The Kitsap Pumas took all six possible points from their fixtures this weekend with two narrow home wins. Their first victory of the weekend came on Friday night against their Puget Sound rivals Washington Crossfire. In addition to the usual friction caused by the Ruffneck rivalry, the Pumas were also playing to claim their top spot and avoid any results that would be catastrophic to their contention for the first place finish.
|Defenders Justin Robbins (L) and Zack Sampson (R) |
celebrate Justin's winning goal
Going into the second half, each team were down to ten men but Ritchie once again made the correct tactical decisions and opted to bulk up the speed of his attack. With two speedy wingers and two quick forwards, one physically imposing and the other one small and agile to make quick runs off the ball, the Pumas were soon the dominant side. The second half was far more open than the first, but Kitsap took the match by the scruff of it's neck and went in for the kill. Matt Friesen equalized for the Pumas before Justin Robbins used his imposing height of 6'5" to send a beautiful, curling header into the side netting of the far post on a set piece. Pumas managed to hold onto the lead for the remainder of the half and lifted the Ruffneck trophy for the first time on their home field, celebrating not only taking the top spot among their Puget Sound rivals, but for reclaiming the first place spot in the Northwest division.
|"The Wolverine" Matt Friesen nets his tenth goal of the season against North Sound|
View all photos of the Seawolves match here
And from the Crossfire match here