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WENATCHEE — The Peninsula College men’s and women’s soccer teams pounded the hapless Wenatchee Valley Knights pretty much into the ground.
The Pirate men’s team, a little short-handed because of injuries, whipped the Knights 5-1 while the women had a stellar game with 15 goals in a 15-0 shutout of the winless Wenatchee women.
Both teams secured playoff spots with the victories.
This will be the men’s eight straight trip to the postseason.
“We gave up a sloppy goal but besides that we played well,” Peninsula men’s coach Andrew Chapman said.
“We left some players at home because of injuries, so we went pretty deep into our bench today.”
The Pirates outshot the Knights 27-6 and had four goals from four different players.
Wenatchee Valley scored an own goal in the first half.
Goals came from Henrique Noujeimi, Irvin Somera, Matias Oliveira and Braiden Gundlach.
Assists came from Alex Martinez, Somera, Erick Urzua and goalkeeper Angel Guerra, whose hometown is Wenatchee.
For the second week in a row, the Peninsula College men’s team has had the player of the week.
For Week 6, freshman forward Alex Martinez was named player of the week for scoring three goals against eighth-ranked Tacoma and scoring one goal (the game-winning goal) and one assist against third-ranked Walla Walla.
Pirate Daniel Gonzalez was named player of the week for Week 5. There have been only two players of the week nominations this season and the Pirates have nabbed both of them.
In the women’s game, meanwhile, the Pirates produced an offensive and defensive gem against the Knights.
Briana Afoa, who already has shattered the season record for goals, added four more against the Knights, to share game-high scoring honors with Irene Jones, who also had four.
Scoring two each were Kendra Miner, Morgan Atchley and Briana Estrellado.
Sydney Bullington earned a single goal.
Most of the team also shared the assists with Miner, Jordan Dinneen, Melissa Delgado, Bullington and Estrellado having two each, and Afoa, Emilia Stefanko and Atchley dishing out one each.
Goalkeeper Laura Morgan recorded the shutout for the Pirates.
Peninsula will be on the road again Wednesday when it will take on the Bellevue teams.
The Pirate men (8-0-0 in NWAACC West, 15-1-0 overall) will play the Bulldogs (0-5-2, 1-7-2) at Starfire No. 1 in Tukwila at 3 p.m. and the first-place Peninsula women (9-1, 14-1) will play at second-place Bellevue (6-2-1, 8-3-1) at 1 p.m.
The Pirate women are eight points ahead of the Bulldogs, 27-19.