Women's Soccer: Pirates stay perfect, rout Raiders

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Sequim Gazette staff

That’s more like it.


Three days after earning a hard-fought cliffhanger against No. 6 Clackamas, the NWAACC’s top-ranked Peninsula women blanked Pierce College on Sept. 21.


The Pirates (4-0 in conference, 5-2 overall) opened the scoring in the second minute as Port Angeles High grad Paxton Rodocker scored the first goal of her collegiate career off an assist from Victoria’s Bronte Fitzsimmons. The assist was Fitzsimmons’ sixth, second among all NWAACC players.


Brenda Torres tallied the second goal of the match — also the first of her collegiate soccer career — to put P.C. up 2-0 by halftime.


Fitzsimmons then put the match away with back-to-back goals in the second half.


The outcome was not nearly as easy on Sept. 18, when Peninsula needed (and got) a score late in the second half to edge Clackamas, 2-1.


Pirate sophomore defender Shelbi Vienna-Hallam, the NWAACC’s second leading scorer with five scores, came up with her biggest goal of the young season in the 72nd minute off a corner kick from Fitzsimmons.


Fitzsimmons got Peninsula on the board after she was fouled in the penalty box in the 15th minute and converted the penalty kick.


However, Clackamas struck back 20 minutes into the second half on a goal by Hope Butler to spoil Emily Flinn’s shutout.


The Pirates had the final answer, however, when Vienna-Hallam netted the game-winner with 18 minutes remaining and P.C. held on for the win.


Peninsula outshot Clackamas 15-4, but Clackamas goalkeeper Melanie Trumbull kept it close with seven saves, including a pair of saves on penalty kicks.


The day before, Peninsula got three scores from its defensive line in a 4-0 non-conference win against North Idaho.


Vienna-Hallam scored the first two goals of the match — both off of Fitzsimmons assists — and fellow sophomore defender Miranda Sochacki added the third.


Mary Pierce made it 4-0 in the 86th minute off a pass from Brittney Yoshimura.


P.C. keeper Kasie Lough tallied the shutout.


Looking ahead
The Pirates are at Tacoma today, Sept. 25, and travel to Salem, Ore., to take on Chemeketa on Sept. 28. P.C. then hosts three consecutive home matches: Highline on Oct. 2, Clark on Oct. 5 and Olympic on Oct. 9.
The Pirates are ranked No. 18 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s latest poll, released Sept. 15.
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