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Sophomore-dominated Pirates 'scary' on Halloween weekend

PORT ANGELES – The Northwest Athletic Conference’s top-ranked Peninsula College women and men closed out North Division play unbeaten Saturday, combining for 14 goals and a pair of shutouts over Edmonds.

It was a bittersweet day for 22 Pirate sophomores, who played their final regular season home matches on the pitch at Sigmar Field, but perhaps more sweet than bitter as the women crushed Edmonds 10-0 and the men followed with a decisive 4-0 win.

Peninsula earned a bye in the first round of the NWAC playoffs and will host a pair of quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 5. The Pirate women, who went 15-0 in North Division play to win their sixth straight division crown, will play at noon Saturday against the winner of Wednesday’s playoff between Tacoma and Walla Walla. The PC men, who finished 14-0-1 in conference play to claim their eighth straight league title, follow at 2 p.m. against the winner of a first-round match between Tacoma and the third-place finisher from the East.

A win on Saturday propels the Pirates into the NWAC Final Four, set for Nov. 11-13 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila where the men have won four championships in the last six years, including 2015, and where the women have won a pair of Washington-Oregon community college titles.

Women: Peninsula 10, Edmonds 0
Prior to kickoff, head coach Kanyon Anderson and assistant Dana De Vaughn honored 15 sophomores in a ceremony in front of the home fans. Those sophs included Hoku Afong, Audrey Barham, Leslie Cisneros, Cierra Hamilton, Malia Henderson, Elizabeth Hornsey, Kameryn Jury-Hale, Marriah Perez, Ellie Small, Bri Vallente, Heidi Vereide, Cicely Warnick, Kennady Whitehead, Coby Yoshimura and Bailie Zuber.

With 11 of the 15 sophs starting, it was evident early that the Triton women were just no match for the Pirates, ranked No. 13 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.

Afong, Peninsula’s leading scorer with 14 goals, put two goals in the net in the first 15 minutes, assisted by Hamilton and Small. The Pirates then added four more scores before the half, those from Barham, Small, Heidi Vereide and Maddy Parton.

The PC women, substituting liberally throughout the match, put up four more goals in the second half, two from Jayna Morikawa, a nice header goal from Emelie Small, and a rebound goal by Kelly Kevershan, all freshmen.

Ten different players provided assists. In addition to those from Hamilton and Ellie Small, the other eight came from  Coby Yoshimura, Afong, Barham, Kevershan, Emilee Greve, Parton, Emelie Small and Leslie Cisneros.

Sophomore keepers Warnick and Henderson combined for the shutout.

Men: Peninsula 4, Edmonds 0
The Pirate men, ranked No. 8 in the latest national poll, also honored sophomores, but there were only seven of them. Head coach Cale Rodriguez and assistant Jake Hughes recognized Henry Bernabe, Jared Ortiz, Jose Soto, Demar Stewart, Sergio Uribe, Salvador Vargas and Clarence Wong.

Those seven sophs, like their counterparts, started the match – and like the women, helped the Pirates establish momentum against a Triton team that placed third in the North and earned a playoff berth. Peninsula, however, didn’t break through until the 41st minute when Juan Carrillo went airborne for a acrobatic strike that found the net in the 41st minute. It was assisted by Kevin Medina.

The Pirates then scored twice in the first five minutes of the second half to put the match out of reach. Miguel Valderrama played a nice through ball to Joey Hollimon, who slotted it past a diving Edmonds keeper Issac Ensz. The second came from Michael Day at close range, assisted by Alex Ramos.

Peninsula added a final tally in the 65th minute when Salvador Vargas scored, assisted by Hollimon.

Uribe, a transfer sophomore, went the distance in goal for the shutout.

Photo by Jay Cline