The defending 2011 NWAACC soccer champions in both the Men’s and Women’s brackets have been knocked out after a wild Saturday of soccer action in Washington and Oregon.
In Port Angeles the Peninsula Pirate Men edged defending title-holders Chemeketa Storm 1:0. In Walla Walla the Everett Trojans nipped the Warriors 1:0 to end the school’s three-year dominance of the Women’s bracket.
PHOTO GALLERY: Jeff Halstead shots from PCC v. Chemeketa
PHOTO GALLERY: Peninsula Women v. Lane
The Pirates dominated the Storm, outshooting the Oregon visitors 26 to 8. “There is a reason why I have some much grey hair,” joked PCC head coach Andrew Chapman afterwards. “It is because of games like this. Even though we controlled the ball for the majority of the game and out shot them, we really had a hard time getting the ball into their net. When it is a 0-0 game for so long really in the end it comes down to a great play by somebody.”
It took until the 88th minute for that “great play.” Daniel Gonzalez scored the winner on an assist from Richard Gallarde to advance the Pirates, who come into the NWAACC playoffs ranked number one.
“With this win we are heading back to the final four for the fifth time in six years,” says Chapman. “Hopefully we will be able to stay healthy and finish what we started.” The Pirates won the title back in 2010.
Jeff Halstead captured the winning PCC goal in the sequence below:
Kassandra Blakely scored in the 16th minute in Everett on an assist from Lisa Echert to lead the Trojans over the Warriors. It was only the second loss of the season for Walla Walla and it sees the school’s streak of championships (2009, 2010, 2011) end at three. Wilson Tsoi was at the match and shares a huge gallery at Facebook.com/goalWA.
NWAACC Men Playoff Scores:
NWAACC Women Playoff Scores: