COLLEGE SOCCER: Peninsula Pirates sweep Olympic, finish regular season at home this week
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Peninsula College forward Alex Martinez is one of eight sophomores who will be honored at the men's team's final regular season home match Wednesday at Wally Sigmar Field.
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Pirates chasing historyBy Lee Horton
Peninsula Daily News
With 24 goals this season and 21 in 2012, Peninsula College forward Alex Martinez is four from tying Miguel Gonzalez's school career record of 49 goals.
Martinez is the NWAACC's leading goal-scorer by five goals over Clark's Bernardino Ayala-Jimenez.
A few other Pirates are making their mark on the school's record books:
■ Freshman Ash Apollon is fifth in the conference in goals with 14. That total places him seventh on Peninsula all-time and single-season scoring lists, tied with Dean Gaynor on both lists.
Apollon, a freshman, is the NWAACC's assist leader this season with 15. That ties Daniel Gonzalez' single-season school record, and places him in a tie for second on the career assist list. Enis Isufi recorded 15 assists in 2004-05. Daniel Gonzalez is tops the career assist list with 23 in 2011-12.
■ Goalkeeper Angel Guerra's nine shutouts this season leads the NWAACC and is the third highest single-season mark in Peninsula College history.
Guilherme Avelar and Jared Wilson each had 11 in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Wilson is the school's all-time leader with 18.
■ For the Peninsula women, every goal sophomore Bri Afoa has scored this season becomes the school's new all-time record after she set the record with 23 goals last year.
With 16 goals this season, Afoa has the top two single-season scoring marks in the women's program's four-year history.
She is currently fourth in the NWAACC in scoring. Walla Walla's Delany Romero is the leader with 20, followed by Shoreline's Hayley Warren (19) and Spokane's Tasha Luu (18).
■ In her first season with the Pirates, sophomore Bronte Fitzsimmons has already broken the school's career assist record with 18.
■ Peninsula's goalkeeping trio of Kasie Lough, Emily Flinn and Laura Morgan have combined for 11 shutouts, two behind the team record of 13, set last year.
Lough has five this season, Flinn has four and Morgan has recorded two.
Already NWAACC West Division champions, the two bands of Pirates head into this week's home matches with three things on their mind: Honoring sophomores, defending home win streaks and preparing to defend their conference championships.
Peninsula hosts Bellevue on Wednesday at Wally Sigmar Field. The women kick off at 2 p.m., while the men play at 4 p.m.
The men's match marks the final regular season home appearance for eight sophomores.
The women's team will recognize 13 sophomores when it closes out its regular season campaign Saturday at noon against Lower Columbia College.
Should the Pirates prevail on both of those dates, they would complete their third straight season without a home loss since the college opened the renovated Wally Sigmar Field.
This week also is the final tuneup for Peninsula's NWAACC second-round playoff date, set for 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, against the winners of first round matches, which will be played Wednesday, Nov. 6.
The second-round winners go straight to the NWAACC Final Four on Nov. 16-17 at the Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila.
Peninsula 4, Olympic 1
BREMERTON — The men's match featured a bit of a grudge match for the top-ranked Pirates, whose only blemish on their conference record came earlier this month when last-place Olympic packed 10 players into the box for most of 90 minutes to secure a scoreless tie.
Saturday's rematch at Olympic was scoreless for 39 minutes, but the Pirates then rallied for four straight goals to avenge the tie.
Christian Martinez, Alex Martinez, Caio Maciel and Dawda Dibba each scored for the Pirates, with assists by Lachlan Bond, Victor Sanchez, Erick Urzua and Hugo Marques.
“Olympic tried to sit in and defend the entire game again, but we were able to get a goal up on them and that opened up the game,” Peninsula coach Andrew Chapman said.
The Rangers broke up the shutout with a goal in the 88th minute by Douglas Dode.
With the win, Peninsula is now 11-0-1 in conference play and 17-0-2 overall.
Peninsula 2, Olympic 0
BREMERTON — In Saturday's final regular season road trip, the Pirates improved to 14-0-0 in conference play and 15-2-0 overall
The match pitted the NWAACC's top-ranked Pirates against the West Division's fourth-place team, but as they did on Oct. 9, the defensive-minded Rangers played Peninsula tough.
Following a scoreless first half, the Pirates broke through with a goal-scoring combination that featured two reserves.
Alexandra Rojas-Ayala scored off an assist by Mary Pierce in the 56th minute, and the two combined for another goal five minutes later when Rojas-Ayala got the ball to Pierce, who provide the insurance tally.
Kasie Lough recorded the shutout, her fifth of the season.
“We were a little flat in the first half but we found a way to break through in the second half,” Peninsula coach Kanyon Anderson said.
“We are looking ahead to playoffs and might have to face similar defensive game plans, so this was a good warm up for us.”
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