Pumas looking to rebound Saturday

Adversity isn’t a word normally used when discussing the Kitsap Pumas.
After all, the defending Premier Development League champions entered the season with a 36-5-8 record in regular-season games. They’ve never lost two games in a row.

Yet the Pumas are going into Saturday’s home opener against Fraser Valley looking to avoid their first losing streak after dropping a 3-0 game to Vancouver last week.
Kitsap, which will be wearing pink jerseys to support breast cancer awareness, has dominated Fraser Valley — formerly Abbotsford — in the previous three seasons. The Pumas have won all six matches, outscoring their opponents 17-4.

Kitsap welcomed back a familiar face this week in Elliot Fauske. The defender/midfielder played for the Pumas last season, serving as a part-time starter/super sub. He was added to Kitsap’s roster (at least the one listed on the PDL site) recently, but he wasn’t with the team during preseason and I’m not sure if he was in camp with any other PDL clubs. I’ll try to find out the circumstances regarding his addition on Friday.

Fauske is an overage player, but with Taylor Hyde still working his way back following hip surgery, he can fit on the roster. But I don’t think Hyde is too far away from returning, so the club has a decision to make regarding its overage contingent.

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