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Chemeketa Storm ends Pirates' season

The dream of a Peninsula College NWAACC soccer title will have to wait another year.

Top-ranked Chemeketa rebounded

from an early Peninsula score to reel off three unanswered scores of their own to top the Pirates 3-2 in Salem, Ore., on Saturday in the NWAACC playoff quarterfinals.

Brent Ricigliano got the Pirates on the scoreboard with a score off a John Troka assist at the 12-minute mark.

But Gustavo Bermudez, by far the NWAACC's leading scorer (30 goals) got scores at 16 and 30 minutes, with another score from teammate Juan Ibanez in between, to take a 3-1 lead into halftime.

"We made some changes and had the run of play for the entire second half," said Peninsula coach Andrew Chapman.

The Storm defense held steady until P.C.'s Cory Matthews took a feed from Aaron Oppeltz and scored, but it wasn't enough to help the Pirates advance to their third consecutive Final Four.

The Pirates nearly were upset at home in the opening round, giving up two late goals in regulation before Ricigliano netted the game-winner in the first overtime to beat Edmonds 3-2 on Nov. 11.

Omar Anderson opened the scoring just seven minutes into the match, taking the feed from Cody Sloan and pushing it past the Triton keeper.

Four minutes into the second half, Martin Gray found Jagpreet Kang, the Port Angeles High grad, for a score and 2-0 Pirate lead.

Peninsula looked like it would be an easy shutout win before Tanner Parot ripped a shot through the Peninsula defense for a score with eight minutes left. Given new life, the Tritons got another score from Nick Terrel with two minutes to play, shocking the Pirate players, bench and home crowd.

But Peninsula got revenge soon enough. Just two minutes in to the first overtime, Edmonds was called for fouling Anderson. Sophomore John Troka took the free kick and the Edmonds keeper deflected his low liner to Ricigliano, who put the rebound in. The loss at Chemeketa dropped Peninsula to 3-7 all-time in the NWAACC playoffs.

Reach Michael Dashiell at miked@sequimgazette.com.

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