Sequim Gazette staff
Peninsula College sophomore forward Alex Martinez was named the Baden Soccer Player of the Year for 2013 recently by the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.
Martinez, a native of Reno, Nev., put together an MVP season this year after leading the NWAACC in goals with 28. That total includes the game-winner in the 87th minute of the Pirates’ 1-0 win over Clark in the NWAACC championship match.
It was a bit of deja vu, as Martinez scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Walla Walla in the final minutes of the 2012 NWAACC Championship.
Those 28 goals, along with 21 he scored in Peninsula’s 2012 NWAACC championship season, give Martinez 49 for his career — that ties the all-time Peninsula College career scoring mark set by Miguel Gonzalez in 2011.
Martinez added 10 assists this season and finished with 23 for his career.
He was named the West Division MVP as well as the NWAACC Championship MVP. He also is a two-time West Region All-Star.
“Alex is a competitor who wants to win,” Peninsula head coach Andrew Chapman said, “which was evident in the championship game this year, and last year. Alex doesn’t stop working all game long.”
“He had a great two years for us,” Chapman added. “To have a consistent goal scorer like Alex is huge.”
The Pirate sophomore is being courted by a number of colleges and universities across the nation and is expected to make his decision on where he will play his final two years in the coming months.