PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College Freshman Cesar Gervacio was named the Northwest Athletic Conference North Region Most Valuable Player, 10 of his teammates also earned honors, and head coach Cale Rodriguez was named North Region Coach of the Year.
As region champions, Peninsula was allowed eight nominations for the All-Star Team and the other five coaches in the North voted all eight onto the All-Star Team. They will play in the NWAC Men’s All-Star Game at noon, Sunday, at Starfire Stadium and coach Rodriguez, a second-year coach who won his first NWAC Region Coach of the Year award, will coach them.
That All-Star list is headed up by Gervacio, Peninsula’s leading scorer who won Most Valuable Player honors. He will be joined by Juan Carrillo, Marlon Nava, Jason Ramos, Jose Soto, Demar Stewart and Salvador Vargas.
Soto also will be honored with an NWAC Academic Excellence award.
Finally, Alex Ramos, Miguel Valderrama and Joey Hollimon were named North Region All-Conference.
PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula Pirates had one of the best men’s soccer seasons in the College’s storied history, officially going unbeaten with a 16-0-3 record, but ironically, they won’t be NWAC champions.
The NWAC’s top-ranked Pirates, who rose to No. 7 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I Junior College Soccer Poll, tied Tacoma 2-2 through regulation and two overtime periods before coming up short in a wild penalty kick shootout to bring a sad end to Saturday’s NWAC Quarterfinal Playoff.
In the soccer world, that quarterfinal outcome is recorded as a tie, but the shootout sends fourth-ranked Tacoma on to the NWAC Final Four.
The Pirates, who won NWAC titles in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015, bowed out in the quarterfinal round this year - and it was a talented Tacoma team combined with some untimely injuries that spelled their demise.
PORT ANGELES – The stage is set for Saturday’s Northwest Athletic Conference Quarterfinal Soccer Playoffs at Peninsula College, where the nationally-ranked soccer powerhouse Pirates will host Walla Walla in the women’s match and Tacoma in the men’s contest.
The winners will advance to the NWAC Final Four, set for Nov. 11-13 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila.
The Pirate women and men, who have been a fixture at the Final Four for six years, winning six NWAC championships and a host of runner-up and third-place trophies, will have to get past two very talented teams on Saturday. Kickoff for the women’s match is noon and the men will follow at 2 p.m.
“This is the last chance for our community to see two nationally-ranked junior college soccer teams play at home this season,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “On paper, we’re the favorites, but none of the records and rankings matter in the post season. Both Walla Walla and Tacoma are talented and well coached. It’ll be intense.”
Both Pirate teams are ranked No. 1 in the NWAC. The men are ranked No. 7 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of American Junior College Division I Poll and the PC women moved up to No. 13 in the country.
Admission for Saturday's doubleheader is $4 for adults, $2 for seniors, veterans and youth ages 13-17, and free for children 12-under.