Men's soccer: Pirates claim West Division crown

Peaking at the right time? Looks like it.

With a win against Highline earlier in the week (see below), Peninsula locked up its West Division title for the fifth consecutive season and sixth in seven years (2007, 2009-2013).

The win also guaranteed the Pirates a home quarterfinal playoff game on Nov. 9.

The Pirates (11-0-1 in conference play, 17-0-2) tacked on a 4-1 win at Olympic on Oct. 26, overcoming a Ranger strategy that concentrated on keeping the Pirates out of the net.

That strategy worked earlier in the season, when Olympic and Peninsula played to a scoreless tie in Port Angeles on Oct. 9. This time, however, P.C. broke through, as Christian Martinez took a Lachlan Bond pass in for a score at the 37-minute mark.

"Olympic tried to sit in and defend the entire game again but we were able to get a goal up on them and that opened up the game," Peninsula coach Andrew Chapman said.

The Pirates added a trio of scores in the second half, one apiece from Alex Martinez, Caio Maciel and Dawda Dibba.

Hugo Marques, Victor Sanchez and Erick Urzua had second-half assists.

Aaron Zavolokin had three saves in the net for P.C. giving up a score with about two minutes left in the match.

Peeking in on the playoffs

The NWAACC playoffs begin Nov. 6 with first round games, with P.C. receiving a bye. The Pirates host the winner of the North No. 2 seed (likely Skagit Valley) versus South No. 3 seed (Chemeketa or Pierce).

The Pirates close out the regular season with a home match against Bellevue today, Oct. 30.

Topping the Thunderbirds

Peninsula got a big win against one of their top rivals on Oct. 23, knocking off Highline 3-0 in Tukwila.

Ash Apollon a goal in each half while Alex Martinez had a score and two assists in the victory.

Angel Guerra had five saves for the shutout.

"This could have been possibly the best game P.C. men's soccer has ever played,"  Chapman said. "We scored early and kept the pressure on the entire time. Our guys moved the ball really well and were able to get to all the loose balls."

Playing at the Starfire Sports Complex — the same facility at which they won an NWAACC title last year — the Pirates peppered the Highline goal with shots. Thunderbird keeper Nick Rosato had 10 saves, but it wasn't enough to stop the conference's top-ranked team and most prolific offense.

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