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Peninsula Pirates remain perfect
Preseason, regular season, postseason, it doesn’t matter: These guys are hard to stop.
Peninsula’s men’s soccer squad pushed their winning streak to 11 games dating back to last season, following a 3-0 win at Edmonds on Sept. 17.
Miguel Gonzalez, the Pirates’ all-time leading scorer, netted two goals and Sean Prizeman added another as Peninsula (1-0-0, 7-0-0) erupted for three second-half goals.
“We had a pretty good first half; the Edmonds goalkeeper had some great saves to keep the score 0-0 at half,” Peninsula coach Andrew Chapman said. “(In the) second half we turn it up and knocked the ball around and continued to get shots.”
Jared Wilson recorded the shutout for Peninsula.
Gonzalez head a breakaway about 10 minutes into the second half but was taken down in the penalty box. Moments later, he converted the penalty kick.
Nursing a 1-0 lead, the No. 1-ranked Pirates got some insurance when Tyler Hindmarch found Gonzalez for his second score at the 85-minute mark and Prizeman added an unassisted score two minutes later.
Peninsula hasn’t lost since Oct. 27, 2010 — a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Highline.
The Pirates host Everett at 4 p.m. today, Sept. 21, and also host Shoreline on Saturday, Sept. 24.
Pirates trip Clippers
Peninsula jumped out to a 2-1 lead by halftime and opened up the offense in the second frame in a 4-1 victory against the South Puget Sound Clippers in Lacey on Sept. 13.
The top-ranked P.C. squad finished the preseason with a perfect 6-0-0 mark.
Four different Pirates scored and Daniel Gonzalez had two assists in the victory.
Dean Gaynor opened the scoring in the third minute off a feed from Prince Ash.
The Clippers’ Justyn Taylor tied it at 20 minutes, but Miguel Gonzalez put P.C. ahead for good just before halftime, with Jake Hughes getting the assist.
Daniel Gonzalez set up Sergio Oliveira and Sean Prizeman with goals at the 53rd and 72nd minute.
Peninsula outshot the Clippers 16-4.
“It is always great to win but today we did not play well,” Chapman said. “We gave up a sloppy goal. We need to do a better job of playing 90 minutes hard.”