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Peninsula captures fourth NWAC title in a thriller 4-3

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Tournament MVP Keo Ponce (14) takes a shot at the Spokane goal. Ponce tallied two goals and an assist in Peninsula's 4-3 victory.

Photos by Rick Harrison

Peninsula 4, Spokane 3 stats | Bracket | Photos

TUKWILA, WA -- On a cold, clear night at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila the Peninsula Pirates Men's Soccer team won their 4th NWAC championship in six years.

Keo Ponce

The 2015 championship game started off with a bang, as the NWAC's leading goal scorer Jonathan Cortez put Spokane up 1-0 in the 1st minute of the match.  

Just 2 minutes later, Peninsula answered with a brilliant header from Keo Ponce.  

Peninsula scored the next two goals (31st & 53rd minute) to go up 3-1, but the Sasquatch would not go away.  Kazuki Tateishi scored from just beyond the 18 with a brilliant strike in the 55th minute in what could be considered the best goal of the tournament.  

In the 76th minute things became even more interesting when Eric Sanchez-Flores from Spokane chipped in a shot over the goal keepers head.  In a diving attempt to stop the goal, a Peninsula defender tried to head the ball clear but instead found the upper left corner of the back of the net to help Spokane get back into the match with 3 goals apiece.  

The punctuation mark came with 4 minutes to go in regulation when Jose Soto sealed the game to put the Pirates up for good at 4-3.  

Peninsula's Keo Ponce was named MVP while teammate Jonathan Martinez was named Most Inspirational.

Spokane finished the season as the Eastern Region Champions, an overall record of 13-5-4, and a 2nd place NWAC finish.  This was Spokane's first final four appearance since 2009.

The Pirates continued their dynasty this season, winning the Northern Region by 7 points, finishing with an overall record of 16-3-3, and crowning themselves as the 2015 NWAC champions.    

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