TUKWILA – The Northwest Athletic Conference’s top-ranked Pirates had to settle for a third-place trophy this year, following a thrilling 2-1 Semifinal loss to Highline in a driving rainstorm at the Starfire Sports Complex Saturday afternoon.
The Peninsula College women’s soccer program, only six years old, was in its fifth straight NWAC Final Four Tournament. The Pirates won NWAC titles in 2012 and 2013, they placed second in 2011 and 2014, and this year tied for third.
The North Division champion Pirates were expecting a battle from West Division champion Highline – and they got one.
The Thunderbirds broke out of a scoreless match in the 54th minute when Analise Miller-Wells knocked a Pirate defender off the ball on a breakaway and scored. Pirate fans went crazy when no foul was called, but the play stood.
Just three minutes later, Highline crossed a ball into the middle, drawing keeper Mania Siania-Unutoa out, and she got pinned in a pile of players leaving the goal vulnerable – and Thunderbird Dulce Armas chipped one over the crowd and into the empty net for a shocking 2-0 T-bird lead.
The Pirates closed the gap on a brilliant strike by freshman Myu Ban from long range in the 83rd minute, and they had two other opportunities to score in the final seven minutes, but could not find the equalizer.
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PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College placed 11 soccer players on the North Division women’s and men’s All-Star teams, freshman Johnny Martinez was named Most Valuable Player, and women’s head coach Kanyon Anderson received Coach of the Year honors, as announced this week by the Northwest Athletic Conference.
Myu Ban, Karen Corral, Lexi Krieger, Kai Mahuka and Ellie Small were named to the North Division Women’s Soccer All-Star Team, while MVP Martinez was joined by Eddie Benito, Trevan Estrellado, Santiago Sierra, Jose Soto and Jonathan Vasquez on the North Men’s All-Star Team.
The annual NWAC All-Star Games are one of the feature attractions of the Final Four weekend at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The women’s match will feature the North/South All-Stars taking on the West/East All-Stars at 10:30, while the men’s match follows at 12:30. Should the Pirate women and men win semifinal matches on Saturday, their players will be recognized, but will not participate in the All-Star Games. The Final Four championship matches are played on Sunday with the women kicking off at 3 p.m. and the men at 5:30.