Kitsap Pumas Dazzle in Exciting and Physical Home Opener
The Kitsap Pumas played out a successful first chapter of their 2012/2013 campaign at home in front of adoring fans at Olympic Soccer and Sports Center in Bremerton. The Pumas dominated from the starting buzzer, playing with high pressure and a fast attack. It was clear that the match was going to be scrappy but the fast pace and dominance from the home side made for an enjoyable game for the crowd. At the end of the first quarter the Pumas lead 2-0, some individual brilliance and a few lucky bounces in favor of the Tumwater goalkeeper kept them from netting even more goals.
At the opening of the second quarter Kitsap Pumas defender Brian Meherg was shown a blue card but super keeper and the indoor coach Dustyn Brim kept the scoreline at 2-0 during the Pioneers power play. With regular numbers back out on the pitch the Pumas turned the tables and netted their third with Scott Ford scoring his second on the night. With 5 minutes remaining in the quarter, Matt Sweetsauce Friesen scored a stunning volley when he teamed up with fellow returning Puma Cisco Cisneros. Cisneros's cross found Friesen in front of goal and The Kid executed the volley with clinical technique. Tumwater scored a quick goal a minute from halftime, making the score at the interval 4-1 in favor of the home team.
Kitsap Pumas were gifted a beautiful goal scoring opportunity just outside of the Pioneers box and a power play with a minute gone by in the second half. The Pumas made it 5-1 while the Pioneers' #13 sat out his time in the penalty box. The visitors retaliated though, catching the Pumas off guard as they pushed up the field and scored their second goal of the match; an easy tap in for their number eleven. Friesen found the back of the net again with eight minutes until the end of the quarter to give the Pumas an assuring 7-2 lead. Again Tumwater came back and scored another, their number seven grabbing his second of the night and the Pioneers' third. Brim was hurt in his attempts to deny the visitors their goal and was taken off in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. His replacement, Marshall Reese, did an excellent job despite having big gloves to fill. He kept a clean sheet for the remainder of the match.
The much anticipated Cameron Stone found the back of the net and Pat Perkins added to the final scoreline of 11-3 with an incredible performance up top for the Pumas despite being shoved by the Tumwater defense. Cisneros netted a shot just as lovely as his assist for Friesen, taking the ball from the Puma half and slamming it into the bottom corner of the Tumwater net. Perkins topped off the affair and scored the final goal for the Pumas with two minutes to go, giving the fans something to cheer about in the closing moments of the game and assuring an opening victory for the boys in white and blue.
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