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Article By Nick Vitalis for NWAC

Clark College’s historically dominant defense finally faltered Sunday afternoon, as the second-ranked Peninsula College Pirates claimed the NWAC women’s soccer championship by a score of 2-0.

In a dominant run, the third-ranked Clark College Penguins have allowed just one goal in the last thirteen games.

It took just four minutes for the second-best offense in the conference to beat them.

A perfectly-placed free kick off the foot of sophomore Halle Watson found the head of sophomore Samantha Guzman, and the back of the net. The entire team rushed her; even sophomore goalie Andrea Kenagy ran across the field to join the frenzy.

Kenagy was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after the game. Though she stands just 5’ 3”, Peninsula head coach Kanyon Anderson said she makes up for it in other ways.

“Her spiritual presence is huge, she stands back there like a giant. We’re lucky to have her back there for us,” Anderson said.

In the fifteenth minute, an even more impressive goal was scored.

Sophomore Emilee Greve took a corner kick and curved it directly into the far upper corner of the goal, just past the reaching hands of Clark goalie Maggie Higgins.

“I was looking to get it back post and saw Halle running, but it just went in,” Greve said.

The high-powered Peninsula offense unleashed a torrent on Clark early, with ten shots and seven shots on goal in just the first half.

Though the Penguins’ defense was more vaunted coming in, it was the Pirates’ defense who dictated the game. They smothered Clark’s offense, with a defender seemingly immediately swarming the ball, breaking up most attacking plays in the midfield.

“I think we’ve had a really underrated defense all year…[but] it’s the best defense I’ve ever coached,” Anderson said.

In particular, Anderson mentioned his center backs as standouts on a defense full of them.

“We have the two best center backs in the league in Samantha [Guzman] and Halle [Watson]. They’re really high-level DI center backs, and that’s rare,” Anderson said. “They’ve started every single game together the last two years.”

Clark was held to just a pair of shots in the first half. They laid on the pressure in the second half, unleashing a flurry of shots and chances in the last fifteen minutes. But Kenagy held strong, notching 6 saves to lock the game down.

“I trust my backline, and they trust me,” Kenagy said. “We work well together, so everything falls into place.”

Peninsula didn’t have an easy path through the tournament. They faced an impressive Highline Community College team that was ranked No. 12 in the country and tops in the NWAC, but still delivered a trio of shutouts. 

With their fourth championship, Peninsula becomes the winningest program in NWAC history, despite being started just nine years ago.

 

 

2017 Women's All-Star, All-Conference

PORT ANGELES – Sydney Warren was named North Region Most Valuable Player, Kanyon Anderson repeated as Coach of the Year, and Peninsula College was well represented in the North Region All-Star soccer selection process with an extraordinary 13 players earning Northwest Conference post season honors.

Warren, a sophomore from Maple Valley who leads the NWAC in scoring, was named MVP and also earned a spot as a North Region All-Star forward along with teammate Jordyn DiCintio, a sophomore from San Diego, California, who leads the NWAC in assists.

Joining Warren and DiCintio on the North Region All-Star Team are Kelly Kevershan, a sophomore midfielder from Tucson; Janis Martinez-Ortiz, a sophomore midfielder from Las Vegas; Sam Guzman, a freshman defender from Corona, California; and Akari Hoshino, a sophomore goal keeper from Adachi, Japan.

Also earning recognition as North Region All-Conference selections are Sarah Reiber, a sophomore midfielder from Yakima; Maddy Parton, a sophomore forward from Leavenworth; and Malia Brudvik, a sophomore defender from Auburn.

“These players are all very deserving and I am proud of them,” said head coach Kanyon Anderson, who this year shared North Region Coach of the Year honors with Mary Schroeder of Whatcom. “They are talented, but also great teammates who play for the team and not for their own recognition. They know that without a great team around them, they would not have the success they do.”

The Pirates also led the NWAC again this year with the number of student athletes receiving All-Academic honors with Emilee Greve, Tatiana Hagan, Kelly Kevershan, Jayna Morikawa, Maddy Parton, Emelie Small, Sydney Warren and Yasmin Escobar all earning that award.

Nov. 10 NWAC Semifinal

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula Pirates, who this week moved up to No. 4 in the national junior college women’s soccer rankings, will get an 8:25 a.m. Thursday sendoff at the College where they will travel to Tukwila to train at the Starfire Sports Complex in preparation for Friday’s 12:30 Northwest Athletic Conference semifinal match against Tacoma.

This year marks the seventh straight league championship for the Pirates and the seventh straight trip to the NWAC Final Four.

The defending NWAC champions and top-ranked team in the conference is not taking Tacoma lightly, however, despite a 9-0 win over the Titans back on Aug. 29.

“Tacoma is a tough match-up,” said head coach Kanyon Anderson, who was recently named the North Region Co-Coach of the Year. “They have had some great results this season and it took a great effort to go to Walla Walla and knock off an unbeaten team. We had a good result against TCC early in the year, but we realize that that game has very little to do with the upcoming game.”

The Pirates, who finished 15-0 in league play and 19-0 overall this year, are riding a 37-match winning streak that dates back to a Sept. 9, 2016 tie with Spokane. It’s the longest junior college win streak in the country.

Tacoma, meanwhile, played in the shadow of second-ranked Highline in the West Region all season, finishing second with a 10-2-2 record, 15-5-2 overall. The sixth-ranked Titans then shut out Clackamas 1-0 in the first round of the NWAC playoffs before upsetting Walla Walla 3-2 in the quarterfinals. The Warriors were the East Region champions and tied with Highline for the No. 2 ranking in the NWAC.

“We are feeling good about where we are physically and mentally,” Anderson said. “Soccer is a difficult game to predict, but we feel we have done all we can to maximize our chances of playing well.”

His Pirates had a rather easy go of the North Region, winning all 15 matches and outscoring opponents 119-5, but they got a good test from Lane in the quarterfinals, passing that test with a 3-0 victory.

The NWAC semifinals has Peninsula squaring off against Tacoma at 12:30 Friday at the Starfire Sports Complex, followed by Highline vs. Clark at 3 p.m. The winners advance to play in Sunday’s 2:30 NWAC Championship, also at Starfire. The All-Star members of the teams that fall in the semifinals will participate in the NWAC All-Star Game at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

The Pirates are led by North Region MVP Sydney Warren, who continues to re-write the single-season scoring record at Peninsula, currently at 30 goals. That mark leads the NWAC.

Also putting up good numbers this season offensively are Taylor Graham, who has 14 goals off the bench for the Pirates, Janis Martinez-Ortiz with 13, Maddy Parton with 13, Kelly Kevershan with 11, Jayna Morikowa with 11 and Shantel Torres-Benito with nine.

The Pirates also have the NWAC’s top assist leader in sophomore Jordyn DiCintio with 28. Kevershan has 10, Martinez-Ortiz has 10, Parton nine, and Briana Duran, Graham, Sarah Reiber and Warren have seven each.

Defensively, Peninsula is led by goal keeper Akari Hoshino, who has seven shutouts and who has allowed only seven goals in 16 matches. And although there aren’t stats to support them, Peninsula’s back line, led by Samantha Guzman, Emelie Small, Malia Brudvik, and Halle Watson have been very strong.

Tacoma’s Isabelle Creighton is right behind Warren among NWAC scoring leaders with 24 goals, and teammate Haleigh Thompson has 11.

Tacoma’s assist leader is Jolene Kvinsland with eight, Thompson has eight and Kayley Cruz has five.

As a team, the Pirates lead the NWAC with 138 goals, which has already smashed the NWAC women’s soccer team scoring record set by Walla Walla back in 2007. The Pirates have given up nine goals.