Bremerton, WA – (club release) The Kitsap Pumas sealed their second consecutive and fourth all-time PDL Northwest Division crown in front of over 900 fans at Gordon Field on Wednesday evening after a hard fought 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers U23. The stalemate also sees the Pumas remain unbeaten through ten games this season.
MATCH GALLERY: by Jeff Halstead
The opening moments were cagey, both sides seeing plenty of the ball without creating any clear chances. However a fine piece of play by defender Jake Bond on the 11 minute mark helped change that. After beating his man high down the right flank, he crossed for Logan MILLER to slam home his fifth goal in three games.
The goal seemed to spur Portland in to action and after a good spell of possession they should have found themselves level. A ball whipped in from the right hand side evaded everyone bar the onrushing Portland right back, however his shot was expertly saved by Matt Grosey.
Half-Time: Kitsap Pumas 1-0 Portland Timbers U-23
The Pumas began the second half in casual fashion and were punished on 49 minutes when late runner Devon FISHER was left free at the back post to slot home the equalizer. That goal opened the game up and chances began to flow at both ends. Portland could have snuck ahead when a lapse in concentration from Cory Keitz allowed the Timbers forward a clean look at goal but his shot sailed high and wide. At the other end, Nick Hamer and Mike Ramos both spurned good openings.
Portland were reduced to ten men late in the game when defender Dennis Castillo was issued a straight red card. The Timbers defenders found Miller and substitute Michael Chamberlain a handful throughout the game and he was giving his marching orders after horribly mistimed a challenge on Chamberlain.
With the man advantage the Pumas took control of the closing stages and should have really been out of sight. First Patino miscued his shot from eighteen yards and then Miller blazed over with the goal at his mercy.
Full-Time: Kitsap Pumas 1-1 Portland Timbers
Despite failing to find the winning goal, one point was enough for the Pumas to remain unbeaten and win the Northwest Division championship!
Kitsap host Washington Crossfire this Sunday, July 12th, at Gordon Field in Bremerton; kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m.
KP: Miller (Bond), 11
PT: Fisher, 49
PT: Castillo (Ejection), 80
KP: GK Matt Grosey, D Cory Keitz ©, D Nick Hamer, D Cody Shelton, M Logan Miller, M Mike Ramos, M Borce Atanasov, M Trevor Jensen, M Matt Eronemo, F Joe Masumiya, F Jake Bond
Subs Not Used: GK Austin Rogers, F Chimdum Mez, M Connor MacMillan
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