11/16/13

@ Tukwila, WA

Walla Walla Community College’s men’s soccer season came to a disappointing end here Saturday night with a 2-0 loss to defending champion Peninsula in an NWAACC semifinal match at the StarFire Sports Complex.

The Pirates, now 20-0-2 on the season, will play Clark for the NWAACC championship. The Penguins nipped Highline, 2-1, in Saturday’s first semifinal.

Ashkanov Apollon got the Pirates on the board in the 22nd minute off an assist by Alex Martinez.

Victor Sanchez added a goal at the 90-minute mark, assisted by Erick Urzua.

WWCC, which had a 10-match unbeaten streak snapped, saw its year end with a record of 14-2-3.

Saturday’s match was the last for WWCC sophomores Max Smith, Geo Vasquez, Ariel Gonzalez, Mario Guizar, Jhony Mendoza, Jose Herrera, and Ulisses Faurrieta.

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A pair of first-half goals were more than enough for defending NWAACC women’s soccer champion Peninsula here Saturday afternoon as the Pirates moved a step closer to claiming its second straight NWAACC title with a 2-0 semifinal victory over Walla Walla Community College at the StarFire Sports Complex.

Peninsula, which improved to 19-2-0 on the season, will play Edmonds for the NWAACC crown. The Tritons edged Clackamas, 2-1, in Saturday’s first semifinal matchup.

Walla Walla, which saw its season end with a 19-2-1 mark, lost both of its matches this season by shutout. The Warriors were blanked at Spokane by a similar 2-0 score on Oct. 9.

Dominique Niedziela tallied the only goal Peninsula would need in the 15th minute of the contest off an assist by Bronte Fitzsimmons.

Pirates’ goalkeeper Emily Flinn registered the shutout, Peninsula’s 13th of 2013. She was credited with three saves in the match.

Her counterpart, WWCC’s Aiko Johnson, stopped six Peninsula shots.

The Pirates prevailed despite playing the final 30 minutes one player down. It was brought about when Fitzsimmons was assessed a red card.