Pumas get late goal to sink Sounders U23

Daniel Davidson.

BREMERTON, WA — (Pumas release) The Kitsap Pumas clawed out a narrow 1-0 victory against the leaders of the PDL Northwest Division, Seattle Sounders U23, securing all three points as they continue to climb up the table.

The goal came in the 85th minute as Daniel Davidson tapped the ball in off a corner that bounced around in the penalty area. The goal came on the Pumas’ sixth corner of the game.

The first half started out with nothing doing for either team in the opening 10 minutes but soon turned into chances for both, with the Pumas getting the better of those chances. Hamza Haddadi got a favorable rebound in the 36th minute that led to a one-on-one opportunity with goalkeeper Paul Christensen, but Haddadi wasn’t able to turn around in time to get a quality shot off.

The Pumas mustered up some pressure at the end of the first half by creating commotion in the box, winning a corner kick as time ticked toward the end of the first half.

Kitsap controlled possession for the majority of the second half, and a header from Connor MacMillan found the back of the net but was called offside in the 60th minute.

PDL Northwest Division

Team GP W L T PTS GF GA +/-
Sounders FC U23 11 7 4 0 21 18 12 6
Calgary Foothills FC 11 6 2 3 21 17 7 10
Lane United FC 10 3 3 4 13 9 8 1
Victoria Highlanders FC 11 3 4 4 13 13 14 -1
Washington Crossfire 11 3 4 4 13 11 13 -2
Kitsap Pumas 11 3 4 4 10 7 13 -6
Portland Timbers U-23s 11 2 6 3 9 12 20 -8

Davidson also had some good chances throughout the game before his goal, including a header that nestled into Christensen’s arms.

The Sounders U23 had a goal of their own called back because of another offside call in stoppage time of the second half, a goal that would have been devastating for the Pumas as they look to clinch a playoff spot toward the end of the season.

Goalkeeper Matt Grosey continued his solid play for the Pumas, locking up his third clean sheet in a row and amassing a series of saves to keep the ball from finding the back of the net.

This was the fourth and final meeting between the Pumas and the Sounders U23 and the second in two weeks. The Pumas avenged their earlier 2-0 loss in the June 17 matchup. That game marked the only time the Pumas have lost to the Sounders U23 all season.

The Pumas now find themselves on 10 points with three games left to go, all taking place at Gordon Field. The next match is on July 6 as the Pumas will take on the Portland Timbers U23.



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