By Rob Shore
BREMERTON — It’s hard to tell much from a team’s first preseason friendly, especially when half of the team’s roster has yet to report to the team. But the players of Kitsap Soccer Club had plenty to feel good about after their first action of the season.
Brian Charles scored twice and assisted on another goal as Kitsap SC defeated Harbor SC, 4-0 through periodic rain at Gordon Field on Saturday night. It was the first friendly for both sides.
Kitsap SC head coach Roy Lassiter was pleased with the overall result, but admitted there was still plenty to work on.
“I’m happy for the result,” Kitsap SC head coach Roy Lassiter said. “I’m happy we stayed organized enough to not allow any goals. I think a lot came out that I wanted to see. A lot of things to talk about on the other end of that, too. …
“We’ll take some things to training to shore things up for our next match that’s coming up.”
Kitsap took control in the sixth minute when Charles played Romario Lomeli through on goal, and the former UC Riverside standout neatly chipped the ball over Harbor keeper Spencer Miele.
Charles added to the Kitsap lead in the 12th minute, stealing the ball in the Harbor penalty area and coolly firing past Miele for a 2-0 lead. He punched in Kitsap’s third goal in the 29th minute, with a deflection off Harbor defender Bryce Klatt.
Kazushiro Hamaguchi continued the scoring barrage in the 48th minute, taking a cross from Kante an firing through Miele’s legs, as sheets of rain began to drench the pitch.
Afterward, Lassiter noted not only the play of Charles, but Hamaguchi and Hamidou Kante, who terrorized Harbor on the flanks.
“I think Kazu on the left side did very, very well,” Lassiter said. “Kante did very, very well. I really liked how he imposed himself on the game. Brian, not a traditional striker, but could play that role fairly well. I thought he did his role as the No. 9 player.”
Charles nearly picked up a third goal, bombing down the right flank and firing in a shot off the far post for an apparent goal. But the score was waved off because two balls were on the pitch.
Harbor’s best opportunity came in the 80th minute after a Johnny Gibula foul just outside the penalty area. But Kitsap keeper Joe Wheelwright hardly needed to move to save Daniel Wiseman’s free kick.
Kitsap keeper Joe Wheelwright made three saves, but center backs Joe Harris and Gibula mostly kept danger away from their area.
The contest was the first of two preseason friendlies before Kitsap launches its inaugural season in the National Premier Soccer League on May 20 against Spokane Shadow SC. Kitsap Soccer club wraps up its preseason on Wednesday against South Sound FC.
The contest was the first-ever match for the Harbor SC, a longtime Gig Harbor club program which just founded its men’s side this year.