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.
PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College men’s soccer team moved into sole possession of first place in the Northwest Athletic Conference North Division, and the women remained a game behind Everett in second place, following a sweep of Whatcom Community College Wednesday at Sigmar Field.
The Pirate men, currently ranked second in the Alaska Airlines NWAC Coaches’ Poll, broke out of a 1-0 thriller with two goals in the final 20 minutes in a battle of two teams that were tied for the division lead to improve to 3-0-1 in conference play and 5-1-2 overall. The Orcas fell to 2-1-1 and 3-2-1.
The PC women, meanwhile, are ranked No. 1 in the NWAC and were heavily favored to beat up on Whatcom Wednesday, but apparently no one told the Orcas. The Bellingham women withstood an offensive Pirate onslaught for 90 minutes, eventually succumbing to a 1-0 loss. Peninsula improved to 3-1-0 in conference play and 8-1-0 overall, while the Orcas fell to 1-3-0 and 2-4-0. Everett leads the North with a 4-0-0 conference record and a 6-1-1 overall mark.
Next up for the Pirates are road games at Edmonds Saturday and Shoreline Wednesday before returning home for Peninsula’s “White Out Game” against Everett on Oct. 3. The Pirate Athletic Department, sponsored by the Associated Student Government, will be dispersing white “Pirate Proud” t-shirts.