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Peninsula's Tim Dreser pushes back against Bellevue's Thomas Nguyen on Wednesday in Port Angeles.

COLLEGE SOCCER: Peninsula men hope to clinch North title Saturday

Women tune up for postseason with shut out

PORT ANGELES — The Peninsula College men’s soccer team salvaged a tie with upstart Bellevue at home Wednesday but left the biggest prize up for grabs in the 1-1 stalemate, a shot at sealing the NWAC North Region title.

The Pirates (11-2-3, 14-2-3 and 36 points) sit two points ahead of second-place Whatcom (10-2-4, 11-3-4 (34 points).

A Peninsula win Saturday against third-place Skagit Valley (9-3-4, 10-4-4) would clinch the North title for the men. Any combination of a Whatcom loss or tie in Saturday’s contests also would earn the division crown and a first-round playoff bye.

The Pirates also could finish second if they were to lose and Whatcom were to earn three points with a win.

Bellevue went ahead in the 23rd minute of Wednesday’s match, scoring on one of just three shots allowed by the Pirates all game.

Peninsula knotted the score at 1-1 just before halftime when sophomore Kai Biegler scored, assisted by Inchun Hun in the 43rd minute.

The Pirates had four corner kick opportunities in the second half and three shots on goal, but couldn’t find the winner.

Peninsula will salute its sophomores Saturday against Skagit Valley with kickoff set for 2 p.m.

Peninsula 6, Bellevue 0

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles’ Millie Long bagged two goals in rapid-fire succession to stake Peninsula to an early 2-0 lead on the way to a North Region win over the Bulldogs.

Long scored in the 11th and 12th minutes, the first score unassisted, the second coming on an assist from Sydney Soskis.

Long is second in the NWAC in goals scored with 18 in 10 games. She’s three back of Tacoma’s Kya Scott. Scott, however, has played in eight more contests.

Historic pace

“In 2017, Sydney Warren scored 31 goals for us in 22 games, so if we were to extrapolate, Millie is on pace to score 36 goals in 20 games. We have fewer games because Edmonds dropped out, Whatcom forfeited a game with us. So this could be the best statistical season in terms of goals per minute in league history,” coach Kanyon Anderson said.

Chiaki Takase added a goal assisted by Briana-Jean Tanaka in the 25th for the Pirates.

“Chiaki Takase, our central midfielder, is absolutely brilliant every game and maybe the most technically gifted midfielder I’ve ever coached,” Anderson said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better midfielder in the league.”

Peninsula went up 5-0 at halftime thanks to scores by Kenzie Banner (31st) and Katie McDermott (assisted by Allysun Gerke) in the 40th minute.

Sydney Soskis added the final goal in the 66th minute off Tanaka’s second assist.

Peninsula goalkeepers Talia Marini, Hedvig Persson and Frida Markstrom combined to earn the shutout in net.

The Pirates (10-0-0, 12-0-1) host Skagit Valley at noon Saturday.

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Sports reporter Michael Carman can be contacted at mcarman@ peninsuladailynews.com.

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Peninsula's Gabriel Kiekenbeck, right, gets up with the ball after getting tangled with Bellevue's Sebastian Bednick during Wednesday's match in Port Angeles.
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Peninsula's Pau Vivas, front, fends off Bellevue's Bryan De La Rosa during Wednesday's match at Wally Sigmar Field in Port Angeles.
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Peninsula's Tim Dreser pushes back against Bellevue's Thomas Nguyen on Wednesday in Port Angeles.
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Peninsula's Gabriel Kiekenbeck, right, gets up with the ball after getting tangled with Bellevue's Sebastian Bednick during Wednesday's match in Port Angeles.
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Peninsula's Fernando Tavares, left, charges into Bellevue goalkeeper Nicola Luongo, barely missing a first-quarter goal on Wednesday on Wally Sigmar Field.
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Peninsula's Pau Vivas, front, fends off Bellevue's Bryan De La Rosa during Wednesday's match at Wally Sigmar Field in Port Angeles.
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Peninsula's Shu Kato fights for control with Bellevue's Eluar Gutierrez during Wednesday's match in Port Angeles.
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Peninsula's Keilee Silva steps high for the ball as Bellevue's Daisy Morris look on during Wednesday's match in Port Angeles.
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Peninsula's Millie Long, left, watches as Bellevue's Peyton Pine gets tripped up during the first half of Wednesday's match in Port Angeles.
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Peninsula's Kenzie Banner, right, slides in front of Bellevue's Ammaya Robinett for ball control on Wednesday at Peninsula's Wally Sigmar Field.
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Peninsula's Keilee Silva steps high for the ball as Bellevue's Daisy Morris look on during Wednesday's match in Port Angeles.
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Peninsula's Kenzie Banner steps ahead of Bellevue's Daisy Morris on Wednesday in Port Angeles.
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Peninsula's Sydney Soskis, right, gets into a rundown with Bellevue's Haleigh Macugay on Wednesday in Port Angeles.
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Peninsula's Millie Long, left, watches as Bellevue's Peyton Pine gets tripped up during the first half of Wednesday's match in Port Angeles.
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Peninsula's Chiaki Takase, right, celebrates making a goal with teammate Millie Long, who had scored two goals earlier against Bellevue on Wednesday at Peninsula College.

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