Pumas win handily in season-opener

The Kitsap Pumas were dominant in their United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (USL PDL) debut May 2, beating the Spokane Spiders 5-0 at The Greyhound Park in Post Falls, Idaho.

“We’re pretty good,” said midfielder Matt Friesen, who played for the Spiders for two seasons prior to becoming a Puma. “This organization has brought out all the steps and given the players all we need to succeed.”

Tony Kerr scored the club’s first goal, Stephen Phillips scored two goals, Stephen Mohn added another and the Spiders committed an own-goal on a header by one of its own defenders en route to the 5-0 finish.

Pumas goalkeeper Dustyn Brim notched the club’s first shutout, playing the entire 90-minute game.

“It’s a good start,” said coach John Wedge following his first-ever professional coaching victory. “I don’t think we played that well in the first half, but for the second half we passed the ball much better.”

Free kicks

Ben Pecora, the club’s executive director, said Tuesday the new video scoreboard for Memorial Stadium is installed and will be turned on for the home-opener May 15 ... Individual game tickets went on sale May 2 and can be purchased online at for $10 (covered grandstand), $8 (uncovered grandstand) or $5 (family zone) ... The club has launched a “comprehensive military appreciation program” that is open to all active, retired and civilian staff, offering vouchers for 25 percent off any item in the stadium during home games and a fifth ticket free when four are purchased ... The Pumas are at the Yakima Reds at 7:05 p.m. tomorrow and opening night at Bremerton’s Memorial Stadium is 7:30 p.m. May 15.

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