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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.

BELLINGHAM – The Peninsula College women’s and men’s soccer teams, who continue to climb the national rankings, swept the Orcas at Whatcom Wednesday.

The Pirate women rolled to a 5-0 win over Whatcom and the men followed with a 1-0 nod over the North Division’s second-place Orcas.

Both Peninsula teams remain unbeaten in conference play with one match remaining. Saturday is “Sophomore Day” at Sigmar Field where the Pirates will honor 21 sophomores prior to their noon and 2 p.m. contests against Edmonds.

The Pirate men (13-0-1, 15-0-2) haven’t lost since last Halloween - at Edmonds. In two previous matches this season, the Pirates won 3-0 and 2-1.

Peninsula moved up to No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Junior College Division I Poll and has been ranked No. 1 in the Northwest Athletic Conference poll all season.

The PC women (14-0-0, 15-1-1) have only one blemish on their record, a 2-1 non-conference loss to Highline back on Aug. 28. The Pirates moved up to No. 13 in the nation in the latest NSCAA poll and took over the No. 1 spot in the NWAC on Oct. 13.

Peninsula College North Division champions

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.

Jared Ortiz

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.

PORT ANGELES - Saturday's NWAC North soccer match against Shoreline has been postponed to Monday due to concerns about safe travel with a fall storm in the forecast.

The Pirates will tackle the Dolphins at 2 p.m. (women) and 4 p.m. (men) on Monday at Sigmar Field in Port Angeles.

Juan Carrillo

PORT ANGELES – Fan loyalty will be tested Saturday when a storm of historic proportions is forecast to greet Pirate fans at Sigmar Field.

Saturday is Peninsula College’s annual “Fan Appreciation Day,” where Pirate supporters who dare to venture out will see their Northwest Athletic Conference-leading women attempt to clinch their sixth straight conference title, while the PC men will try to gain ground on second-place Whatcom and third-place Shoreline. Should the Shoreline teams successfully navigate the storm Saturday morning, kickoff for the women is set for noon. The men follow at 2 p.m. “Fan Appreciation Day” will feature drawings for prizes throughout the women’s and men’s games.

The Pirates are coming off a hard-fought road sweep at Edmonds Wednesday, where the women (10-0, 11-1-1) earned their 10th straight shutout, winning 4-0, followed by a come-from behind 2-1 victory by the Pirate men (9-0-1, 11-0-2).

Women: Peninsula 4, Edmonds 0
In Wednesday’s match on the Triton pitch, the Pirates got on the scoreboard in the 10th minute when Coby Yoshimura scored off an assist from Tatiana Hagen.

Marriah Perez made it 2-0 in the 25th minute and that score stood through the first half. That goal was assisted by Hoku Afong.

A defensive-minded Triton club then surrendered only two more goals in the second half, those coming from Perez and Sydney Warren, assisted by Maddy Parton and Malia Brudvik.

Natalie Carreon went the distance in goal for Peninsula, recording her first solo shutout.

Clarence Wong

PORT ANGELES – In a doubleheader that matched the NWAC North Division leading Pirate women and men against a pair of Whatcom teams that are both in second place, the Pirates turned back the Orcas 3-0 in the women’s match, but the PC men gave up a goal in extra time to settle for a 1-1- tie.

The Peninsula women (9-0, 10-1-1) now lead the North with 27 points, Whatcom (5-1-3, 6-2-4) is second with 16 and Shoreline (4-3-2, 6-3-2) is close behind in third with 15. The NWAC’s second-ranked Pirates, No. 15 in the nation, travel to Edmonds Wednesday for a special 4 p.m. kickoff and then host the Dolphins at noon on Saturday.

The Pirate men (8-0-1, 10-0-2) saw their North lead narrow with the tie, just five points ahead of Whatcom (6-1-2, 7-2-2) with 25 points and 20 points respectively. Shoreline (4-5-0, 5-6-0) and Edmonds (3-3-3, 6-4-3) are a distant third, each with 12 points. The Pirates play Edmonds under the lights at the Triton field at 6:15 Wednesday and then host Shoreline at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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