Bragging rights and the trophy for this cross-peninsula rivalry is back in Sequim hands.
Penalty kicks decided the third-annual Super Cup on Oct. 27, with Sequim knocking off Port Angeles at Civic Field to take a 2-1 lead in the Olympic Peninsula Soccer Derby series.
Port Angeles opened the scoring at about 20 minutes in when Rick Smith crossed a pass to Zach Newton, who slipped a shot through the Sequim defense and keeper Bill Batson.
The game evened out after that, with Sequim breaking through eventually at 40 minutes on a Nick Camporini header, following a strong forward run by teammate Javier Gomez.
In the second half Sequim played for much of the 40 minutes a man down and kept it a 1- game to force penalty kicks.
That’s when Port Angeles blinked.
The host squad missed its first two kicks while Sequim’s Pablo Salazar and Ron Welches connected. Christian Benson’s score made it 3-1 and Nic Baird notched the clinching kick.
Thanks to the Sequim victory, a pre-game bet between Marc Abershire, Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce executive director, and Sequim chamber representative Brandino Gibson means Abershire will have to sport a Sequim jersey and declare Sequim’s high school’s athletics squad “the best” at an upcoming Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce meeting.
The Super Cup also featured, for the first time, a women’s game as a precursor to the men’s final. Teams were chosen by draft with the goal being as much parity as possible to make sure there was a good game, organizers said. The match stayed at 1-1 most of the 80 minutes when the blue team punched in a winning goal near the end of regulation for a 2-1 win.
At the event, Jeri Boe of Port Angeles was bestowed the Building Bridges Award for “making community better through the game of soccer.”
In addition, event organizers agreed to turn funds raised at the Super Cup into a scholarship for a high school player from the winning community.
More than 400 people attended this year’s Super Cup, organizers said.
“It was great to see that kind of turn out for the game and the camaraderie on the sideline was genuine,” Super Cup co-organizer Tim Tucker said.
“I think the Cup has brought a better appreciation between the two towns.”