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Jose Serna

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College women’s soccer team broke two records and claimed their seventh straight league title Saturday with four matches still remaining, while the Pirate men remained in the hunt for the men’s North Region crown with a pair of home wins over Shoreline.

The Pirate women, ranked No. 1 in the NWAC and No. 8 among the country’s junior colleges, improved to 11-0 in North Region play and 14-0 overall, with a decisive 15-0 win over a shorthanded Dolphin team. That win extended Peninsula’s unbeaten streak to 32 matches, the longest in the nation for women’s junior college soccer.

The Pirate women also broke two scoring records. Sydney Warren, the NWAC’s leading scorer, racked up four goals to break the all-time single season scoring record, previously held by Bri Afoa with 23 goals. Warren now has 25. Teammate Jordyn DiCintio also now owns Peninsula’s career and single-season assist record. She too is an NWAC leader in that category with 23, as she tied Bronte Fitzsimons’ Pirate record of 23 assists from 2013, also a single season and career record.

The Pirates became only the second team in Pirate women’s soccer history to score more than 100 goals in a season. They lead the NWAC with 113. With four league matches remaining, plus the playoffs, the Pirates are on pace to shatter their own team record of 114 and possibly surpass the NWAC single season scoring record of 129 set by Walla Walla in 2007 in 24 matches. Peninsula is averaging eight goals a match. They have given up only five goals this season and only one in league play, that one coming against the Pirate reserves.

The big news came, however, when Pirate fans learned that Skagit Valley upset second-place Whatcom 2-0 Saturday, and that loss, combined with the Pirates’ win, clinched Peninsula’s seventh straight division crown.

PC vs Shoreline

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula Pirates, the most dominant community college soccer program in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, open the final round of North Region play at home on Saturday against Shoreline.

Coming off a sweep at Edmonds Wednesday night, the Peninsula women and men are not only in a position to defend their respective North Region titles, but also to offer a legitimate challenge to win Northwest Athletic Conference championships.

“We are playing a fast, generous style of soccer,” women’s head coach Kanyon Anderson said of his Pirates. “Our players seem to understand and embrace their roles. We are getting contributions from everyone and we’re having fun.”

It’s a good thing the Pirates are having fun, because the teams they’re playing in the North may not be. The top-ranked NWAC program, ranked No. 8 in the latest United Soccer Coaches national junior college poll, is 10-0 in North Region play, 13-0 overall, and riding a 31-game unbeaten streak, which is the longest amongst the nation’s junior college women’s soccer teams. Peninsula has outscored its’ region opponents 82-1, and leads the NWAC with 98 goals on the season, allowing just five. Second-ranked Highline is second in goals scored with 60.

The Pirates need just two more wins with five matches remaining to clinch their seventh straight region title.

The men’s team, under first-year head coach Jake Hughes, is in a slightly different position entering the final round of league play. The Pirates, who returned just five players from a team that won Peninsula’s eighth straight region title last fall, is ranked fourth in the NWAC and sitting in second place in the North. They will need to win out, and will need help to win the division, as top-ranked Whatcom leads the division by four points. The PC men are 6-0-4 in North play and 8-1-4 overall. They lead the NWAC in scoring with 46 goals, but they’ve allowed 18.

“We’re continuing to grow and reach our potential,” Hughes said. “We’ve battled through sickness and injuries. We’re almost at full strength for our last round. Our goal is to improve the physiological part of the game and prepare for the next game.”

The Pirates, who played their last three matches on the road, return to Sigmar Field Saturday to tackle Shoreline. The women kick off at noon and the men follow at 2 p.m.

Joey Hollimon

TUKWILA - It was a big opening day for the Pirates.

Jake Hughes earned his first win as a college head coach and a very young Peninsula College men's soccer team persevered against a talented and hard-hitting Tacoma team, scoring three second-half goals to defeat the defending NWAC champion Titans 4-2.

TCC scored first, putting one on the scoreboard in the 11th minute, but the Pirates answered 10 minutes later on a goal by Cesar Gervacio, assisted by Adrian Benetiz - and that deadlock stood through halftime.

The Titans caught the Pirates off guard, scoring in the first minute of the second half, but again the Pirates came up with the equalizer, this time when Benetiz found freshman Sterling Penniston-John on the near post for a header 51 minutes into the match.

With a nice crowd gathered to watch these two NWAC men's soccer powers do battle, the PC men stepped up in the final 13 minutes, scoring two goals to put the win in the books. Juan Carrillo-Perez scored unassisted for the go-ahead goal and teammate Gervacio came up with his second goal of the match, a nice header in traffice off a corner kick from Benetiz, who logged a hat trick in the assist column.

Freshman keeper Darius Ochoa played brilliantly in goal for the Pirates, recording save after save down the stretch to preserve the win. Sergio Gonzalez Reyes also had a big match for the Pirates, who will get a few hours of sleep before returning to Starfire Friday morning to tackle defending East champion Spokane.

Jake Hughes

PORT ANGELES - The Jake Hughes era of Pirate soccer begins this summer when the Peninsula College men's soccer team opens at the 2017 NWAC Friendlies Aug. 24-25 at the Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila.

The storied soccer program's fourth head coach helped the Pirates win an NWAC championship in 2015, and he helped them reach the quarterfinals last year, both years as an assistant coach. The former Pirate standout, who picked up an NWAC championship ring himself as a player back in 2010, is now directing the program.

The Peninsula men began training on Aug. 5 and will take to the pitch for the first time under Coach Hughes in a scrimmage at the University of Victoria on Sunday at 1 p.m.

"This group is packed with great characters and quality," Hughes said of his 2017 roster. "They have really pushed themselves through the first week and I'm excited to see them develop as Peninsula College players."

The Pirates return four sophomores in North Region most valuable player Cesar Gervacio of San Jose, California; North All-Star Juan Carrillo, also of San Jose; North All-Conference Joey Hollimon of Las Vegas, Nevada; and Sergio Gonzalez-Reyes of Reno, Nevada.

Hughes' first recruiting class includes Jesse Salgado of Port Angeles, Josiah Urique of Sequim, Darius Ochoa of Seattle, Jose Serna of Yakima, Tristan Landry of Kenai, Alaska, Calvin Aguirre of Las Vegas, Yuki Lavoie of Kallua Kona, Hawaii, Joshua Lopez of Walkoloa, Hawaii, Peter Jones of British Columbia, Manuel Galiano of Italy, and three players from California, including Noah Scofield of Stockton, Michael Benito of Vista, and Stefanus Brown of Vista.

Jake Hughes

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College’s nationally-ranked men’s soccer program may have a European feel next fall.

The College named Jake Hughes, formerly of London, England, as its’ new head men’s soccer coach.

Hughes takes over following the late-January resignation of Cale Rodriguez, who left for a coaching job at Cal State Irvine.

“It's a great honor to be named the head men's soccer coach at Peninsula College, a program that is truly special and a program that I owe a great deal to,” Hughes said. “I would like to thank Dr. Robins, Jack Huls, Rick Ross, Kanyon Anderson, Cale Rodriguez, and Tim Tucker for the opportunity to guide the Pirates into the next season. The support and dedication I have received is incredible and it speaks volumes about the quality of our program.”

Hughes won the job following a seven-week national search.

“It was a very competitive field of applicants,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “We had 34 applications from coaches whose experience ranged from high school to college to professional, and from 19 states and three countries. There were some high powered coaches in the mix, including one with a national championship to his name, but it comes down to the right fit for our program, and that fit is Jake Hughes.”

“I am convinced that Jake has the passion, work ethic and experience to not only win more championships for Peninsula College, but also to recruit student athletes who will represent us well on and off the field,” Ross added. “As our interim coach this last month, the first player he signed is an outstanding young man from Port Angeles in Jesse Salgado. He’s also recruiting players from all over the west coast. Jake knows our program, he knows the NWAC, he knows the College, and he demonstrated to our committee, and our administration, that he not only really wants the job, but that he really wants to coach the players in our program, and that he really wants to live in our community.”

Cale Rodriguez and Dana De Vaughn

PORT ANGELES – The powerhouse men’s soccer program at Peninsula College, winners of eight straight league championships and four of the last seven Northwest Athletic Conference titles, is looking for a new head coach.

Following a brief but very successful two-year stint at Peninsula College, head coach Cale Rodriguez has accepted an assistant coaching position at University of California Irvine, a Division I program located near Rodriguez’s home town of Redlands.

 “I’ve been fortunate enough to receive an opportunity to continue my coaching career at University of California, Irvine,” Rodriguez said in an e-mail to the campus community. “For me, the most important part in my decision to come to the college was to know that the college was committed to athletics from all avenues. While there were many successes on the field, what people don't see and know about is the hard work, dedication, time and energy that the many people at the college from faculty, admin, foundation and general employees have invested into our students. I have met a lot of good people that share the same passion I have in helping young people achieve and pursue education. And it's the people at the college that make Peninsula truly a special place.”

Rodriguez, who was named North Division Coach of the Year last fall, won league titles both seasons and captured the Northwest Athletic Conference championship in 2015.

“Cale did an outstanding job for us and we wish him all the best as he continues his coaching career at the Division I level,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life.

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.

Adrian Benitez

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.

Peninsula College soccer coaches

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.

Peninsula College soccer sophomores

PORT ANGELES – The Northwest Athletic Conference’s top-ranked Peninsula College women and men closed out North Division play unbeaten Saturday, combining for 14 goals and a pair of shutouts over Edmonds.

It was a bittersweet day for 22 Pirate sophomores, who played their final regular season home matches on the pitch at Sigmar Field, but perhaps more sweet than bitter as the women crushed Edmonds 10-0 and the men followed with a decisive 4-0 win.

Peninsula earned a bye in the first round of the NWAC playoffs and will host a pair of quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 5. The Pirate women, who went 15-0 in North Division play to win their sixth straight division crown, will play at noon Saturday against the winner of Wednesday’s playoff between Tacoma and Walla Walla. The PC men, who finished 14-0-1 in conference play to claim their eighth straight league title, follow at 2 p.m. against the winner of a first-round match between Tacoma and the third-place finisher from the East.

A win on Saturday propels the Pirates into the NWAC Final Four, set for Nov. 11-13 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila where the men have won four championships in the last six years, including 2015, and where the women have won a pair of Washington-Oregon community college titles.

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