Pumas win Roughneck Cup vs Sounders U-23

Kitsap Pumas win Roughneck Cup

Bremerton, WA- The Kitsap Pumas repeated as the Roughneck Cup Champions in a 3-3 tie with the Sounders U-23’s in their last match of the season. A lot was at stake as the two teams faced off. The Pumas needed a tie or a win to repeat as champions, and the Sounders needed a win to take the cup. The game was more than anyone could have asked for.

Pumas vs. Sounders U-23 for the Roughneck Cup

Pumas vs. Sounders U-23 for the Roughneck Cup

In front of nearly one thousand fans, the two teams played down to the wire to decide the fate of Puget Sound based title. The Pumas opened up the scoring in the 8th minute with Sebastiaan Jansen beating the keeper. They would go into the half leading 1-0.

The Sounders would not go down with out a fight. They took control of the game with two consecutive goals in the 61st and 67th minutes. That is when things began to get interesting. The game really began to get physical, the emotions began to flair up, and the cards started to fly.

In the 71st defender Cody Shelton and Sounder Aaron Kovar were ejected from the match leaving the teams to play with 10 men. Just a few minutes later captain Neil Shaffer was ejected after coming to the defense of one of his men as a Sounder player cleated a Kasy Kiarash while on the ground.

With the Sounders still up, the Pumas pushed hard to level the score and it happened in the 79th when Ben Truax was able to stuff a rebound in from an Alex Chavez attempt.

In the 90th minute defender Brandon Scott broke free for a one on one with keeper Earl Edwards and scored what looked to be the winning goal and the one that would seal the Roughneck Cup for Kitsap. Yet again the Sounders were able to respond with a goal of their own. The closing minutes were frantic, with each team trying to find that elusive winning goal but were turned away boy crossbars and goalies.

In the end, it all ended in a draw which really meant a loss for the Sounders and a victory for the Pumas as they brought home the hardware. While eliminated from the playoffs, the Pumas proved to be the best in their home region. It was a great way to cap off the year!

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Kitsap Pumas win 3-1 over North Sound

Kitsap Pumas win 3-1 over North Sound

Kitsap Pumas go on top for Roughneck Cup with victory

Bremerton, WA- The Kitsap Pumas downed the North Sound SeaWolves with a 3-1 victory. The Pumas are leading the race for the Roughneck Cup with one final match against their rival U-23 Sounders on July 13th.

It was free tacos for everyone as the Pumas scored 3 goals in a match for the first time at home this season. Kitsap pushed hard for goals all game, really putting pressure on the SeaWolves keeper Dylan Faber.

The Pumas thought they had taken the early lead when Kasy Kiarash put a ball in the back of the net off of a corner kick in the 10th minute but was called back when a foul was called in the box. They did finally break through in the 26th minute when Kyle Johnson beat the keeper at point-blank range on a cross from Alex Chavez.

It is said that you are most likely to give up a goal right after scoring one, and that proved to be true.  Just minutes later, North Sound scored an equalizing header off of a free kick that just beat Tony Haltermann. The level score didn’t last even two minutes as Cody Shelton (the man with the club for a hand) scored a header off of a corner from Andrew Stirling. That proved to be the deciding goal.

The Pumas continued to mount pressure and hold onto the bulk of possession as the match continued. They added an insurance goal when Alex Chaves scored in the 81st minute with an assist going to Shane Malcom.

Kitsap not only pushed for lots of goals, but they also played stingy defense, turning away the North Sound SeaWolves over and over again early in the midfield. The backbone of Zac Sampson , Cody Shelton and defensive midfielder Nuno Gourgel stood tall and rarely let the SeaWolves do much up the middle.

The team has seemed to start to gel and play more confidently late in the season. Next week’s test against the Sounders U-23’s will see if they can bring home some hardware. Join the Pumas early at Gordon Field on July 13th as they face off against their rivals for rights to the Roughneck Cup.

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Kitsap Pumas: Portland Timbers U-23 part deux

Kitsap Pumas: Portland Timbers U-23 part deux

The second of 3 meetings between the two clubs

Bremerton, Wa- For the second time in a span of three weeks, the Kitsap Pumas faced off against the division leading Portland Timbers FC U-23 squad. It was also the second time that the two teams fought to a draw.

Just several weeks ago the Portland Timbers made the trip north for the Pumas inaugural game at Gordon Field, which was played in front of almost 700 fans. The Pumas played the Timbers to a draw, which would be the first blemish on their record. Early in this evenings match, it looked like it was the Pumas who would come out on top.

 

Striking early in the match in the 14th minute, #8 Neil Shaffer put a header past the keeper on an assist from #14 Sebastiaan Jansen. As the match progressed both sides were continually unhappy with the officiating going on on the pitch. A totally of 7 yellow cards were handed out as a result of the chippy atmosphere.

#8 Neil Shaffer buries the ball past the Timbers keeper who has no time to react.

#8 Neil Shaffer buries the ball past the Timbers keeper who has no time to react.

#8 Neil Shaffer celebrates his 14th minute goal

#8 Neil Shaffer celebrates his 14th minute goal

 

Shaffer would finish his brace when the Pumas were awarded a penalty kick in the 57th minute. The Pumas lead would not stand long. Down by two goals the Timbers showed why they are leaders in the league. Within a span of less than 20 minutes the game was put back to level terms. Saad Abdul-Salaam headed a ball off the cross-bar and into the back of the net in the 60th minute and Mark Sherrod scored the equalizer in the 65th.

#8 Neil Shaffer puts a PK past TImbers keeper David Meves

#8 Neil Shaffer puts a PK past TImbers keeper David Meves

Both teams pushed to score in the waning minutes of the match with the best chancing going to the pumas #10 Alex Chavez who looked to have beaten his man and chipped a shot in past the Portland keeper, but was called back for off sides.

The newly acquired Ben Truax, who comes back to the Pumas on loan, didn’t get much of a chance to make an impact when he was subbed in late into the half after Portland had already dealt their blows.

 

 

 

 

 

Portland finishes the night with a 5-1-2 record which puts then on top of the division. The two ties came at the hands of the Pumas. The Pumas finish the night with a 1-2-5 record. They are leading the league in ties and will be looking to go on a string of wins if they want to play late into the year.

The two teams will face off once again Friday June 21st down in Portland. It will be the 3rd meeting for the two teams in a span of 4 weeks.

Pumas Staters- G-Aaron Fenlason, D-Brandon Scott, D-Josh Kelly, D-Marc Tonkel, D-Cody Shelton, M-Nuno Gourgel, M-Neil Shaffer, M-Andrew Stirling, M-Hellah Sidibe, F-Kasey Kiarash, F-Sebastiaan Jansen

Timbers Starters- G-David Meves, D-Saad Abdul-Salaam, D-J.J. Greer, D-Bryan Gallego, D-Evan Hewett, M-Zach Barnes, M-Jack McCracken, M-Victor Souto, M-Jose Ribas, F-Mark Sherrod, F-Zach Foxhaven

Shots: Pumas-4 Timbers-7

Goals: Pumas #8 Neil Shaffer 14’, PK-57’ Timbers #29 Abdul Salaam 60’, #12 Mark Sherrod 65’

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Pumas Vs Portland Timbers U-23’s

Pumas Home Opener at Gordon Field

Warning: a lots of photos

The Kitsap Pumas launched a new era as they opened up their new home, on bright sunny Pacific Northwest evening, against the Portland Timbers U-23 squad. The Pumas said goodbye to their old home and said hello to Gordon Field as nearly 700 supporters were there to participate in the pomp and circumstance. The once open field, which was used by the fair grounds for concerts and carnival games, has been transformed into a classy soccer venue with an intimate feel as players run by only a few yards away from the stands.

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Gordon Field on a beautiful afternoon

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Nearly 700 fans fill Gordon Field

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The Blue Guard standing watch

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Neil Shaffer leads the Pumas onto the field with kids from the Kitsap Pumas Youth

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Full of supporters

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Onto the Pitch!

Facing an undefeated Portland Timbers U-23 squad did not faze the Pumas, who are in a league with three teams affiliated with Major League Soccer clubs. Having already faced the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23’s and playing the Seattle Sounders U-23’s to an epic draw, the Pumas already knew they could face another giant. The Pumas would be the toughest opponent for this Timbers squad, pushing them to a 0-0 draw.

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Announcing the lineups

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Starting 11
Back row: Alex Rodriguez, Alex Chavez, Aaron Fenlason, Nuno Gourgel, Josh Kelly, Cody Shelton
Front row: Hellah Sidibe, Sebastiaan Jensen, Neil Shaffer, Andrew Sterling, Brandon Scott

While no goals were scored in this matchup, there wasn’t a lack of action and drama. The game was a back and forth match with no team truly winning the possession battle. One team would make a push then the other would counter and vice versa. It was yet another physical game with Pumas showing they won’t be pushed around.

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Alex Rodriguez battles for the ball

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Nuno Gourgel heads a ball away

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Josh Kelly puts a stop the a Timbers advance

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Brandon Scott pushes the ball up field

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Neil Shaffer takes one away from a Timbers player

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Nuno Gourgel wins another 50-50 ball

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Cody Shelton puts another stop on the Timbers

While the Pumas were out shot almost 3-1, keeper Aaron Fenlanson did a wonderful job filling in for the injured Dustyn Brim. The Pumas had several chances at putting a goal on the board, with Hella Sidibe pushing a ball wide of the goal on a wonderful break away, and Will Daniels had a chance at an open net as he beat the Timbers keeper and another defender in the box but just couldn’t get a shot off.

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Aaron Fenlason, filling in for the injured Dustyn Brim does a great job stonewalling the Timbers

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Neil Shaffer is everywhere on the pitch

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Brandon Scott pushes the attack with overlapping runs from his defensive position

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Nuno Gourgel slows the Timbers at midfield

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Substitute Kennedy Chongo wins a ball

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Substitute Will Daniels makes the keeper look silly but can’t find the handle to put the ball in the net.

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Hella Sidibe makes another blistering run down the sideline

After the full 90 minutes were up, the Pumas had pushed another corporate soccer giant to a draw. At the end of the match, the community feeling and intimacy of the venue showed as kids and fans walked onto the pitch as the players signed shirts, programs, and even arms!

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Neil Shaffer poses for a photo

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Will Daniels signs a souvenir program

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Coach and Goalie Dustyn Brim gives his autograph

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Shane Malcolm signs his John Hancock

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Josh Kelly signs away

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This girl will never wash her arm again. (Cody Shelton)

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Kitsap Pumas Vs. U-23 Sounders

Early season test of courage.

Kitsap Pumas faced off against the U-23 Sounders on a rainy evening at Curtis High School. With both teams coming into this match with 2 losses early in the season, you could say that it was a “must” win for both of them. A good sized crowd was there to support their respective teams while chants continually echoed through the air. The night was a long, grueling, and physical affair with multiple cards being handed out. Each team desperately needed the points and it showed on the pitch tonight. In the end neither team walked away the victor, but one team showed its courage in an epic comeback.

Onto the Pitch

Onto the Pitch

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Pumas standing as the lineups are announced.

The night started out grim for the Kitsap Pumas as the Sounders quickly jumped out in front. The Sounders had all but taken the wind out of the Pumas sails and the Kitsap supports were in disbelief. Frustration mounted as the Pumas fell to a 3-0 deficit in the first half and emotion was taking over as the Pumas continually committed rough fouls.

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#15 Michael Stewart of the Pumas slides in for a tackle against #24 Miles Byass of the Sounders

 

#24 Miles Byass celebrates his 1st half goal.

#24 Miles Byass celebrates his 1st half goal.

Down 3-0 to start the second half, the Pumas began the task of chipping away at what seemed an insurmountable deficit. Kitsap scored its first goal of the night on a flick on header that squeaked by Sounders goal keeper Zac Lubin. The second came from a scrappy play from forward #14 Sebastiaan Jansen who stay with a rebound deep in the box and slid it past the keeper.

#14 Sebastiaan Jansen slides it past the keeper

#14 Sebastiaan Jansen slides it past the keeper

The Kitsap Pumas completed their comeback when #23 Shane Malcom was tripped up in the box which lead to a PK goal by #8 Neil Shaffer with only minutes left in the match. The stunned Sounders crowed which had taunted so mightily early in the match had been quieted.

Goalkeeper #37 Zac Lubin dives and misses a PK which tied the game.

Goalkeeper #37 Zac Lubin dives and misses a PK which tied the game.

After going down 3-0 early the match the Pumas didn’t lay down. They didn’t give up. The hung around and showed the courage to continue the attack and score some goals. It looked like it was going to be a long match for the boys in hoops, but they showed tonight that they are never out of it!

 

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#37 Zac Lubin climbs to snag a ball in the air.

#37 Zac Lubin climbs to snag a ball in the air.

 

#16 Hella Sidibe clears a ball.

#16 Hella Sidibe clears a ball.

#13 Will Daniels shows his frustration

#13 Will Daniels shows his frustration

Battling for possession

Battling for possession

 

#00 Dustyn Brim launches the ball

#00 Dustyn Brim launches the ball

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Kitsap Pumas vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs

Kitsap Pumas vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs

Kitsap Pumas vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs

In their final preseason home game, the Kitsap Pumas faced off against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The heated match ended in a 2-1 victory for the Pumas. Gonzaga did not make this win very easy though. The Bulldogs seemed to maintain most of the possession through out the match but the Pumas were able to do well by hitting the Bulldogs with the counter attack.

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The first two goals of the match came off of penalties early in the first half. Kitsap put a tally on the score sheet on a PK that was easily slotted past the keeper, just a few minutes after complaining about a call that they thought should have also been a PK. The Bulldogs even things up on a PK given shortly after the Pumas score.

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PK slotted past the Bulldog Keep

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Celebration after a PK goal

Again the Pumas played in a very physical match. Possession was hard to come by, but I believe Gonzaga won the possession battle. The Bulldogs played a clean controlling style in the midfield that had Puma defenders running hard. This match could have gone to either team as each team put pressure on the opposing keepers.

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Pumas Keeper with a diving stop

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A tough physical game

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Pumas keeper asserts his authority with a big punch out

The Pumas were finally able to break the stale mate when they were awarded a free kick just outside the Bulldogs 18 very late in the second half. Off the free kick, the ball took a favorable puma ricochet into the lap of #25 who put the ball in for the score. Just a few minutes after that goal, the final whistle was blown.

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Big goal late in the match

The Pumas will continue to build some continuity as this new group of players get more playing time together and begin to gel, but it was good to see the team battle and stay in the match and come out with the win!

Kitsap Pumas will play in a few more road games before their season officially kicks off May 4th against Victoria.

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Kitsap Pumas vs UW 4-20-13

Kitsap Pumas vs UW 4-20-13

Kitsap Pumas vs. University of Washington

Kitsap Pumas continued their pre-season against the University of Washington Huskies. It was a tale of two halves for each team. The Pumas came out strong scoring two first half goals. The first goal coming from a great break by Will Daniels and a great finish to beat the keeper. The second Pumas goal came off a corner midway through the first half to put them up 2-0.

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UW wouldn’t be deterred and continued to play hard. The game got real physical, and many fouls and a couple yellows were handed out. While the first half scoring belonged to the pumas, the second half scoring belonged to UW. The Huskies got one back early in the second half, and they started to bring the pressure late. While the Pumas continued to put pressure on the UW back line on occasion, it was the dawgs that drew even after a ridiculous strike from far outside the 18.

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This was a great match to watch. It was physical and emotional. Players throwing their bodies around with little regard. The pumas continued to look very good making runs on the outsides. I look forward to this coming season and to see if they can return to championship form. With a small amount of returners from last years squad, this team of new comers looks to be quite dangerous!

The Pumas play another home game tomorrow at 11am at Gordon Field. Admission is free, but donations are being taken up for their youth programs. So come out and enjoy the match and support your local youth soccer!

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Kitsap Pumas vs Bellingham United

Kitsap Pumas faced off against Bellingham United today and Hot Shots Sports Photography was there to catch the action!

On a day that couldn’t decide if it wanted to be rainy or sunny, the sunshine prevailed, as did our Kitsap Pumas! When the final whistle blew, the Pumas stood victorious with a decisive 4-0 performance. Todays match was the first true preseason game after playing a practice game against Peninsula Community College  and Trinity Lutheran earlier this month.

The matchup today was a physical one. A lot of battles in midfield where possession changed back and forth. The Pumas though continually were able to put pressure with the speed they have on the wings. There wingers were able to run down the numerous deep balls played over the top and feed crosses back into the box. They truly looked dangerous with that style of play. While Kitsap seemed to play with a lot of speed especially early on, Bellingham seemed to bully their way to the ball. Bellingham really only had one real opportunity to put a goal on the board, but that chance was thwarted by a nice diving save by Pumas keeper Dusty Brim.

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Today was a wonderful to photograph soccer! The sun stayed out giving great light to shoot in. The players played hard and the crowed enjoyed supporting their club! On top of all that, the game today was free!
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Kitsap Pumas vs. Peninsula College

Tonight our local pro soccer team, the Kitsap Pumas, played in a preseason match against Peninsula College. The Pumas, which are part of the USL Premier Development League, have been a great team since they came onto the scene, joining the league in 2008. Kitsap County is lucky to have a great team and I only hope their support grows in the future.

I always enjoy going out to photograph the Pumas! Tonights match proved to be as much a challenge as it was enjoyable. The ever changing light of the early spring evening was tough to deal with, and the minimal stadium lighting at Gordan Field didn’t help much. Even with today’s sophisticated cameras, nights like this have very tough conditions to photograph.

Even though conditions weren’t ideal, the temperatures were cold, and the skies threatened to unleash a torrent of rain on us, it was a good night. Plenty of action all night kept me busy! Plenty of goals were scored, which we all know in soccer can be few and far between. Also, I believe many of the players tonight are fighting for a spot on the regular season roster, so many of them were playing their hearts out. In the end, the Kitsap Pumas went home victorious over their preseason foes with a score of 4-1.

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