Palos Verdes Beats Peninsula to Claim Bay League Crown

Top-ranked Palos Verdes held No. 9 Peninsula to one goal through three quarters and cruised to a 10-2 victory Tuesday, claiming the Bay League championship outright for the fourth time in five seasons. The Sea Kings (15-2, 5-0) shared the Bay title with the Panthers last season.

Tuesday, goals from Aidan Westley and Rizal Smith staked Palos Verdes to a 2-0 lead after one quarter, and Peter Henkhaus and Westley — assisted by goalie Connor Jongewaard — extended the lead to 4-0 before Peninsula got on the board. The score was 5-1 at halftime.

Westley (3g, 1a), Smith (2g), Henkhaus (2g) and Jarrett Jones (2g, 1a) led the Sea Kings in scoring, with Beau Sabosky (1g), Austin Lowi (1a), John Gressett (1a) and Jongewaard (1a) contributing, as well.

As usual with PV, though, the defense played as big a role as the offense. Jones had three caused-turnovers and eight ground balls; Shane Sharp (2 CTs) held Peninsula attack Koby Tseng to one goal (Sharp held Tseng scoreless in the teams’ first meeting); and Kyle McBride (2 CTs, 4 GBs) and Matt Nagy (2 CTs, 2 GBs) also helped keep Jongewaard clean. The goalie allowed only two goals and made only two saves in the game.

Palos Verdes wraps up its regular season Thursday against visiting No. 11 Mira Costa (12-5, 3-2). Peninsula (10-5, 2-3) plays at Redondo Union on Friday.