Peninsula climbs to top

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Looks like that No. 1 ranking might stick.

After earning their first No. 1 ranking in school history, Peninsula's Pirates went out and knocked off a pair of the NWAACC's best teams last week, getting by division rival Tacoma 5-2 on Sept. 29 and shutting out No. 3-ranked Chemeketa 2-0 on Oct. 2.

Tacoma took an early lead in the mid-week showdown, getting a score from Jesus Esquivel just six minutes in.

Tyler Hindmarch tied it off a feed from Miguel Gonzalez.

The Pirates got a great strike from Brian Holguin just before

halftime, ripping a 30-yard free kick past the Tacoma keeper for a 2-1 lead.

Tacoma tied it about 12 minutes into the second half off a Gaelan Hartliep score, but Peninsula responded with a barrage of shots and scores. Jake Hughes found the net at 67 minutes. Then Miguel Gonzalez found Holguin for his second score of the game with two minutes remaining, and Hindmarch added his second score of the game two minutes after that.

"We had a lot of players step up today to score," Peninsula coach Andrew Chapman said. "We waited until late in the second half before we really started to play."

Three days later, Peninsula was comparatively more sharp in a 2-0 home win against the highly-ranked Chemeketa Storm from Oregon.

After a scoreless first half, Lucas Costa broke open the scoring, taking a David Astudillo corner kick and finding the net for a 1-0 lead.

Hindmarch made it 2-0 Peninsula at the 77th minute off a feed from Jeff Mullen to cap the scoring, while Peninsula keeper Jared Wilson (eight saves) recorded his fourth shutout of the season and the team's fifth whitewashing.

"This was a great battle," Chapman said. "Our guys played great, they fought very hard and played a total 90 minutes of soccer."

The Pirates are back in action Oct. 6 at Highline. The Pirates take on Olympic in Bremerton on Oct. 13 and host Bellevue on Oct. 16.

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