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PORT ANGELES – The road to the Northwest Athletic Conference Soccer Final Four is short, and familiar for the Peninsula Pirates.

Both the women and men won the North Division and with it byes in the first round of the NWAC playoffs. The Pirates will host Quarterfinal playoff matches on Saturday, Nov. 7, in hopes of punching their tickets to the Final Four, set for Nov. 14-15 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Peninsula College has been represented in five straight NWAC Final Four tournaments.

The Peninsula women, currently ranked No. 1 in the Alaska Airlines NWAC Coaches Poll and No. 10 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, finished the regular season with a 19-1-0 record, 14-1-0 in North Division play, to win their fifth straight conference title. They led the NWAC in goals scored with 85, and goals against with six, and they tied second-ranked Everett for the most shutouts with 14.

The PC women will play the winner of Wednesday’s First Round playoff between North Idaho (8-3-1, 10-5-2), the second-place finisher in the East Division, and Chemeketa (7-4-1, 10-5-2), the third-place finisher in the South. Game time at Sigmar Field is noon on Saturday.

The PC men, ranked No. 2 in the NWAC, wrapped up their 2015 campaign with an 11-2-2 conference record and a 13-3-3 overall mark, winning their division for the seventh straight year. They finished second to top-ranked Highline in scoring with 47 goals and in defense, giving up 18 goals. The Thunderbirds, who beat Peninsula 3-2 in a pre-season match back on Aug. 29, lead the NWAC with 56 goals for and only 10 against. The Pirates tied with Clark for the most shutouts with nine.

Peninsula will play the First Round winner of a match between the Walla Walla men (7-4-4, 9-4-6), the second place finisher in the East, and Southwestern Oregon (6-4-2, 7-7-3), the third-place finisher in the South. Kickoff for the men’s game is 2 p.m. Saturday, following the women’s match.

Both matches will be video streamed at Peninsula’s UStream page.

Admission for Saturday's NWAC Quarterfinals is $4 for adults, $2 for seniors, veterans and youth age 13-17, and free to children 12-under.

Johnny Martinez

PORT ANGELES – New division, new coaches, same old Peninsula College soccer dynasty.

The Peninsula College women defeated Whatcom 6-0 Wednesday to win their 12th straight match and secure the North Division championship, joining the men, who shut out the Orcas 5-0 Wednesday, as division champs.

The Pirate men had clinched their seventh straight division title on Saturday and the women made it a black-and-gold sweep, securing their fifth straight division crown in front of the home fans on Wednesday, with one match remaining on their conference schedule.

The previous division titles came in the West Division, where the Pirates had become a dominant force in Northwest Athletic Conference soccer. Peninsula, however, moved to the North this year, where it has continued its winning ways with two new coaches at the helm. Cale Rodriguez took over the men’s program and former Pirate Jake Hughes was named the lead assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s programs this year. With Kanyon Anderson returning as women’s head coach, the program didn’t skip a beat.

“We’ve been in the North Division for basketball since 1997, so it feels like home for all of our teams to play there,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “We weren’t sure how it was going to go, but it’s pretty competitive from top to bottom. We don’t take these division titles for granted. It’s a big deal to win your league and it’s a testament to the hard work our coaches and athletes put in.”

The Pirates will close out regular season play Saturday at Edmonds and will then have a week to prepare for the NWAC Quarterfinal Playoffs at Sigmar Field on Nov. 7. The women will host the winner of a First Round playoff between the No. 2 team in the East Division, either Treasure Valley or North Idaho, and the No. 3 team in the South, Chemeketa or Clackamas, at noon. The bracket is the same for the men, who will tackle the First Round playoff winner of a match between Walla Walla and either Chemeketa or Southwestern Orgeon. That game will follow the women’s game, kicking off at 2 p.m.

Peninsula College sophomores

PORT ANGELES – Wednesday’s “Sophomore Day” soccer match at Sigmar Field will have more meaning to the Peninsula College women than it will to the men.

The Pirate men clinched the Northwest Athletic Conference North Division championship Saturday with a 2-1 win over Skagit Valley, while the Pirate women, who smashed the Cardinals 10-0, still need a win at home against Whatcom Wednesday to claim the North women’s title.

The Pirate men were in a position to sew up the title with a win at home on Wednesday, but Everett’s 1-1 tie with Whatcom on Saturday expedited Peninsula’s seventh straight division title and eighth overall. It was the first conference championship for first-year head coach Cale Rodriguez and also the first in the North, where the Pirates moved this year after 15 years in the West Division.

"Obviously we're very excited to win our first North Division Championship in the history of the program," Rodriguez said. "The program has had profound success and so there was some added pressure of trying to keep the tradition going. This is the seventh division championship in a row which is a testament to the quality of players that have come through the program in the last few years, as well as Coach Chapman, Coach Anderson and Coach Tucker for their work to bring this program to an elite level, and lastly the tremendous support of the college and community."

Jose Soto

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College women’s soccer team has had some big moments in its brief five-year history, but Wednesday’s 2-1 win over defending Northwest Athletic Champion Everett ranks among the biggest of its regular season victories.

It was the 100th win for head coach Kanyon Anderson and it propelled the Pirates into sole possession of first place in the North Division with three matches remaining.

Meanwhile, it was no surprise that the North Division-leading Peninsula men handled winless Everett 5-2 Wednesday, but things now get serious with matches against fourth-place Skagit Valley Saturday, second-place Whatcom Wednesday and third-place Edmonds on Halloween standing between them and a division championship.

The Pirate women, ranked No. 2 in the latest Alaska Airlines NWAC Coaches Poll, improved to 11-1-0 in conference play, 16-1-0 overall. They are three points ahead of Everett and need wins against the Cardinals (0-11-1, 2-11-1) Saturday and third-place Whatcom (6-6-0, 7-7-0) at home Wednesday on “Sophomore Day,” to clinch at least a share of the North Division championship.

The PC men, ranked third in the NWAC, are also all alone in first place at 9-1-2 and 11-2-3 overall. Following Edmonds’ 3-0 upset over second-place Whatcom Wednesday, the Pirates are five points ahead of the Orcas and can clinch the North title under first-year head coach Cale Rodriguez with wins at Skagit Valley (4-5-3, 4-7-3) and at home Wednesday against Whatcom (7-2-3, 8-3-3).

Johnny Martinez

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates took another step toward what could be their seventh straight Division Championship with a 2-0 win over the visiting Shoreline Dolphins Saturday.

Peninsula, ranked third in the latest Alaska Airlines NWAC Coaches Poll, remains all alone in first place in the North Division with an 8-1-2 record, 10-2-3 overall. The Pirates are two points ahead of Whatcom (7-1-3, 8-2-3) and 12 points ahead of third-place Edmonds (4-5-2, 4-7-3) with four matches remaining.

The PC men will host Everett at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Sigmar Field and then play at Skagit Valley on Oct. 24, they return home for “Sophomore Day” against Whatcom on Oct. 28, and then close out their regular season campaign at Edmonds on Halloween.

In Saturday’s win over Shoreline, the Pirates struck early in each half for their two goals.

The first goal came in the second minute of the first half when Eddie Benito took the ball up the left side, cut to the middle, dished the ball to Joe Sorensen along the sideline and he crossed it back in front of the goal when Benito went high to head it past keeper Jerry Reyes and into the net.

Joe Sorensen

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College soccer fans enjoyed a fireworks show Wednesday, as the Pirate women and men combined for 13 goals in a pair of lopsided wins over Edmonds under sunny skies at Sigmar Field.

The women routed an injury plagued Edmonds club 9-1 and the men followed with a 4-0 shutout, wrapping up the second of three rounds of North Division play. Both Pirate teams sit atop the division, but the women currently share that top spot. The PC women are 9-1-0 in conference play and 14-1-0 overall, tied with Everett (9-1-0, 11-2-1) and 14 points ahead of Shoreline (4-5-1, 6-6-2). The Pirate men (7-1-2, 9-2-3) moved into sole possession of first place Wednesday, two points ahead of Whatcom (6-1-3, 7-2-3) following the Orcas’ 1-1 tie with Shoreline Wednesday. Skagit Valley (4-4-2, 4-6-2) is third.

Peninsula kicks off the final round of North Division play at home Saturday on “Rally Day” at Sigmar Field where fans will be treated to a free Pirate rally towel. The women tackle Shoreline at noon and the men follow at 2 p.m.

BELLINGHAM – The Peninsula women and men appear to be going in different directions, but look for the Pirate men to right their ship as they return home for three straight games.

The women have found their offense, scoring six goals in each of their last two matches including a surprising 6-0 romp over Whatcom in Bellingham Saturday. In their previous meeting at Peninsula, the Pirates eked out a 1-0 nod over the Orcas.

The PC men, meanwhile, were shutout in their last two matches, including a 3-0 setback to the Orcas on a stormy Whatcom field Saturday, a team they had defeated 3-0 at Sigmar Field back on Sept. 23.

Both Peninsula teams are tied for first place in the North. The women are 8-1-0 and 13-1-0 and tied with Everett (8-1-0, 10-2-1) and 11 points ahead of Shoreline (4-4-1, 6-5-2). The PC men are 6-1-2 and 8-2-3 and now tied with Whatcom (6-1-2, 7-2-2), and eight points ahead of Shoreline (3-3-3, 3-3-6).

The Pirates host Edmonds at 2 p.m. (women) and 4 p.m. (men) on Wednesday and then tackle Shoreline at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday at “Rally Day,” where Pirate fans will be treated to free Pirate rally towels. The third home game of this 3-game stand is Everett on Oct. 21 – a match that looms large in the Pirate womens’ bid to win a fifth straight division championship.

MOUNT VERNON – The Pirates remained atop the North Division of the Northwest Athletic Conference following a win and a tie at Skagit Valley College Wednesday.

The Peninsula women downed the Cardinals 6-0 in a match that was called early following a tragic injury to a Skagit Valley player, while the Pirate men and women played to a scoreless tie.

The women are now 7-1-0 in conference play and 12-1-0 overall, tied with Everett for first place and 13 points ahead of third-place Shoreline at 4-3-1.

The PC men are all alone atop the standings at 6-0-2 in conference play and 8-1-3 overall and just three points ahead of second-place Whatcom (5-1-2, 6-2-2), the Pirates’ opponent on Saturday in Bellingham. The women kickoff against the fourth-place Orcas (3-5-0, 4-6-0) at noon and the men follow at 2:15.

Johnny Martinez

PORT ANGELES – The Pirate women responded to a drop from No. 1 to No. 4 in the Alaska Airlines Northwest Athletic Conference Coaches Poll by defeating the new top-ranked team Saturday, while the second-ranked men rallied in the second half to complete a home sweep over Everett.

Both teams now sit atop the North Division with eight matches remaining. The PC women are 6-1-0 in conference play and 11-1-0 overall, tied with Everett (6-1-0, 8-2-1). The Pirate men, meanwhile, improved to 6-0-1 and 8-1-2, and five points ahead of second place Whatcom (4-1-2, 5-2-2).

The Pirates travel to Skagit Valley on Wednesday and then turn right around for an even longer road trip to Bellingham on Saturday to face Whatcom.

Men: Pirates 7, Trojans 3

On paper, the conference-leading Pirates were supposed to be able to phone this one in against winless Everett, but soccer matches aren’t played on paper.

Peninsula, playing without several starters, took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute on a goal by Keo Ponce, but that was all they could muster in the first half against a determined and underrated Everett club, which used a PC own goal to make it 1-1 at the break.

SHORELINE – Another road trip and another sweep for the Peninsula Pirates Wednesday – and the stage is now set for Saturday’s Northwest Athletic Conference showdown between the top-ranked Peninsula College women and the defending NWAC champion and second-ranked Everett women.

The Peninsula women gave up only their second goal in 11 games Wednesday in a narrow 2-1 victory over third-place Shoreline, while the Pirate men avenged an earlier tie against the Dolphins with a 2-0 shutout.

That sets up Saturday’s highly anticipated home match against the Everett women, a team that defeated the Pirates twice last year, once 1-0 in a non-conference match, and the second 1-0 in the NWAC championship match, and once already this year when the Trojans eked out yet another 1-0 win on their home field back on Sept. 16. The two teams kick off “White Out Day” at Sigmar Field at noon, where PC students will receive a free white “Pirate Proud” T-shirt and non-students will have the opportunity to purchase the shirt for $5, which includes tax.

 The Peninsula and Everett men follow at 2 p.m. The Pirates handled the Trojans 4-0 in their previous meeting at Everett.

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