PORT ANGELES – The Pirate women responded to a drop from No. 1 to No. 4 in the Alaska Airlines Northwest Athletic Conference Coaches Poll by defeating the new top-ranked team Saturday, while the second-ranked men rallied in the second half to complete a home sweep over Everett.
Both teams now sit atop the North Division with eight matches remaining. The PC women are 6-1-0 in conference play and 11-1-0 overall, tied with Everett (6-1-0, 8-2-1). The Pirate men, meanwhile, improved to 6-0-1 and 8-1-2, and five points ahead of second place Whatcom (4-1-2, 5-2-2).
The Pirates travel to Skagit Valley on Wednesday and then turn right around for an even longer road trip to Bellingham on Saturday to face Whatcom.
Men: Pirates 7, Trojans 3
On paper, the conference-leading Pirates were supposed to be able to phone this one in against winless Everett, but soccer matches aren’t played on paper.
Peninsula, playing without several starters, took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute on a goal by Keo Ponce, but that was all they could muster in the first half against a determined and underrated Everett club, which used a PC own goal to make it 1-1 at the break.
SHORELINE – Another road trip and another sweep for the Peninsula Pirates Wednesday – and the stage is now set for Saturday’s Northwest Athletic Conference showdown between the top-ranked Peninsula College women and the defending NWAC champion and second-ranked Everett women.
The Peninsula women gave up only their second goal in 11 games Wednesday in a narrow 2-1 victory over third-place Shoreline, while the Pirate men avenged an earlier tie against the Dolphins with a 2-0 shutout.
That sets up Saturday’s highly anticipated home match against the Everett women, a team that defeated the Pirates twice last year, once 1-0 in a non-conference match, and the second 1-0 in the NWAC championship match, and once already this year when the Trojans eked out yet another 1-0 win on their home field back on Sept. 16. The two teams kick off “White Out Day” at Sigmar Field at noon, where PC students will receive a free white “Pirate Proud” T-shirt and non-students will have the opportunity to purchase the shirt for $5, which includes tax.
The Peninsula and Everett men follow at 2 p.m. The Pirates handled the Trojans 4-0 in their previous meeting at Everett.
EDMONDS – The Pirates earned a pair of hard-fought road wins Saturday, dropping the Edmonds women 3-0 and the men 2-1 at the beautiful Triton sports complex.
The Pirate women completed the first of three rounds of North Division play with a 4-1-0 conference record, 9-1-0 overall. Everett leads the division at 5-0-0 and 7-1-1.
The PC men remain atop the North at 4-0-1 and 6-1-2, their only blemish a tie against fourth-place Shoreline.
Next up for the women and men is a road trip to Shoreline on Wednesday. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.