PORT ANGELES - The NWAC's fourth-ranked Pirates open the playoffs against eighth-ranked Walla Walla at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the First Round of the playoffs right here at Sigmar Field.
The Peninsula men, who are ranked 13th nationally, finished second in the North Region behind top-ranked Whatcom this year with a 10-1-4 league record and a 12-2-4 overall mark. They scored 61 goals, second only to Whatcom's 63, and gave up 27.
Walla Walla finished third in the East Region behind Spokane and Columbia Basin with an 8-4 record, 11-5 overall. The Warriors scored 35 goals this year and allowed 19.
Individually, Peninsula has a host of players among the NWAC leaders. Cesar Gervacio, who pulled a hamstring in Peninsula's 4-3 win over Edmonds Saturday and is questionable for this week, leads the NWAC in scoring with 18 goals, Juan Carrillo is third with 15 and Joey Hollimon is seventh with 12. Pirate Adrian Benitez is second in assists with nine and Carillo is sixth with six.
Walla Walla is led by Missael Lopez, who has 11 goals, and Freddy Rodriguez with seven.
The winner of Wednesday's NWAC First Round playoff will travel to Portland Saturday to tackle the South Region champion Panthers in the NWAC Quarterfinals. The winner of that match advances to the Final Four, set for Nov. 10-12 at Starfire Sports in Tukwila.