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Pirates sweep Whatcom, continue to climb in national polls

BELLINGHAM – The Peninsula College women’s and men’s soccer teams, who continue to climb the national rankings, swept the Orcas at Whatcom Wednesday.

The Pirate women rolled to a 5-0 win over Whatcom and the men followed with a 1-0 nod over the North Division’s second-place Orcas.

Both Peninsula teams remain unbeaten in conference play with one match remaining. Saturday is “Sophomore Day” at Sigmar Field where the Pirates will honor 21 sophomores prior to their noon and 2 p.m. contests against Edmonds.

The Pirate men (13-0-1, 15-0-2) haven’t lost since last Halloween - at Edmonds. In two previous matches this season, the Pirates won 3-0 and 2-1.

Peninsula moved up to No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Junior College Division I Poll and has been ranked No. 1 in the Northwest Athletic Conference poll all season.

The PC women (14-0-0, 15-1-1) have only one blemish on their record, a 2-1 non-conference loss to Highline back on Aug. 28. The Pirates moved up to No. 13 in the nation in the latest NSCAA poll and took over the No. 1 spot in the NWAC on Oct. 13.

Women: Peninsula 5, Whatcom 0
The Pirates, who clinched their sixth straight North Division championship more than a week ago, were facing a second-place Whatcom club that needed a win to stay ahead of Everett in the standings. The Orcas, however, were no match for Peninsula, falling 5-0 and slipping into third place.

The PC women got goals from Sydney Warren, Kameryn Jury-Hale, Coby Yoshimura, Hoku Afong and Jayna Morikawa.

Collecting assists Wednesday were Audrey Barham with two, Maddy Parton with two, and Sarah Reiber with one.

It was Peninsula’s 14th shutout in 17 matches this season.

Men: Peninsula 1, Whatcom 0
The Pirates avenged a tie in their last meeting with Whatcom by shutting out the Orcas on their home field.

The fourth-ranked Orcas, who scored in extra time at Sigmar Field back on Oct. 8 to earn a 1-1 tie, could not manage a goal this time around against a very strong Pirate back line and the outstanding keeper play of Brannon Dwyer.

The only goal of the match came in the 34th minute when Kevin Medina got the ball to Miguel Valderrama, who scored what proved to be the game winner.