MOUNT VERNON – The Peninsula College men joined the Pirate women as Northwest Athletic Conference North Division soccer champions Saturday, following a 3-0 win over Skagit Valley. Ironically, both wins came at Wally Sigmar Field.
The Peninsula women won their sixth straight division title at home last Monday, while the men won their eighth straight league title on a field at Skagit Valley College, also named after the late Dr. Wallace Sigmar, an NWAC Hall of Fame soccer coach and player at SVC who later served as Peninsula College President.
“I think Wally was smiling down on us,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “He helped us launch the soccer program back in 2000 and I know he’d appreciate the dynasty it’s become.”
The league title was the eighth straight for the Pirate men, who are ranked No. 1 in the Northwest Athletic Conference and No. 9 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association Junior College Division I Poll. Peninsula improved to 12-0-1 in conference play and 14-0-2 overall.
Coach Cale Rodriguez, in his second year at Peninsula, is defending an NWAC championship this season and points to Saturday’s league championship as a significant milestone toward their goal of repeating.
“I think what the group has accomplished this year, in terms of winning the division, can easily go unnoticed because of the history and success of the program,” Rodriguez said. “But I think certainly the division title was well earned. The boys have worked extremely hard to put themselves in this position.”
The Peninsula women, who also shutout Skagit Valley Saturday, 5-0, are also ranked No. 1 in the NWAC and are 16th in the national poll. The Pirates rolled to perfect 13-0 conference record, clinching their sixth straight North championship last Monday, and are 14-1-1 overall.
The pair of North Division championships not only pads the trophy case, but it also gives the Pirates an NWAC First Round playoff bye.
The Pirate women will face the winner of a Nov. 2 match against the second-place finisher from the West, currently Tacoma, and the third-place finisher from the East, currently Walla Walla. The quarterfinal playoff is scheduled for Nov. 5 at noon at Sigmar Field at Peninsula College.
The PC men, meanwhile, will follow the same bracket, playing the winner of a match that will likely feature Tacoma against either North Idaho or Walla Walla. Their quarterfinal will follow the women’s match on Nov. 5 at Peninsula.
Meanwhile, there is still some soccer to play. The PC women and men close out league play this week, travelling to Whatcom Wednesday and then hosting Edmonds for “Sophomore Day” at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday. Both Edmonds and Whatcom are in playoff contention.
“I think this group is still hungry to get better,” Rodriguez said. “Nothing changed on our end about how we will approach the remaining games of division play. We want to go out and perform at a high level and play good soccer. At the same time, we’ve put ourselves in a position to be able to utilize the depth we have and rest players who will need it.”
EVERETT – A Peninsula College win and a Whatcom loss on Wednesday propelled the Pirate men to within two points of clinching their eighth straight division championship.
The Pirates, who stopped Everett 5-0 under the lights at Kasch Park Wednesday evening, can claim the North Division title with a win at Skagit Valley on Saturday.
Peninsula (11-0-1, 13-0-2) leads the North with 34 points with three matches remaining. Whatcom (8-2-2, 9-3-2) trails with 26 points. Should the Orcas win out, they would finish the season with 35. The Northwest Athletic Conference’s top-ranked Pirates need only two points in three outings to nail down a home quarterfinal playoff on Nov. 5.
Edmonds (5-4-3, 8-5-3) trails in third place with 18 points following a 1-0 upset over Whatcom Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the NWAC’s No. 1 Peninsula women, who sewed up their sixth straight division title on Monday, stopped the Trojans 2-0 in the earlier match.
PORT ANGELES – In just the seventh year of women’s soccer at Peninsula College, the Pirate women clinched their sixth straight Northwest Athletic Conference division championship Monday, while the men also rolled in a pair of matches against Shoreline that were originally scheduled for Saturday.
A Pacific Northwest storm forecast for Saturday never really materialized, but a pretty big one broke out at Sigmar Field on Monday where the Pirate women and men breezed to victories.
The NWAC’s top-ranked PC women, ranked 15th in the nation, rolled over the Dolphins 6-1 to improve to 11-0 in North Division play with 33 points, 13 more than 6-3-2 Whatcom with four matches remaining. That win guarantees coach Kanyon Anderson and his Pirates a home quarterfinal playoff match at noon on Nov. 5.
Meanwhile, the top-ranked NWAC team, ranked No. 12 in the country, shut out Shoreline 6-0 Monday to maintain a five-point lead over Whatcom in the race for the North Division men’s title. Peninsula is atop the North at 10-0-1, good for 31 points, leading 8-1-2 Whatcom with 26 points. The Pirates have clinched a playoff berth, but still have work to do to win their eighth-straight division title.
The Pirates kick off a three-game road swing at Everett Wednesday, followed by matches at Skagit Valley on Saturday and Whatcom Wednesday, Oct. 26, before returning home for Sophomore Day on Oct. 29 against Edmonds.