Women’s soccer: Pirates lock up top NWAC playoff seed

Division champs or co-champs, the Peninsula Pirates are on top of the West once again.

Women's soccer: Pirates lock up top NWAC playoff seed

Division champs or co-champs, the Peninsula Pirates are on top of the West once again.

With a 6-0 win against Olympic on Oct. 31, Peninsula claimed a share of the NWAC West Division, sharing the top spot with rival Highline.It’s the fourth consecutive division title for P.C. in the program’s five years of existence.

The Pirates, ranked No. 1 in the conference, have claimed one of four No. 1 seeds into the 2014 NWAC soccer playoffs. (Despite a tie for the division’s top spot, P.C. holds a tiebreaker against the Thunderbirds.)

Peninsula will host the winner of a first-round playoff between Treasure Valley College (15-3-3) and Edmonds (12-5-2) at Sigmar Field on Nov. 8.

The winner of that quarterfinal playoff will go to the NWAC Final Four, set for Nov. 15-16 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila where the Pirates have won two consecutive NWAC championships.

Against Olympic, Peninsula recorded its 18th shutout in 20 matches to cap the regular season with a 17-1-2 overall record and 15-1-2 in the West Division.

Alyssa Bertuleit helped open the scoring on Halloween by driving deep into Ranger territory and crossing the ball back to Mary Pierce for a score 14 minutes into the match. Kai Mahuka added a goal in the 19th minute, assisted by Brittney Yoshimura, to make it 2-0 at halftime.

The Pirates wore down the Rangers in the second half, with C.J. Stetser and Lexi Krieger both scoring twice. Assists came from Stetser and Rebecca Tafte.

Emily Flinn and Kasie Lough combined on the shutout.

In 20 matches this season, Peninsula — now ranked No. 6 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Junior College Division I Women’s Soccer Poll — outscored opponents 77-2.

NWAC West Division standings (final)

Team Conf. Overall

Peninsula 15-1-2 17-1-2

Highline 15-1-2 17-1-2

Bellevue 7-5-6 8-5-7

Tacoma 7-9-2 8-12-2

Olympic 7-10-1 11-10-1

Lower Columbia 2-16-0 3-16-1

Grays Harbor 0-18-0 1-18-1

 

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