PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula Pirates were dealt some adversity this year, but the national men’s soccer powerhouse still emerged with one of its greatest seasons on record.
PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College soccer teams are not only talented, but they’re smart.
For the third straight year, the Pirates have led all of the colleges in the Northwest Athletic Conference in the number of All-Academic Award winners.
Seven women and six men were named to the 2014 NWAC All-Academic Team for excellent academic performance. The award is limited to qualifying sophomore athletes.
Earning that honor this fall for the women’s team were Solana Ashe, Alyssa Bertuleit, Kasie Lough, Larkyn Nelson, Mary Pierce, Paxton Rodocker and Brooke Yoshimura.
All-Academic winners for the men were Dylan Clark, Kassio Monteiro, Daniel Moss, Victor Sanchez, Keevan Webb, and Aaron Zovolokin.
“The success of the soccer program over the years has allowed us to be selective in our recruiting,” said Kanyon Anderson, who served as head coach for both the women’s and men’s teams this year. “The whole experience is better when we bring in players who excel on the field, in the classroom and in the community. And again this year, we were fortunate enough to bring in high character student athletes.”
“I am very proud of their success in the classroom,” he added. “I am looking forward to the offseason when we’ll be able to share these great people with the community.”
PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College placed six women and five men on their respective West Division All-Star Teams, and Pirate head coach Kanyon Anderson was named West Division Co-Coach of the Year, as announced Tuesday by the Northwest Athletic Conference.
Winning All-Star spots for the West Division champion Peninsula women are Alyssa Bertuleit (sophomore, Sparks, NV) at forward; Paxton Rodocker (sophomore, Port Angeles), and Brittney Yoshimura (sophomore, Mililani, HI) at midfield; Kamryn Barney (sophomore, Snohomish, WA) at defender; and a sweep of the two keeper positions with Emily Flinn (sophomore, Forest Grove, OR) and Kasie Lough (sophomore, Roy, WA) both earning honors.
For the co-West Division champion men, All-Star winners included forwards Eddie Benito (freshman, Vista, CA) and Caio Maciel (sophomore, Salvador, Brazil); midfielders Kassio Monteiro (sophomore, Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Keevan Webb (sophomore, Victoria, B.C.); and defender Brodi Keefe (sophomore, Victoria, B.C.).
Anderson, who coached both the women and the men this year, was named West Division Men’s Coach of the Year, along with Jason Gjertsen of Tacoma.