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Men's Soccer Ties Peninsula College

Men's Soccer Ties Peninsula College imagePosted: 10/22/2009 11:15:00 AM

Story by Jeffrey Moore - TCC Challenge The men's soccer match Wednesday night between TCC and Peninsula College was spirited, if not "chipped". The two teams played to an eventual 1-1 tie in the wind and rain on Tacoma's home field.

Peninsula was on attack right from the start, having a scoring chance within the first minute and a half of play. Peninsula midfielder Brent Ricigliano stole an errant TCC crossing pass and nearly scored, hitting the upper crossbar. The Pirates missed 3 more scoring chances in the first half.

Tacoma's goalkeeper, Ryan Thompson, saved another shot on goal, diving to his left with a hand save, saving a goal. Thompson also had help on two other occasions. Sophomore, John Capshaw had a goal saving head save after Thompson deflected the initial Peninsula free kick. Later in the half, Joshua Garza made a kick save from, what looked to be, inside his own goal preserving a scoreless first half.

Both teams turned up the intensity in the second half. There were five yellow cards issued, three on Tacoma, two on Peninsula. The Titans also were served two red card disqualifications, one each on Ray Moffatte and Carlos Plascenia. The latter would prove important in the games outcome.

Tacoma seemed to have the match in hand when in the 84th minute, Tacoma scored the games first goal. Titan midfielder, Steven Cumbee, set foot on the ball on the left side of Peninsula's 18 yard line, slipped pass the diving Peninsula goalie, scoring on a left footed laser shot.

However, in the 92nd minute, Peninsula made a last minute barrage on the goal. Thompson denied two shot attempts, when the referee inexplicably called the red card foul on Plascenia for elbowing on. With less than a minute left, Cody Sloan scored the Pirates equalizing goal, sailing a penalty kick to the left of Thompson, into the net.

With the tie, the Titans record is now 2-6-1. They will be part of a home double header against Olympic College, at 4pm. The Challenge will be streaming the game live over the internet.

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