The Kitsap Pumas put in all on the line in the closing quarter of their match up against the South Sound Shock but were unfortunately defeated 7-4 after nearly managing to level the scoreline.At kickoff only goal difference separated the two sides with the Pumas in the lead but now Kitsap are going to have to play hard for good results and hope that South Sound encounter a defeat in the last remaining fixtures of the 2012/2013 PASL season. The Shock are now at the top of the table with a three point lead.
The game got off to a bad start for the Pumas when they conceded just three minutes in. They were well on their way to equalizing as they pressed the Shock's goal when Yuma Inagawa was brutally fouled, his face smashed against the glass directly in front of the Kitsap Pumas most dedicated fan section. Inagawa was down and eventually taken off the field after recovering from the hard knock to his head and collecting the teeth that had been misplaced and were scattered across the turf. The player responsible for the injury was given a blue card and the Pumas equalized just fifteen seconds into the power play with a smashing goal from Cisco Cisneros.
|South Sound Shock players before the match|
|The Pumas were joined ahead of the match|
by one of their academy teams
For the remainder of the match it was a frustrating situation for the home side. They dominated in terms of possession and got tons of shots off but the more balls that bounced off of the boards rather than hitting the back of the net, the more the frustration set in. The Shock were quick on the counter attack but the home side managed not to concede in the third quarter. They put themselves within one goal of South Sound with an excellently placed finish from Graham Davidson just before the buzzer sounded for the time out before the final period of the match. By the fourth quarter, the Pumas looked tired and mildly irritated as they watched their shots bounce off of fortunate Shock defenders, the walls surrounding the goal, or stop dead at the strong hands of the visitor's goalkeeper. Two consecutive blue cards for the Pumas were just too much to handle. Despite being one goal away from the draw and a point, they conceded in the second power play and then one more goal followed by a cocky celebration from South Sound's number nine sealed the victory for the visitors.
The Pumas will look to get their form back next week away to the Oregon Blacktails.