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Chippy battle ends in draw

Brad Kamden and Matt Grosey shake hands after the Foothills F.C. vs. Kitsap Pumas at Hellard Field in Calgary on Thursday, June 18, 2015. The game ended in a draw, which is the first time Kitsap had lost points all season. (Photo by Kyle Meller)

Matt Grosey, left, and Brad Kamden shake hands after the Foothills F.C. vs. Kitsap Pumas at Hellard Field in Calgary on Thursday, June 18, 2015. The game ended in a draw, which is the first time Kitsap had lost points all season. (Photo by Kyle Meller)

Another game, another draw for the Foothills F.C. as the team was held to just one point for the fifth time in six matches.

The Foothills F.C. tied the Kitsap Pumas 1-1 at Hellard Field in Calgary on June 18, and unfortunately, the idiom “the one that got away” has been the story of the season so far.

“Two points dropped,” Leon Hapgood, assistant coach, said.

“For me personally, we should have won the game.”

Hapgood was the bench-boss for the game as head coach, Tommy Wheeldon Jr., served his one game suspension.

This game, however, needs to be looked at in a positive light as the division leading Pumas came in with a flawless 6-0-0 record.

“Over the last month the lads have been brilliant. They have, they’ve worked really hard, and tactically they’re doing everything we’re asking of them.”

The Foothills F.C. remain the only team to have scored against the Pumas, which says something about the Foothills F.C. in their first season.

The first game against the Pumas, which the Foothills F.C. lost 3-1, carried a similar storyline to this game; a solid 75 minute performance, but not the full 90 they need.

The game was a heated affair from start to finish; three cautions were handed out, two to Calgary and one to Kitsap.

Calgary’s best defence is a good offense, as the team played a majority of the game in the Kitsap end. Another strong performance by goalkeeper, Sean Melvin, helped anchor the back when needed.

The pressure mounted through the second-half after Yoann Andre Promonet came on as substitute.

“We made our substitutions, and they were positive.”

Promonet scored an “absolute wonderful” goal in the 74 minute that gave the Foothills F.C. fans hope that this was the game to finally beat the division leaders.

What followed was eight solid minutes of pressure from Calgary that included a couple of shots just above the crossbar. Then the equalizer came from Kitsap’s Nick Hamer in the 83 minute.

“We had a chance to create something in the box, and then 10 seconds later its 1-1,” Hapgood said.

The Foothills F.C. hope for a quick turn around, as the next game comes on Sunday, against the Washington Crossfire.

“Hopefully Sunday, it might go our way.

“The players deserve a win.”

Kickoff for the Washington Crossfire game is 1:30 p.m. at Hellard Field.

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