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Pirate men snag early victories

by MICHAEL DASHIELL
Sequim Gazette
 

That old, yet familiar feeling …

 

Peninsula’s men’s soccer squad is showing little rust from its championship season after sweeping a trio of non-conference matches last week.

 

On Sept. 3, the Pirates blanked host Clark 2-0 in Vancouver, Wash.

 

Sophomore striker Miguel Gonzalez scored on an unassisted goal in the first minute and added an assist to Sean Prizeman to seal the win at 75 minutes.

 

Gonzalez’ score was his fourth of the season and 19th all-time — one short of the school mark set by Ernest Boham (2007-2008).

 

Peninsula, which out-shot Clark 12-6, is now 3-0.

 

“This was a great win for us,” Peninsula coach Andrew Chapman said. “Clark is a very good team and traveling to Vancouver and playing them on their field is tough.”

 

Peninsula notched two wins at the Starfire Sports Complex last week. On Aug. 31, the Pirates topped Columbia River 3-1 in a rematch of a 2010 NWAACC conference semifinal match.

 

As they did a year ago, Peninsula came out on top, getting goals from Dean Gaynor (12-minute-mark), Jake Hughes (55 minutes) and Sergio Oliveira (80 minutes). Aaron Jeffrey, Miguel Gonzalez and David Gonzalez each had assists.

 

“We played well and moved the ball,” Chapman said.

 

A day later, the Pirates blasted Evergreen State College 4-1, as Miguel Gonzalez scored a hat trick and had an assist, and Oliveira added a score. Anthony Aguilar had two assists.

 

Peninsula out-shot Evergreen, 12-7.

 

“Our players played well, especially after having played the day before,” Chapman said.

 

The Pirate men are back in action today (Sept. 7) against Pierce at home, their first non-scrimmage contest on the artificial turf at Wally Sigmar Field. The Pirates host a match against P.C. alumni on Sept. 10, followed by two road matches: Sept. 13 at South Puget Sound and Sept. 17 at Edmonds.

Women net first win

No home game for three weeks? No problem.

 

Peninsula’s women Pirates got their first win of the season, a 2-1 victory, at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., on Saturday.

 

After a scoreless first half, Carolina Flores-Maldonado took a pass from Kelsie Ng and netted her second score of the season to put P.C. up 1-0.

 

Clark’s Kelsey Frazier got the Penguins even at the 67-minute mark, but Shelby Solomon put Peninsula ahead for good three minutes later off a feed from Sydney Bullington.

 

“It was good to get our first win of the season … but we know we could be 3-0,” P.C. coach Kanyon Anderson said.

 

After giving up a pair of what coaches call “sloppy” goals to their opponents, Peninsula’s women came away with a narrow loss and a draw in two non-conference games at Starfire last week.

 

On Aug. 31, Peninsula rebounded from an early goal by Columbia River’s Hannah Melberg to control the tempo, but was unable to find the net and fell to the Hawks, 1-0.

 

A day later, Peninsula snagged their first goal of the season as Flores-Maldonado netted a score off a Solomon assist. However, Yakima’s Briana Mares converted a penalty kick at the 44-minute mark and the Yaks held tough for a 1-1 draw.

 

“We did a good job of moving the ball and putting pressure on Yakima but had a hard time of scoring,” Anderson said. Peninsula out-shot the Yaks, 12-3.

 

The Pirates women are now 1-1-1 overall and are back in action Sept. 10 at Warner Pacific in Lacey. The Pirates host their first home game on Sept. 21 against Everett.

 

Reach Michael Dashiell at miked@sequimgazette.com.

 

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