College soccer: Pirate men, women rack up victories

Peninsula College’s Millie Long continued her torrid scoring pace to begin the 2022 women’s soccer campaign in a 4-0 win over North Idaho on Sept. 6.

Long scored a hat trick in the win, her second multi-goal game in a row. In four games this season, she has tallied seven goals, tied for the most in the NWAC.

“She’s unbelievable. She can do that,” PC coach Kanyon Anderson said. “We’ve really tried to give her the freedom to make plays. It’s cool to watch her not have to do too much.”

All of Long’s goals were unassisted. Alexia Rodriguez-Burdeaux added an unassisted goal in the 83rd minute.

Frida Markstrom earned the shutout in goal. North Idaho got off 11 shots and Markstrom made six saves.

After allowing three goals in the season opener, the Pirates have gone three straight games without allowing a goal.

Anderson pointed out that it’s seven straight halves the Pirates have gone without allowing a goal. Peninsula gave up three goals in the first half of its season opener against Spokane.

Anderson said in addition to Markstrom, the Pirates’ Rylee Sims and Lauren LaFountain “played well at the back,” while Kenzie Banner also had a good game at central midfielder.

“Really, it was a team effort,” he said.

Anderson said he had the team take the long road trip to Coeur d’Alene to give them some challenges. In addition to the 450-mile drive, North Idaho came in to Tuesday’s match undefeated.

“They have a grass field, and they’re good,” Anderson said. “It was a challenge and the women passed all the tests.”

The women return to action at noon Sept. 17 at Wally Sigmar Field in Port Angeles against Whatcom. Anderson said the team will take a couple of days off “to get as healthy as we can.”

PC men rout SPS

Peninsula’s men got two scores from midfielder Don Vaios Dovas and one each from forward Pau Vivas Ayala and defender Kai Biegler in a 4-0 shutout at South Puget Sound on Sept. 7.

Ayala opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a tally of an assist from Shu Kato.

The score remained 1-0 Pirates until Biegler’s unassisted score at 68 minutes. Dovas added scores at 78 and 82 minutes, respectively, one off a feed from Tsubasa Abe.

PC keeper Taiki Setoguchi recorded three saves in goal for the shutout.

The Pirates (4-1-0 in conference play, 7-1-0 overall) added a 1-0 shutout of winless Pierce on Sept. 10.

Abe converted one of Peninsula’s 11 shots on goal, an unassisted score at 26 minutes that proved to be the game’s lone score.

Setoguchi had two saves in the shutout.