After a sizzling hot start to the season, the Peninsula High boys soccer team has gone ice cold.
The late-season slump continued April 29 when the Seahawks suffered a 3-2 loss to Auburn High at Roy Anderson Field.
Peninsula junior Andrew Campell scored in the 50th minute, and senior Ryan Campbell converted a penalty kick, but the Seahawks couldn’t hold off the Trojans.
The Seahawks, who started the season 10-0, then closed out the regular season with a loss to Auburn Riverside on Monday — their fourth loss in their past five games. The loss also conceded the Class 3A South Puget Sound League title.
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Campbell’s goal against Auburn was one of the positive moments for the Seahawks.
"I just saw a little confusion in the box, the ball came out and I just took advantage of the chance," Campbell said.
Only a minute later, Lewis drew a penalty in the box and Ryan Campbell converted the shot, giving the Seahawks a 2-1 lead and completely shifting the momentum of the game.
"We battled tonight," Peninsula coach Brad Scandrett said. "We did what we haven’t done for three or four games, which was battle and play our game. It was good to see us battle and fight back into it, scrape, possess and most of the game we played in their half of the field, which was nice to see."
Then things started to unravel for the Seahawks. Auburn junior Geo Barrientos sent in a shot from distance which managed to get through goalkeeper Ethan Martin’s hands, tying up the game. With only ten minutes left in the game, one of Auburn’s players fell in the box, prompting the official to award Auburn with a penalty.
"The kid just fell down," Scandrett said. "There was no foul. When you have a swing going, you try to get what you can get. It was definitely not a foul."
Scandrett was still optimistic after the loss.
"What we did tonight, outside of a couple mistakes and a PK, we win this game," Scandrett said. "We just need to keep battling and keep playing and keep moving in the right direction. We’re on the upswing again. This is a loss but I don’t consider it a loss. We’re heading in the right direction again."
AUBURN RIVERSIDE TAKES SPSL 3A TITLE
Auburn Riverside had to escape some late surges by Peninsula as the Ravens edged the Seahawks, 3-2, on Monday to clinch the Class 3A SPSL soccer title.
"I don’t think we were ever really panicked," Auburn Riverside coach Robyn Saarenas said. "It was a good, competitive, playoff-level match but I felt good about where we’re at."
The Ravens (11-3-1 overall, 11-2-0 3A SPSL) controlled the tempo for a majority of the game, and netted two goals in four minutes in the second half to open up a 3-1 lead they wouldn’t surrender.
Jordan Loomans — who led the Ravens with two goals and one assist — tapped in the first goal of the match in the 16th minute on a pass from Sahanie Shell in the right corner.
The Ravens went into halftime with a 1-0 lead, but allowed an own goal in the 40th minute that tied the score.
"The issue was in our control," Saarenas said. "We just had to go out and find a way to find another goal."
Loomans struck again in the 44th minute, giving the Ravens a 2-1 lead.
"I didn’t expect that ball," Loomans said. "I just saw Brandon (Gonzalez) put that chip over the defense, and knew it was my chance to take the lead."
Shell scored four minutes later on a cross from Loomans, but Peninsula’s Christian Lewis answered in the 56th minute to make it 3-2.
"There were moments in the second half when Peninsula came back and they had momentum on a couple of plays," Saarenas said.
Peninsula created scoring opportunities late in the match — including one possession where the Seahawks took four consecutive corner kicks — but couldn’t convert any into goals. The Seahawks (11-4-0, 9-4-0) have lost four of their past five games after starting the season 10-0.
Gateway freelancer Lauren Smith contributed to this story.