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Pumas Thrash Wenatchee To Kick Off Home Indoor Season
BREMERTON, Wash. – Taylor Hyde may have a future as a indoor soccer coach. The 24-year-old veteran joined with teammate Steve Cashmore to co-coach the Kitsap Pumas as they dominated the Wenatchee Fire 17-4 Saturday night at the Olympic Soccer & Sports Center at Pendergast Park in Bremerton. The standing-room-only crowd made a ton of noise in the PASL-Pro home opener for the Pumas – the first of its kind ever held in Kitsap.
Hyde was filling in for head coach Dustyn Brim and assistant coach John Purtteman, as they were away on prior engagements.
But Hyde said he won’t be gunning for Brim’s spot anytime soon.
“I’ll leave the coaching to Dustyn,” he said. “Let me just play. I don’t have much coaching experience in indoor, so I just try to lead by example and do what I do every game and be more of a captain than a coach. I let Steve cover some logistics.
“Dustin’s a presence, man,” Hyde continued. “You can’t replace Dustyn.”
Kitsap had control of the play in the first quarter but could only get two goals on the board. Stephen Pirotte put one in off an assist from Hyde and Gordley scored after getting a nice feed from Kyle Johnson. Gordley, Elliott Fauske, Enrique Hidalgo and Mark Conrad all scored in the second quarter as the Pumas kept the pressure on the Fire’s defense.
Defensively the Pumas kept the Fire from keeping possession and denying them any decent looks at goal. They had a power play kill while goalkeeper Nathan Salveson did his part to keep Wenatchee off the board.
“I thought he did awesome,” Hyde said of Salveson. “It’ll be interesting when Dustyn gets back. Nathan’s a little more comfortable with the ball at his feet. We need that in the indoor game. You need to be able to go to your keeper and get out of pressure easily.”
The Fire finally got on the board when Walter Quiros scored with just a minute gone in the third period, but Kitsap put the hammer down with Miley and Gordley scoring two goals each.
In the fourth, Gordley, Conrad and Johnson used their speed to abuse the Fire’s defense. Johnson had a hat trick while Conrad scored off an assist from Salveson. Fauske and Franciso Cisneros also scored while Gordley had two assists.
“Their strong point was with the ball at their feet, but if they beat us, we’re right back on them,” Hyde said. “We were putting so much pressure on them. When they had we were closing in as fast as we can.”
Johnson said that he and Conrad were doing their best to keep the tempo high and keep scoring goals.
Though the team seemed to be playing indoor soccer for years, Gordley said they still need work on set plays and power plays.
“It’s a mind switch,” he said. “You have to switch on faster. You can’t lag on those fouls and power plays. You have to get in your position.”
The Pumas travel to the Cascade Soccer Center to play the Central Oregon Steelheads Dec. 4, then return home Dec. 10 to host the California Cougars at the OSSC. Game time is at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets are available through www.olympicindoorsoccer.com,www.kitsapsoccerclub.com or www.brownpapertickets.com.