Kitsap Pumas and Sounders 2 play to hard-fought 1-1 draw

S2 takes lead in second half, but Kitsap responds within three minutes

Kitsap Pumas and Sounders 2 play to hard-fought 1-1 draw

BREMERTON, Wash. — Two late goals punctuated an entertaining 1-1 draw between the Kitsap Pumas and Seattle Sounders 2 at Gordon Field on Saturday. Russell Sterling put the visitors up in the 78th minute, but Javier Castro responded with the equalizer three minutes later.

“It was a good learning experience for our guys and a good test with the regular season still to kick off in a couple weeks,” Pumas head coach Cameron MacDonald said. “It gave us a good idea of where we stand before we take on the difficult task of defending our Northwest Division title.”

Both teams started the match at flying pace, eager to impress an early season crowd of 1,365 at Gordon Field. The Pumas had the better of the chances, both through the run of play and on set pieces, as S2 started a mixture of regulars and academy players.

The final shot tally was 13-3 in the Pumas’ favor, illustrating the quality of the Kitsap attack. Nonetheless, it took until late into the match before the fans got the breakthrough they wanted.

S2 took advantage of winning the ball in their defensive half, breaking forward on the counterattack through Sterling. Sterling found himself one-on-one with Pumas goalkeeper Matt Grosey and slipped the ball inside the far post to give his team a 1-0 lead in the 78th minute.

The Pumas didn’t back down, though, as substitute forward Javier Castro slammed a shot into the net from close range after a build-up down the right wing in the 81st minute.

The match capped off a full day of play at Gordon, as the Pumas defeated a Naval Base Kitsap team earlier before the Navy team played to a close 2-2 draw with Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Kitsap concludes its preseason on May 1 with a final friendly against former coach Pete Fewing and his Seattle University at Gordon Field. The first regular-season game takes place May 7 at Gordon Field against the Victoria Highlanders.

— Match Report —

Match: Kitsap Pumas vs. Seattle Sounders 2
Date: April 23, 2016
Competition: Friendly
Venue: Gordon Field — Bremerton, Wash.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Attendance: 1,365
Weather: 55 degrees, cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Kitsap 0 1 1
Sounders 2 0 1 1

S2 – Russell Sterling, 78’
KIT – Javier Castro, 81’

Kitsap: 18.Matt Grosey — 19.Matt Eronemo (2.Buba Findi, 70), 3.Cory Keitz, 4.Rene DeZorzi, 13.Kalem Scott (16.Conner Bevans, 70) — 5.Trevor Jensen, 10.Jesús Sánchez (17.Alcides Thomas), 8.Ibrahim Diaby — 15.Darius Madison, 9.Hamza Haddadi (22.Javier Castro, 60), 6.Nick Hamer
Subs Not Used: 1.Arturo Oberto, 12.Jonny Caparelli, 7.Mikhail Doholis
Head coach: Cameron MacDonald

Sounders 2: 98.Matt Bersano — 81.Devon Fisher, 36.Michael Nelson, 70.Brandon John, 40.Nick Hinds — 42.Handuralla Braun, 88.Emir Alihodzic, 34. Jordan Schweitzer — 45.Harrison Kurtz, 43.Connor Noblat, 95.Carlos Patino
Subs: 47.Trey Muse, 51.Habib Barry, 44.John Magnus, 55.Adrian Rawyler, 46.Christian Schwab, 63.Russell Sterling, 54.Sam Rogers, 50.Tobi Jnohope
Head coach: Ezra Hendrickson

Stats Summary: KIT / S2
Shots: 13 / 3
Saves:  2 / 6
Fouls: 14 / 9

Misconduct Summary:
S2 – Brandon John (caution), 29’

Referee: Chuck Spaniola
Assistant Referee 1: Abdiraman Kenan
Assistant Referee 2: Israel Unzueta
4th Official: Joe Tompkins