Once the Kitsap Pumas got rolling there was nothing the Wenatchee Fire could do but take a good old-fashioned mauling on Saturday night at the Olympic Soccer and Sports Center in Bremerton. The final buzzer rang with the scoreboard reading Kitsap-17 Wenatchee-4 in the PASL-Pro match.
Eli Gordley scored four goals and assisted on two others to help Kitsap run away. Kyle Johnson scored three goals of his own and added in two assists.
The Pumas thus easily bounced back from last weeks’ 8-6 loss in Tacoma to the Stars (who lost on Saturday 8:6 in San Diego). A noisy crowd of 267 filled the near side of the center.
I’ve got video highlights at left with an interview featuring Taylor Hyde and Eli Gordley at the end. Hyde was an assistant coach on the night as the Pumas regular coaches, Dustyn Brim and John Purtteman, were unavailable. Hyde assisted winning Pumas coach Steve Cashmore.
The Pumas looked sharp the entire night and displayed quick adaptation to the indoor game. When Kitsap was scoring for fun in the fourth quarter Eli Gordley teamed up on two beautifully worked markers with Kyle Johnson. Johnson’s second strike was a nifty header.
The Pumas signed goalkeeper Nate Salveson earlier this week and he played well in goal for the club. Everyone looked good for Kitsap, including Enrique Hidalgo (2 goals), Mark Conrad (2 goals, 1 assist) and Elliott Fauske (2 goals, 1 assist).
The Pumas will play in a US Indoor Open Cup tournament on November 27th at the Tacoma Soccer Center in an effort to advance in the national tournament and play the Tacoma Stars.
See also: Match report and photos from the Kitsap Sun.
9:43 KIT – Steve Pirotte (Taylor Hyde)
3:49 KIT – Eli Gordley (Kyle Johnson)
9:36 KIT – Elliott Fauske (Johnson)
5:57 KIT – Enrique Hildalgo (un)
3:10 KIT – Mark Conrad (Thomas Ryan)
2:11 KIT – Eli Gordley (Hyde)
14:09 WEN – Walter Quiros (un)
11:04 KIT – Eli Gordley (un)
7:45 KIT – GregMiley (Hyde)
5:34 KIT – Eli Gordley (Pirotte)
3:53 KIT – Greg Miley (Fauske)
3:36 WEN – Miguel Galvan
12:53 KIT – Enrique Hildalgo (Conrad)
10:20 WEN – Elias Lopez (penalty shoot out)
8:20 WEN – Victor Navaro (un)
7:45 KIT – Kyle Johnson (Gordley)
5:06 KIT – Kyle Johnson (Gordley)
4:43 KIT – Elliott Fauske (un)
4:01 KIT – Mark Conrad (Nate Salveson)
3:40 KIT – Kyle Johnson (Miley)
1:03 KIT – Francisco Cisneros (un)