Open Cup hangover plagues Pumas in 2-0 loss to Seattle Sounders U23

Goalkeeper Matt Grosey makes five saves despite conceding twice

Open Cup hangover plagues Pumas in 2-0 loss to Seattle Sounders U23

SUMNER, Wash. — The Kitsap Pumas failed to find the back of the net as they lost 2-0 in a classic PDL rivalry match against the Seattle Sounders U23 in a hard-fought match at Sunset Stadium. Guillermo Delgado and José Aguinaga scored late in the first half for Seattle.

Chris Wingate assisted Delgado with a through ball, as the scorer found himself behind the defense and slotted it into the back of the net. Delgado then had the assist on the second goal, with a backheel flick to Aguinaga.

The Pumas’ best chance came in the 68th minute, when Darius Madison went to ground in the 18-yard box, drawing a penalty. Cory Keitz took the shot, but Sounders U23 goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell made a diving save, foiling the spark the Pumas so desperately needed.

Kitsap goalkeeper Matt Grosey put in his second solid performance of the week after a great outing against the MLS Sounders in the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Fourth Round on June 15. Grosey amassed five saves, all in the second half, including two within seconds of each other in the 77th and 78th minutes, one of which was a one-handed diving save. Caldwell was also credited with five saves.

The Pumas pressured late, trying to make anything cross the line, creating six second-half corner kicks and forcing Caldwell to make three saves.

Kitsap now finds itself at 2-3-2 in PDL play, with five points, as it heads to top-of-the-table Calgary Foothills for back-to-back games. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. PT on June 24 and 1 p.m. PT on June 26.

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