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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.

PORT ANGELES – The Northwest Athletic Conference soccer machine that is the Peninsula College Pirates ran over another North Division opponent Saturday.

The PC women dispatched a defensive-minded Everett team 1-0 in the opener and the men followed with a 6-1 romp in the second game.

The second-ranked women improved to 7-0 in conference play and 8-1-1 overall. They remain unscored upon in those seven North Division matches.
The top-ranked Pirate men are also 7-0 in league and 9-0-1 on the season.

The Pirates host Skagit Valley for game-four of a five-game home stretch at 2:00 and 4:00 Wednesday.

Cesar Gervacio

PORT ANGELES – Cesar Gervacio, a freshman forward from San Jose, California, scored all five goals, tying Peninsula College’s single-game scoring record, in a 5-0 win over Shoreline Wednesday, while the Pirate women also prevailed in a 3-0 triumph over the Dolphins.

Pirate fans witnessed Gervacio’s historic effort on a spectacular sunny fall day at Sigmar Field, where their PC teams remained unbeaten in North Division play.

The women, ranked No. 3 in the Northwest Athletic Conference and No. 20 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I Junior College Poll, improved to 6-0 in conference play and 7-1-1 overall. They have not surrendered a goal in the North Division in six matches.

The Pirate men, ranked No. 1 in the NWAC and surprisingly still unranked nationally, remain unbeaten this season. Peninsula moved to 6-0 in North Division play and 8-0-1 overall.

Saturday is “Pirate Proud T-shirt Day” at Sigmar Field where Peninsula tackles the Everett women at noon and the men at 2 p.m.

Saul Araiza

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College women and men rolled through the first of three rounds of North Division soccer play with unbeaten records, following a pair of shutouts over Edmonds at Sigmar Field Saturday.

Remarkably the Pirate women won all five matches without surrendering a goal. Peninsula (5-0, 6-1-1) racked up 25 goals and allowed none, despite playing everyone on the roster, including four goal keepers. The Pirates are ranked No. 3 in the Northwest Athletic Conference and No. 19 in the nation.

The Pirate men (5-0, 7-0-1) have scored 20 goals and given up seven, but they tightened up the defense last week, recording back-to-back shutouts against sixth-ranked Whatcom and seventh-ranked Edmonds. The PC men are ranked No. 1 in the NWAC poll and remain unranked nationally.

The Peninsula women and men tackle arguably their toughest North Division opponent on Wednesday when Shoreline visits the PC campus for a pair of matches at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the second of a five-game home stand. Back on Sept. 10 at Shoreline, the Pirate women escaped with a 1-0 win over the Dolphins and the men rallied from behind to win 4-3.

BELLINGHAM - The Peninsula Pirates were braced for a showdown at Whatcom Wednesday where the the two women's teams and the two men's teams all had 3-0 conference records on the line.

When the crumb rubber had settled on the Orcas' turf field late Wednesday afternoon, it was the Pirate women and men who were all alone in first place in the North Division.

The Northwest Athletic Conference's third-ranked Peninsula women stunned unranked Whatcom 7-0 in the opener, and the top-ranked Pirate men followed with a 3-0 shutout over the hosts, who are ranked sixth in the NWAC.

The Pirate women improved to 4-0 in North Division play and 5-1-1 overall, while the men remained unbeaten, improving to 4-0 and 6-0-1. Peninsula hosts Edmonds Saturday for the annual "Community Day" match. Admission is free to all fans and mini soccer balls will be given away. Kickoff is noon for the women's match and 2 p.m. for the men.

Juan Carrillo

PORT ANGELES – A Northwest Athletic Conference soccer showdown is brewing for Wednesday in Bellingham.

The third-ranked Peninsula women, who dominated Skagit Valley 6-0 Saturday, will tackle an unranked Whatcom club at 2 p.m. Both teams share 3-0 North Division records and 4-1-1 season marks.

The nightcap will feature the top-ranked Pirates (3-0, 5-0-1), who stopped Skagit Valley 5-1 Saturday, against the sixth-ranked Orcas (3-0, 4-1-0). Kickoff is at 4:15.

The winner of each match will have sole possession of first place in the North.

EVERETT – The Pirates, who swept the Trojans at Everett Wednesday to open North Division play 2-0, make their 2016 home debut Saturday against Skagit Valley College.

The defending Northwest Athletic Champion Pirate men, who have won seven straight division titles, came from behind to drop Everett 5-2 Wednesday. Peninsula (2-0, 4-0-1) hosts the Cardinals (1-1, 3-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Pirate women, winners of five straight division crowns and a third-place trophy in 2015, dominated a traditionally-strong Trojan club 4-0 Wednesday. The Pirates (2-0, 3-1-1) tackle Skagit Valley (0-2, 0-3-1) at noon on Saturday.

It’s "Kickoff Day" at Sigmar Field Saturday where fans will get their first regular season look at the 2016 Pirates while enjoying a free barbequed hot dog. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for seniors (55), veterans and children 13-17, and free to children 12-under.

SPOKANE – The Peninsula Pirates managed to play all of the defending region champions in non-conference soccer play, completing that preseason schedule with a win and a tie at Spokane Monday.

The defending NWAC champion Pirate men overcame a 1-0 deficit to defeat the reigning East Region champion Sasquatch 2-1 Saturday, following a 2-2 thriller between the defending NWAC champions from Spokane and the five-time region champion and third-place 2015 finisher Peninsula.

The Pirate men closed out their non-conference with wins over Spokane and South Region champion Clark, and a tie against defending West champion Highline. The PC women defeated 2015 South champion Lane, fell to defending West champion Highline before tying Spokane. Both teams open North Region play Saturday at Shoreline where the PC women (1-1-1) tackle the Dolphins (2-0-0) at noon and the PC men (2-0-1) meet the hosts (1-1-0) at 2:15.

Alex Ramos

SPRINGFIELD, OR – The Pirates opened their 2016 season with a successful showing at the Northwest Athletic Conference Fall Sports Festival last weekend.

The defending champion Pirate men, playing without several starters, defeated defending South champion Clark 3-0 Saturday and tied defending West champion Highline 3-3 on Sunday, staking an early claim as one of the NWAC’s top men’s teams for 2016.

The Pirate women, who were upset in the semifinals last year by Highline, split their non-conference matches, defeating the defending South Region champion Titans 3-0 on Lane’s home field Saturday, and then falling to West champion and NWAC runner-up Highline in a 2-1 thriller on Sunday.

The two PC teams will see their next action Monday, Sept. 5, at Spokane where the women will take on the defending NWAC champion Sasquatch at 10 a.m. and the men will tackle a very strong Spokane men’s club at 12:15.
The Pirates open North Region play Sept. 10 at Shoreline and Sept. 14 at Everett before making their 2016 home debut Sept. 17 against Skagit Valley.

Peninsula 3, Highline 3
After dominating Lane on Saturday, the Peninsula men found themselves in an early hole against Highline. Both teams got off quality shots in the first half, but the only shots that found the net came from the Thunderbirds, who posted a surprising 3-0 advantage at halftime.

PORT ANGELES – The defending Northwest Athletic Conference champion Peninsula College Pirates will have a California vibe when they hit the pitch at Sigmar Field in August to begin training.

Cale Rodriguez, who won the NWAC title in his first year as head coach, has recruited 11 players from his home state of California in what appears to be a very strong recruiting class to go along with eight returners.

“This recruiting class is an excellent group of talented and high character individuals,” Rodriguez said. “The challenge with this group will be getting them adapted to the college game quickly, as we have a tough preseason ahead of us. I am hopeful that this group can step in right away and help the program continue a high level of success with the help and experience of the returning group.”

“I am excited to get to work as preseason is just around the corner,” Rodriguez said.