Pumas updates: Two new players, Free Friday night clinics, preseason friendly


BREMERTON, WA–Kitsap Soccer Club announced the signings of fullback Mike Scharf and goalkeeper Joe Wheelwright for the 2017 NPSL season.

The signings take the Kitsap SC roster to 22 players ahead of the team’s first friendly on Saturday night.

Scharf, a 23-year-old native of Wildwood, Missouri, completed his final collegiate season at Missouri S&T, where he was one of three players to start all of the Miners’ games in 2016. He finished the season with three assists.

Prior to playing for Missouri S&T, Scharf played a season at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and two seasons at Maryville University in St. Louis. While at Maryville, he made 27 appearances with 24 starts. He had two assists in his career for the Saints.

“Mike came to our invitational tryout and earned a spot on the team by being one of the best out there,” associate head coach Liviu Bird said. “He came recommended to me by a colleague in St. Louis, and he’s shown a professional attitude and a potential to play at the next level. He hasn’t quite gotten there yet, but we’re hoping that he’ll keep progressing in his time here with us.”

Wheelwright, a 21-year-old native of Salt Lake City, redshirted the 2016 season at Utah Valley University, previously spending three seasons in the Portland Timbers academy.
Prior to the Timbers Academy, he was a first-team all-state player at Weber High School in Pleasant View, Utah.

“Joe is an interesting case, since he played at a high level with the Portland Timbers academy and then took two years off to go on a mission in Ecuador,” Bird said. “However, he has all the tools to be a successful goalkeeper, with his excellent shot-stopping ability and his big frame.”

Kitsap SC started training sessions on May 1 and will have open its first season in the NPSL on May 20 against Spokane Shadow SC. Kitsap opens its preseason with a friendly against Harbor SC on Saturday at Bremerton’s Gordon Field.


Kitsap SC to host free soccer clinics at Poulsbo’s Strawberry Field

kitsap_soccer_club_logo2_smallKitsap Soccer Club is excited to announce a series of Friday night soccer clinics, in partnership with North Kitsap Soccer Club, to be held at Strawberry Field in Poulsbo.

The clinics are free and open to all. Players need not have any club affiliation to participate.

The clinics are a great chance for young players to interact with members of Kitsap SC, while developing their soccer skills. There will also be ticket giveaways and visits from Kitsap SC mascot Pedro.

“We’re excited about the chance to connect with young people in Kitsap County who love to play soccer, and there’s no better way to do it than to give them a place to play for free on Fridays during our season,” Kitsap SC associate head coach Liviu Bird said. “We’re grateful to North Kitsap Soccer Club for their partnership on this and for providing us with a field, and we look forward to seeing everybody at Strawberry Field.”

The clinics will be held on May 19, June 2, June 9, June 23, June 30, July 7 and July 14. The May 19 clinic will begin at 7 p.m., while the rest will start at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Kitsap Soccer Club at (360) 377-6008 or info@kitsapsoccerclub.com.


Come get your first look at the 2017 Kitsap Soccer Club on Saturday night in its preseason debut in a friendly against Gig Harbor’s Harbor Soccer Club at Gordon Field at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton. The match begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased through the link below or at the gate. Come see new coach Roy Lassiter make his debut as Kitsap SC’s coach ahead of the team’s debut season in the National Premier Soccer League! For more information, contact (360) 377-6008 or info@kitsapsoccerclub.com.



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