Here are a pair of team releases, the first is from Saturday and the other is from Friday:
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Pumas overcome fatigue, take last-second win over Snohomish
Everett, Wash. – It took everything they had – and provided a showcase for the resolve and talent Kitsap Puma pro indoor head coach Dustyn Brim has assembled – as the Pumas overcame a one-goal deficit with only a minute to play to pull a hard-earned 4-3 victory from the jaws of defeat over the Snohomish Skyhawks in PASL indoor soccer action tonight.
Friesen, a standout for the club’s outdoor side the past two seasons, put his team on his back and slotted home a wicked rifle shot to tie the match at 3-3 with a minute to play.
Then it was Friesen again as his last-gasp blast hit the corner net as the final whistle blew.
The win is Kitsap’s fourth-straight and improved the team’s overall mark to 4-1. The only loss Kitsap has sustained so far was in the season opener versus defending league champion Tacoma – a narrow 8-6 defeat – and the first-ever indoor match ever played by the club.
Kitsap played last night in Bremerton, taking a brutally hard-fought win over the seasoned and highly skilled California Cougars, 11-7. The boys today had to hit the road this afternoon for tonight’s match against Snohomish.
“Coming off back-to back matches, our guys were mentally tired,” said Brim. “Physically we were ok. But it’s good to finish strong like this – especially being down a a goal with a minute left. We took this game by scruff of neck and won it with sheer will.”
Other Pumas on the scoresheet were Taylor Hyde and the ever-emerging Kellen Wantulok, who registered two tallies in last night’s win.
The Pumas now take a well-deserved holiday break until early January when league play resumes.
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Pumas Grind Out Solid Win Tonight In PASL Indoor Action
BREMERTON, Wash. – The Kitsap Pumas overcame a tough CaliforniaCougars side by the score of 11-8 to win its third straight game in the PASL-Pro League.
“It was a physical game,” head coach Dustyn Brim said. “They lost three in a row, so they came up to prove a point.”
Both sides started slowly as they couldn’t come up with any offensive consistency. Kellen Wantulok scored the only goal of the first quarter when California went a man down on a blue card.
Taylor Hyde and Wantulok scored early in the second period to give Kitsap a cushion. Chris Handsor scored and assisted on another one, but Greg Miley scored a power-play goal and Matt Friesen scored to put the Pumas up by three at halftime.
The Cougars came out fired up in the third, as Jorge Martinez, Uriel Robeldo and Tovar all scored to tie the game.
Kitsap also had a goal disallowed when California coach Antonio Sutton called sudden timeout.
“It was awful,” Brim said. “It was just a mental letdown – quick turnover, boom it’s a goal. Not stepping into a guy – boom its a goal.
“In the indoor game, the goals come in bunches, (but) once that little swell passed, we said let’s not keep the ball on the floor, possess, finish our opportunities” Brim continued. “You have to dominate from white line to white line.”
Miley broke the deadlock when he connected on a score off an assist from Wantulok.
Mark Conrad scored off a deflection to open the fourth quarter, but after a blue card was awarded to Kitsap, Omar Martinez scored to close the gap to one.
Friesen responded with his second goal of the night and Miley followed up with another power-play goal minutes later. Kyle Johnson added to the total with yet another power-play.
California scored a goal, then pulled its goalkeeper to insert Nelson Santana as an extra attacker, but they couldn’t break Kitsap’s defensive wall.
“We didn’t back down,” Miley said. “We just stuck with it. I think we really handled it well.”
Conrad scored with an open net to round out the Kitsap scoring with seconds left.
The Pumas travel to Snohomish tomorrow night for a match with the Skyhawks, then head to Wenatchee Dec. 18 before going on the annual PASL Holiday Break.
The side then returns to PASL-Pro action Jan. 9 to host the Tacoma Stars in Bremerton. Match time is at 5:05 p.m.
Tickets are available through the OSSC website, the Pumas front office or at www.brownpapertickets.com.