Kitsap Pumas Soccer Club held their first-ever open tryouts yesterday and The Kitsap Sun and reporter John Becerra Jr. and photographer Larry Steagall were on hand to chronicle the event.
See the Kitsap Sun coverage here.
Eighty-three soccer players from as far away as Oregon, Idaho and Alaska turned out on a cold day to impress new head coach John Wedge, his assistants Andrew Chapman and James Ritchie and a cadre of volunteers enough to earn a spot on the team.
"It's fantastic," Wedge said of the turnout.
After a brief meeting with the coaches, the hopefuls ran through defense and dribbling drills, with the goalkeepers working on their own drills.
From that, the coaches determined the final 10 players that would move on.
Two of them are former area high school standouts in David Meherg and Zack Sampson. The rest of the names will be released later this week.
Meherg, a 2007 graduate of Olympic High School, was a four-year starter for the Trojans at forward. He was the Olympic League MVP and an all-state first team selection his senior year.Photo credit: Kitsap Sun photographer Larry Steagall captures Pumas' head coach John Wedge giving instructions to trialists.