• The Penisulua High soccer program has varsity boys’ and girls’ teams are competing for first place in the Bay League standings.
The Peninsula High School Panthers soccer team is out to hunt this season, dominating its competition. The girls’ varsity has a 10-1-3 season record and a league record of 4-0-1, just behind Mira Costa High.
On Jan. 19, the Panthers tied Redondo Union, 1-1, and on Tuesday night topped Hill rival Palos Verdes High, 1-0, when the only goal scored was on a free kick by captain Kailey Yim. For the team, the PV game was more significant than other games, and not just because of the rivalry.
“It held a little more weight because many of the people on the PV team we are friends with, which results in a friendly rivalry, and we were determined to beat them,” said freshman Rachel Yu.
However, PEN’s game plan stayed the same: they stayed aggressive and stuck to what they had been working on in practice.
Peninsula is ranked second in the league, after Mira Costa. Palos Verdes is in third place and Redondo Union fourth.
Even though the Panthers are proving to be fierce competition for other teams, they are taking things one game at a time, and hoping to do well in the Bay League and CIF.
“Among the four top teams in the Bay League, it is very competitive,” said goalkeeper Allison Marcure. “Any one of the teams could walk away with the championship.”