The “beautiful game” is now a bit bigger in scope.
The third annual Sequim-versus-Port Angeles community soccer rivalry is getting a slight revamp this year, with a change in format and location that looks to elevate the popular exhibition further in 2017.
The Super Cup is what is known in England as a “derby,” pitting crosstown rivals against each other. This home grown Northwest event brings several high school alum home to participate, as well as local soccer legends.
After Sequim won the inaugural cup last year and Port Angeles pulled off a come-from-behind win in 2016, this years’ tiebreaker figures to be a special one, now hosted under the lights at Port Angeles’ Civic Field (rather than at the previous venue, Peninsula College).
Organizers of the Super Cup have added a women’s match at 5:30 p.m., to be followed by the men’s match at 7 p.m.
“There a lot of very talented, very passionate women soccer players on the Peninsula and we are really stoked to help showcase that,” event co-organizer Marti Martinez said.
Matt Acker, owner of the Port Angels-based Lefties baseball squad, has offered to pitch in and open up a beer garden along with food courtesy of Next Door Gastro Pub.
As in previous years, there is a bit of a side bet with the 2017 Super Cup: Marc Abshire, Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director, has agreed to terms with Brandino Gibson, Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce representative and school board candidate, that the one representing the losing side in the Super Cup will have to attend the winner’s chamber luncheon dressed in the winner’s colors, and declare that the winner’s high school teams are better than theirs.
Cost is a suggested $5 donation at the gate. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Event sponsors include City of Port Angeles, Peninsula College, Windermere Real Estate, Lefties Baseball, OSP Sling, Jose’s Salsa, Fanaticus Sports Grill, Holistic Horticulture, Station 51, Norpoint Medical, Morningstar Photography, Next Door Gastro Pub, Olympic Distributing Company and High Energy Metals.