PDL: Washington Crossfire knocks off Pumas to improve to 2-0-0

PDL Primary ShieldREDMOND, WA— Look who’s leading the PDL Northwest Division after two weeks – It’s Washington Crossfire, who beat Calgary on Friday 1-0 and Monday night got a big 2-1 win over the Kitsap Pumas.

On Friday the winner was scored by Jeffery Rose. On Monday Crossfire fell behind the Pumas 1-0 on a 35th minute Alcides Thomas strike, then bounced back.

Six minutes after Thomas opened the scoring, it was center back Nathan Aune who converted on a free kick.

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 to bring the match level at 1-1.

Crossfire got their winner just after halftime, with Wesley Stark capitalizing on a 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.

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.

 

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