Puget Sound Gunners drop season finale, finish in seventh

July 15, 2014

The Puget Sound Gunners wrapped up their inaugural season in Issaquah under a cloudless sky and warmer-than-average temperatures at Gary Moore Stadium July 11.

The team’s 3-1 loss to the Victoria Highlanders FC put a cap on what’s been a season of struggles for the Gunners, who finished the season with a 3-9-2 record, good for seventh in the eight-team Northwest Division.

The Gunners were without head coach Jimmy Ball for the season finale, as he traveled to the National Premier League finals in Greensboro, N.C., with some of the ISC Gunners youth teams.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Above, Gunners forward Brady Ballew (center) serves the ball off his foot and toward a Victoria Highlanders’ defender’s face in the Gunners 3-1 loss July 11.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Above, Gunners forward Brady Ballew (center) serves the ball off his foot and toward a Victoria Highlanders’ defender’s face in the Gunners 3-1 loss July 11.

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Gunners shutout Lane United

July 1, 2014

Puget Sound Gunners midfielder Justice Duerksen had no choice but to score in the June 27 contest against Lane United FC. Family pride was on the line.

His younger sister, in town from California for a local soccer tournament, had scored a couple of goals that morning, and his whole family, including mom Betsy, an All-American player herself at Boston College, made it to Issaquah High School to watch him play.

“Oh yeah, I knew I had to go get a goal, too,” he said.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Kevin Cook (left), Puget Sound Gunners defender, sprints for the ball, while a Lane United FC defender attempts to hold him back.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Kevin Cook (left), Puget Sound Gunners defender, sprints for the ball, while a Lane United FC defender attempts to hold him back.

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Soccer clubs bring collegiate talent

June 3, 2014

Issaquah residents won’t have to go far this summer to watch some top-shelf soccer talent from across the region and world.

Issaquah High School is the primary home stadium for the Puget Sound Gunners FC and ISC Gunners FC, men’s and women’s teams that develop elite college-aged players with professional aspirations.

“This will allow fans to witness a standard of college players live and in the flesh,” the teams’ general manager Gwynne Williams said.

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