TUKWILA — 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 at 3 p.m. today. 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.