Puget Sound Gunners continue rough stretch
June 17, 2014
By Christina Corrales-Toy
The Puget Sound Gunners FC ended its three-game losing streak, but other than that, not much has gone right for the Issaquah-based semi-professional team.
A scoreless draw against the Washington Crossfire on June 9 is the only thing keeping the squad from a six-game losing streak.
The Gunners (1-5-2) hosted the Crossfire at Issaquah High School’s Gary Moore Stadium, putting up one of their better performances of the season.
“We created a lot of chances to score, which is good,” assistant coach and owner Alex Silva said. “Now, we need to convert them into goals.”
The Gunners outshot the Crossfire 11-3 in the first half of the game. It was a trend that reversed in the second half, when Crossfire had 11 shots to the Gunners’ six.
Gunners goalkeeper Keegan Rogers was under a lot of second-half pressure, but was able to maintain the shutout. He had seven saves.
Shortly after, the Gunners traveled north for a two-game road trip across the border. They left Canada without a win, scoring only one goal.
The Victoria Highlanders, featuring a starting lineup that included four former professionals, defeated a short-handed (due to graduations) Gunners squad, 4-1, June 14. Jeff Rose had the Gunners’ only score.
The very next day, it was the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 that got the best of the Gunners, 3-0. The two teams face each other again just five days later, when the Gunners host the Whitecaps at Issaquah High School at 7 p.m. June 20.
At the season’s midpoint, the Gunners find themselves at the bottom of the Premier Development League’s Northwest Division standings with just five points.
“We have a young group that has stayed relatively composed against older squads like the Kitsap Pumas,” Silva said. “We’re confident that they’ll continue to grow together and improve.”
Gunners host free clinic
The Gunners will offer a free youth soccer clinic this summer in conjunction with United Soccer Leagues and the National Guard.
The team welcomes all high-school aged players to the Lake Sammamish State Park soccer fields, where they’ll learn from the team’s players and coaches, on June 27. The clinic will focus on developing high-school players of all skill levels. The program consists of two field sessions and a college recruitment discussion.
“We’re always researching what we can do to help our community through the world’s game,” Silva said. “Partnering with USL and the National Guard is a great way to reach out to families and provide them information about collegiate opportunities.”
The clinic starts at 10 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. following a 5-on-5 tournament at Lake Sammamish State Park (11450 N.W. Sammamish Road). Registration is free but space is limited. Players will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up at http://bit.ly/PSGClinic.