(written for goalWA by Highline team personnel)
Highline versus Peninsula, one match to decide to Western Conference NWAC Champion, sounds about right.
Quite simply put, if you were to pick only one NWAC Men’s Soccer Match you could see all season it would be Thunderbirds v Pirates. Whether they are playing in Des Moines, Port Angeles, or Starfire this is always the must see match of the season. A fierce, deep-lying rivalry has existed between these two storied programs because of their insatiable desire to constantly be the best. Both programs have been in every Final Four over the past four years. Other teams know that if they want to win an NWAC Title, chances are you will have to go through either the Thunderbirds or Pirates, or in some cases, both.
Highline and Peninsula can both boast an impressive alumni list that includes players that are currently playing at the professional level, top-‐end collegiate level, as well as ex-‐ pros. They consistently reload with top-tier talent year after year and are incredibly difficult to beat. This match, without question will be a hugely entertaining affair to anyone in attendance.
Highline has been a prolific in front of goal over the past six games outscoring their opponents 24 to 6. With multiple T-‐Birds offering up impressive stats, it would be difficult to single out just one main threat. However Peninsula, to put it bluntly, do not let other teams score and have been absolutely watertight in the back. The Pirates have only allowed 9 goals across the entire season and boast a division best 5 shutouts. This should be a battle of opposites and it will be very interesting what will cave when push comes to shove. Both teams are overloaded on talent and there are sure to be subplots all over the field, but it still remains to be seen who will be writing the script.
The equation is very simple as to what either side needs to do to secure a Conference Championship. Both teams are even on 26 points with the Pirates holding a game in hand. If Peninsula either win or tie versus Highline, then go on to win their remaining two games, they will secure sole possession of another Western Conference Championship. However, if Highline beat the Pirates and go on to win their remaining game, at worst, they will split the Conference Championship.
Now it must be said that the equation changes significantly if either team drops points in their remaining games, but this head to head match will add clarity to the equation. One can bet that the Pirates will not be too eager to split a title, which they have held for the past four years, with the fiercest rival. Highline, on the other hand, would like nothing more than to take sole possession of the title away from the Pirates on their home field in front of their supporters.
The game will take place at Peninsula’s Sigmar Field at 3pm this Wed (10/22). This will be an amazing match to witness whether you are a Thunderbird, Pirate, or Neutral and will easily be worth the drive to Port Angeles. The stage is set, will Peninsula be able hold serve and find a shutout against the ‘Birds, or will Highline continue their offensive onslaught and put the Pirates to the Sword? Come see for yourself on Wednesday!
Here are the links to each respective team’s Facebook Page in order to see more photos / write-‐ups from each of the teams!
Highline College Facebook ~
Peninsula College Men’s Soccer Facebook ~
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