Sunday, November 9, 2008

Pirates face Clark in must-win playoff Nov. 12

It was a wet sloppy day, but the Pirates prevail. In a game that was a throw away, both Whatcom and the PC Pirates wanted to make a statement. The Pirates scored first in the 15th min from a goal by local native Jay Kang (PA HS) from a ball given to him by Omar Anderson. That remained the score at halftime, PC 1 Whatcom 0. The score stayed 1-0 until the 84th minute when Whatcom was able to capitalize on a corner that PC was unable to clear. But, the Pirates not wanting to tie, dug down and John Troka hit a fantastic free kick from 35 yards out that bent past the Whatcom GK for the game winning goal in the 87min.

Shots: PC 6 Whatcom 6

Saves: Alec Risk had 3

The team played really well. We talked about how this game was really important and how we need to protect ourselves for Clark. We sat some starters and rested others and were able to play lots of players and the team still stepped it up to get the win. The defense played really well to stop Mirza Memic, who is the leading goal scorer in the NWAACC right now with 26 goals.

The Pirates remained undefeated at home this year, going 7-0-2 and have not lost a game in the last 13 games while scoring 31 goals and only giving up 6. The fact that we had such a great record at home is because of our fans. We have the best attendance than all the other schools we played this year, to have such bad weather and still have over 70 fans out at our game is honor to our players. Thank you to all the fans who come out and watch, you are big reason for our success this year.

The Pirates now travel to Clark on Wednesday Nov. 12th for a 2pm first round playoff game. It is a must win game for the winner advances into the quarter finals to play

Whatcom at Whatcom on Saturday Nov. 15th.

Andrew Chapman

Head Men's Soccer Coach

Peninsula College

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