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Pirates second place

TUKWILA – One untimely bounce proved to be the difference between a historic championship season and just a historic remarkable season for the Peninsula College women’s soccer team.

In a repeat of the 2016 Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer championship, Highline and Peninsula battled through a scoreless 90 minutes Sunday at a rainy Starfire Sports field – and once again, the only goal of the match came in overtime. This year, however, it was the Thunderbirds who produced the goal and hoisted the NWAC trophy.

“It’s such a razor thin difference between the celebration and the hardware, and the sorrow,” Pirate head coach Kanyon Anderson said after the match.

His team had to settle for second place with just one heartbreaking loss on its’ record, but it was still a historic run for the Pirates. Peninsula had won a nation-leading 38 straight games, dating back to early 2016, and this year set the NWAC scoring record for women’s soccer with 142 goals, smashing the 129 that Walla Walla tallied in 2007.

Peninsula climbed to No. 4 in the national rankings, equaling the highest such mark in the College’s history – in any sport.

The Pirates finished with a 20-1-0 record, just missing a chance to become the first unbeaten team in Peninsula’s storied eight-year soccer history – and also just missing a chance to become the winningest women’s soccer program in NWAC history. No team has won four NWAC titles – and that is a chapter coach Anderson and his Pirates still have ahead of them to write.

The Pirates won NWAC trophies in 2016 when they went 19-1-1, in 2013 when they were 20-2-0, and in 2012 when they finished 22-1-1.

It was also a record-breaking year for two individual players. Sophomore Sydney Warren, who on Sunday was named the 2017 NWAC Player of the Year and previously awarded North Region MVP, finished with 31 goals, a single season record, and NWAC All-Star teammate Jordyn Dicintio broke Peninsula’s single season and career assist record with 28.

In Sunday’s thrilling final, a big crowd turned out to cheer on both teams under the roof at Starfire Stadium – and they saw some outstanding soccer.

There were momentum shifts throughout the match, and each team had point-blank scoring opportunities denied by outstanding defensive efforts.

Peninsula outshot Highline 8-7 on the night, but both keepers, Peninsula’s Akari Hoshino and Highline’s Jocelyn Hanrath, came up big when the heat was on.

The fouls were also pretty even, as the T-birds were whistled for 12 and the Pirates 11.

Two scoreless halves sent the match into overtime, and in the first golden goal OT period, Highline worked the ball down to the Peninsula end, a throw-in found its way into the box, bouncing into an open space, and it was almost like slow motion for Pirate fans when Highline’s Jewel Boland pounced on the ball and blasted it past a diving Hoshino to suddenly end the match. Bella Keane was credited with the assist.

Sydney Warren

TUKWILA - The Pirates shutout Tacoma 4-0 Friday to return to the NWAC championship for the fifth time in the last six years where they will face Highline in a much-anticipated rematch of last year's title match.

The 2017 NWAC championship is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Starfire where the Peninsula women will try to become the first team in NWAC women's soccer history to win four NWAC titles. The match will be live-streamed on the NWAC's YouTube site.

In Friday's semifinal, it took a half for the Pirates to separate from the Titans, but the big crowd of Peninsula soccer followers saw a match that was dominated by the home team.

Jayna Morikawa scored on a nice ball from Shantel Torres-Benito in the 31st minute and it wasn't until the 66th minute that the defending NWAC champions and top-ranked team was able to find the insurance goal - and it came from the NWAC's leading scorer, Sydney Warren, that one also assisted by Torres-Benito.

Peninsula then put it out of each when Taylor Graham sent a perfect through ball to Brianna Duran, who blasted it past Tacoma keeper Jenna Poland - and then it was Kelly Kevershan's turn. The PC student body president struck one sharply from the wing in a fashion that could only be described as Beckhamesque.

The Pirates outshot Tacoma 19-5, but that doesn't mean PC keeper Akari Hoshino had the day off, as she recorded a well-earned shutout with the help of Peninsula's outstanding back line and defensive midfield, led Saturday by Malia Brudvik, Samantha Guzman, Halle Watson, Emelie Small, Jordyn DiCintio, and Sarah Reiber.

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.