Peninsula’s record-setting defense simply dominated in 2014, giving up just four goals in 23 games and more than 2,000 minutes of play.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, Everett got the one that decides a champion.
Freshman midfielder Alma Manao broke a scoreless tie in the 80th minute of Sunday’s NWAC championship match at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, sending Everett home with a crown and ending Peninsula’s dream of a third consecutive conference championship.
Everett freshman forward Lauren Allison, who was named tournament MVP, helped keep the pressure on P.C.’s defense throughout much of the second half, as P.C. goalkeeper Emily Flinn looked to keep the game scoreless.
Manao got the game-winner from about 18 yards, just outside the box, to stun the defending champs and give Everett (15-1-1 in conference play, 20-2-1) its first women’s soccer title.
P.C. earned a spot in the finals by edging Lane in the semis, getting an overtime goal from Tasha Inong.
For Peninsula (15-1-2 in conference play, 19-2-2 overall), it was their fourth consecutive final in the NWAC, a conference of 26 college soccer teams from Washington and Oregon.
In just their second year of existence, P.C. finished second in 2011 before titles in 2012 and last season.
The Pirates finished 2014 with their fourth straight West championship and a No. 4 ranking in latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America Junior College Division I National Poll — the highest national ranking any Peninsula College sports team has ever earned.
Peninsula outscored opponents 80-4 with 19 shutouts and had six players named to NWAC All-Star Team.
On the men’s side, Highline — a longtime Peninsula rival in the NWAC West Division — topped North Idaho 3-0 in the championship match.