Sometimes when you own a soccer store duty calls and you can’t always watch your favorite team play a very important road game in New Jersey, well that was the case with me on Saturday as I had to travel across the Sound to head up the merchandise sales for the Kitsap Pumas soccer team’s home opener against their southern rivals the Tacoma Tide. Though I went there to work it hardly felt that way, we had a modest booth set up selling various replica items for the home town Pumas, and would you believe it the most popular item was… you guessed it SCARVES!
The Pumas play at Bremerton High School which has a surprisingly nice natural grass field and the crowd of 1500+/- was loud and supportive, next to us were a couple of food vendors and a big bouncy gym in case the kids got a little bored. Well bored they wouldn’t have been. The Kitsap Pumas and the Tacoma Tide both play in the USL PDL or essentially the 3rd division of the USL but you wouldn’t know by the caliber of play. Kitsap boasts some of the best local talent this area has to offer along with some players from around the country and even some foreign players and the soccer was exciting and most of all of good quality. Kitsap’s goalkeeper Dustyn Brim made a couple of outstanding saves in the first half and central defenders Dan Scott (younger brother of Sounder FC Zach Scott) and Taylor Hyde both were strong and tenacious but also good on the ball and played out of the back very well. The midfield was controlled by Nik Besagno who was great both in attack and on the defensive side of the ball, I had never seen him play but had heard much about him and he did not disappoint. At the end of the night Kitsap was the better side and won the game 3-0 but Tacoma to their credit never gave up. I know I may be leaving out some players because I did have to work a little bit but I wanted to give a big thumbs up to the Kitsap Pumas and their coach whom many of you know, Pete Fewing, who took Seattle U to 2 national championships. He has been a good friend of mine and our store since he and I were both kids…..just ask him about the Mitre Multiplex soccer balls he used to buy from my dad! Anyway he is doing an outstanding job with this group of players as well as so far they have yet to lose a match and even beat the Portland Timbers 3-2 just days after the Timbers beat the Sounders in the pre-season.
So if you happen to be spending a beautiful summer day over on the Kitsap Peninsula and you have a chance to check them out I highly recommend it, it’s great soccer and from meeting the players last week a great local team to support
Allez Pumas (That’s their slogan J )