 55 seconds had elapsed, of pure Pumas possession, when the ball was squared to Nick Hamer at the edge of the box and the busy midfielder rocketed a shot past a stunned Crossfire goalkeeper to all but kill off any hopes of a comeback.
The fourth goal signaled a change in gear for the Pumas, who looked to use the second period to experiment with players and formations. Ramos, Miller, Atanasov, Ortinau and Jammeh would all depart allowing much needed time for Ash Apollon, Sean Russell, Connor MacMillan as well as cameos from Joe Masumiya and 5 goal hitman Michael Chamberlain.
There was little in the way of clear cut chances for the remainder of the half despite some lovely pieces of team play and individual creativity from the Pumas however there would be one final goal in the game and something finally for the home fans to cheer about. With just under five minutes remaining, an inswinging Junior SANCHEZ free-kick wide on the right would evade all 19 players in the box and bounce in to the goal to give Crossfire a consolation.
Full-Time: Washington Crossfire 1-4 Kitsap Pumas
Kitsap Pumas head coach Cameron MacDonald was pleased with the performance, “You can’t really ask for any more. To score after three minutes and be three up at half-time is an enviable position. It allowed us the chance to take a look at some players who have had limited minutes and of course takes us that one step closer to retaining the northwest title”.
The undefeated Pumas now have eight days to rest before facing Portland Timbers U23’s at home next Wednesday (July 8th) in a match, that depending on Portland’s result versus Lane United this Friday, could seal the Northwest Division championship for the Pumas. The action takes place at Gordon Field in Bremerton with kickoff scheduled for 7:00 PM PST
KP: Miller (Jensen), 3
KP: Ramos (Miller), 24
KP: Miller (Ortinau), 31
KP: Hamer (Ortinau), 46
KP: Keitz (Caution), 70
WC: Sanchez (Caution), 55
KP: GK Matt Grosey, D Cory Keitz ©, D Nick Hamer, D Jake Bond, M Borce Atanasov (Russell 65), M Mike Ramos (Apollon, 65), M Logan Miller (Chamberlain, 74), M Trevor Jensen, M Matt Eronemo, F Justin Ortinau (MacMillan, 75), F Buba Jammeh (Masumiya, 55)
Subs Not Used: GK Austin Rogers, M Carlos Patino