Peninsula College, the nation’s 12th-ranked junior college women’s soccer team, opened conference play with a 3-1 win over the Titans at Lane Community College on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Pirate sophomore Bri Afoa, the 2012 NWAACC Baden Player of the Year, scored the first goal of the season for the Pirates just 15 minutes into the match, beating two Titan defenders off the dribble and then booting it past the keeper Samantha Schoene.
The Pirates made it 2-0 on a score by freshman Katelyn Raatz of Sparks, Nev., from about 30 yards out. lyssa Bertuleit, also of Sparks, assisted on the goal.
The hosts got on the scoreboard on a long-range bomb by Maddi Barton, but the Pirates would not let them back in the match, tallying an insurance goal in the 70th minute. Sophomore team captain Annie Armstrong of Olympia provided the match's final tally of an Afoa assist.
“We were creative in the attack and we played tough defensively,” Peninsula coach Kanyon Anderson said. “We played well enough to win and to feel good about it, but we know we need to improve.”
Emily Flinn of Forest Grove, Ore., and Kasie Lough of Roy, Wa., split time in the keeper position for the Pirates.
Lane’s keeper Shoene was peppered by the Pirate front line and midfield, finishing the day with 15 saves.