That 0-2 start against bigger schools? Forgotten.
Peninsula College's women, the nation’s 12th-ranked junior college women’s soccer squad, opened conference play with a 3-1 win over the Titans at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore., on Sept. 10.
Bri Afoa, the 2012 NWAACC Baden Player of the Year, scored the first goal of the season for the Pirates (2-2) just 15 minutes into the match, beating two Titan defenders off the dribble and then blasting the ball past keeper Samantha Schoene.
The Pirates then made it 2-0 on a laser by Katelyn Raatz, a freshman from Sparks, Nev., from about 30 yards out. Alyssa Bertuleit, also of Sparks, assisted on the score.
The host Titans got on the scoreboard thanks to a goal from Maddi Barton, but the Pirates put an insurance goal on the scoreboard at 70 minutes, from sophomore team captain Annie Armstrong off an Afoa assist.
“We were creative in the attack and we played tough defensively,” P.C. coach Kanyon Anderson said.
“We played well enough to win and to feel good about it, but we know we need to improve.”
On Saturday, Sept. 14, the Pirates routed Southwest Oregon 6-0 at home. Shelbi Vienna-Hallam opened the scoring at two minutes and added another just before halftime. Afoa had two goals and an assist. Hailey Berg and Bronte Fitzsimmons added scores.
Pirate keeper Emily Flinn recorded the shutout with four saves.
Peninsula was slated to host North Idaho College on Sept. 17 — results were not available at press time.
The Pirates host Clackamas today, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m., then travel to Tacoma to take on Pierce on Saturday, Sept. 21.
See a photo album of Peninsula's match against Southwest Oregon here.