Although FC Tacoma managed to make the final scoreline a bit more respectable, Wednesday night's first round match in the 2015 US Open Cup was thoroughly dominated by the Kitsap Pumas, who played the entire match in a 3-4-3 formation. The Pumas scored early and often, building a 5-0 lead by the end of the 54th minute. It was only after Tacoma began to make some substitutions that it was able to find a pair of goals toward the end of the match.
Kitsap opened the scoring in the 4th minute when Joe Masumiya finished a cross from Mike Ramos. The Pumas doubled their lead in the 32nd minute when Carlos Patino rounded the goalkeeper and calmly finished to make it 2-0. Masumiya got his brace in the 38th minute to make the score 3-0 at halftime. They didn't waste any time putting the game away early in the second half, as a Jacob Bond header on a Kitsap corner made it 4-0. The Pumas scored their final goal of the night on a Trevor Jensen goal from a difficult angle.
There was a Sounders connection on the pitch tonight, with HGP prospect and UW player Ryan Herman playing in goal for Tacoma. His UW teammate Steven Wright was a bright spot for Tacoma, scoring a goal in the 75th minute after spending most of the night exhibiting his speed and high work rate as his team's biggest attacking threat in the match. Pedro Millan added a goal on a direct free kick that was awarded after a Kitsap player handled the ball just outside of the box.
Kitsap moves on to the second round of the US Open Cup, where they will face Seattle Sounders FC 2 at Starfire next Wednesday. The Pumas open their 2015 PDL schedule against Lane United in Eugene this weekend. Meanwhile, FC Tacoma continues its NPSL season with a pair of matches this weekend at Starfire. Tacoma faces Sonoma Sol at 10 AM on Saturday before hosting Sacramento Gold at 4 PM on Sunday.