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Peninsula blanks Skagit Valley
Jessica Ferrall, right, works her way around a Skagit Valley defender in the first half of Peninsula’s 4-0 win Saturday in Port Angeles. Sequim Gazette photos by Michael Dashiell
It was merely a scrimmage, but Peninsula's women kicked off their inaugural season in style Saturday afternoon.
The Pirates got two goals in each half while Krystal Daniels and Ashley Manker combined on a shutout to top Skagit Valley 4-0 at Civic Field in Port Angeles.
"We have athletes," P.C. coach Kanyon Anderson said. "They're not here to do anything but compete."
And compete they did, setting the tone early with aggressive play on all parts of the field.
That aggressiveness paid off in 20 minutes when Jessica Ferrall ripped a shot from 25 yards out that glanced off the crossbar into the instep of Dean Houser, who abruptly planted the Pirates first-ever score.
"That was definitely Ferrall's goal," Houser sheepishly admitted later. "I just cleaned it up."
Kimmy Jones made it 2-0 just before the first-half whistle, lofting a shot over the Skagit keeper's head.
Peninsula quickly made it 3-0 about 15 seconds into the second half when Ferrall knocked home her first score. Ferrall juked a Cardinal defender and keeper on her own 10 minutes later for the final score.
Anderson said he was pleased with the outcome even if Skagit is a rebuilding program with a new coach.
"Defensively we got more organized as the game went along," Anderson said.
"There are still some things we need to work on (including) the runs our strikers make. Defensively we had a couple of lapses, including a 10-minute span in the first half. Fitness is going to be an issue."
That doesn't seem to be an issue for Houser, an academic sophomore who's more of a freshman than her teammates; Anderson said she'd never played soccer before and that he had to convince her to play.
Now she holds the honor of scoring the first pirate goal, even if it was simply a scrimmage.
Said Anderson, "I couldn't have scripted it any better."
The Pirates were slated to open their non-conference schedule Aug. 31 at Everett - results of that contest were unavailable at press time. P.C. hosts Whatcom at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at Civic Field, their non-conference home opener.
Reach Michael Dashiell at firstname.lastname@example.org.