REDMOND, Wash. — Despite an Alcides Thomas goal in the 35th minute, the Kitsap Pumas lost 2-1 to Washington Crossfire on Monday to remain officially winless in the 2016 season. With the club’s season-opening win reversed due to a league ruling, Kitsap sits at the foot of the PDL Northwest Division on -2 points after three matches.
Crossfire’s biggest threats of the match came on set pieces, beginning with a narrow miss on a header at the back post from Chaz Jenkins off a wide free kick in the 28th minute. Six minutes after Thomas opened the scoring, it was center back Nathan Aune who converted on another free kick.
This time, the ball bounced around the Pumas’ penalty area, and an initial shot struck the right post. Aune was on hand to clean up the effort, tapping it past a cluster of players in front of goal.
Crossfire took the lead just after halftime, with Wesley Stark capitalizing on a poor giveaway in the 57th minute. He tucked his shot underneath Kitsap goalkeeper Matt Grosey, who saw his PDL shutout streak end after four consecutive games.
Even after conceding the second, Kitsap pushed to equalize again.
The Pumas went up a man as Jenkins saw a straight red card in the 62nd minute, and Jesús Sánchez, acting as captain with Cory Keitz suspended, earned a penalty with a quarter-hour remaining. However, Sánchez missed the ensuing shot wide of goal, and 10-man Crossfire held out for its second league win of the season.
With the victory, Crossfire moved to 2-0 and jumped into first place ahead of Lane United with six points. Monday also marked Crossfire’s first victory over Kitsap in 13 matches, with only one draw to go with 12 Pumas victories.
The two clubs meet again in league play on Friday, this time at Gordon Field in Bremerton, but Kitsap takes on the Seattle Sounders U23 on Wednesday in the Second Round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup first. Kickoff on Wednesday is set for 7:30 p.m. at Silverdale Stadium, while the Crossfire rematch takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday.