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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.

EDMONDS – The Pirates earned a pair of hard-fought road wins Saturday, dropping the Edmonds women 3-0 and the men 2-1 at the beautiful Triton sports complex.

The Pirate women completed the first of three rounds of North Division play with a 4-1-0 conference record, 9-1-0 overall. Everett leads the division at 5-0-0 and 7-1-1.

The PC men remain atop the North at 4-0-1 and 6-1-2, their only blemish a tie against fourth-place Shoreline.

Next up for the women and men is a road trip to Shoreline on Wednesday. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Nick Johnson

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College men’s soccer team moved into sole possession of first place in the Northwest Athletic Conference North Division, and the women remained a game behind Everett in second place, following a sweep of Whatcom Community College Wednesday at Sigmar Field.

The Pirate men, currently ranked second in the Alaska Airlines NWAC Coaches’ Poll, broke out of a 1-0 thriller with two goals in the final 20 minutes in a battle of two teams that were tied for the division lead to improve to 3-0-1 in conference play and 5-1-2 overall. The Orcas fell to 2-1-1 and 3-2-1.

The PC women, meanwhile, are ranked No. 1 in the NWAC and were heavily favored to beat up on Whatcom Wednesday, but apparently no one told the Orcas. The Bellingham women withstood an offensive Pirate onslaught for 90 minutes, eventually succumbing to a 1-0 loss. Peninsula improved to 3-1-0 in conference play and 8-1-0 overall, while the Orcas fell to 1-3-0 and 2-4-0. Everett leads the North with a 4-0-0 conference record and a 6-1-1 overall mark.

Next up for the Pirates are road games at Edmonds Saturday and Shoreline Wednesday before returning home for Peninsula’s “White Out Game” against Everett on Oct. 3. The Pirate Athletic Department, sponsored by the Associated Student Government, will be dispersing white “Pirate Proud” t-shirts.

Santi Santiago

PORT ANGELES – The Northwest Athletic Association’s first Horizon Air Coaches Poll of the season has the Pirate women ranked No. 1 and the Pirate men No. 2 – and both teams prevailed in Saturday’s “Community Day” match against Skagit Valley.
The Peninsula women rebounded from a heartbreaking 1-0 loss on the road to Everett to smash the Cardinals 8-0, while the men eked out a 1-0 win over the Cardinal men in the second game before a sun-drenched crowd at Sigmar Field.
Next up is another strong North Division test in Whatcom. The Orcas are tied with the PC men for first place, both 2-0-1, while the Orca women are 1-2-0, trailing the second-place Pirates who are 2-1-0. Kickoff Wednesday is 2 p.m. for the women and 4 p.m. for the men.

Sam McEntire

EVERETT - The Peninsula College men moved into sole possession of second place in the Northwest Athletic Conference North Division with a 4-0 win over Everett Wednesday, but the Pirate women fell to the Trojans 1-0 to slip into a four-way tie for second.

Next up for the Peninsula men and women is Saturday's "Community Day" at Sigmar Field where the Pirate women (1-1-0, 6-1-0) tackle Skagit Valley (0-2-0, 2-2-0) at noon and the PC men (1-0-1, 3-1-2) take on the Cardinals (0-1-1, 0-3-1) at 2 p.m. The promotion calls for free admission to youth soccer players, and their families, when the player wears his or her youth soccer or high school soccer jersey. It also features a Pirate water bottle giveaway while they last.

Men: Pirates 4, Trojans 0

The Pirate men played first at a sunny Kasch Park Field in Everett Wednesday and they went right to work taking control of the match.

Johnathan Martinez gave Peninsula the lead just five minutes in when he carried the ball up the left side, beat a defender, cut back into the middle of the box and then laid down a shot inside the left post for an unassisted goal.

Kao Ponce then picked up two goals, his third and fourth of the young season, scoring in the 20th minute off a corner kick from Santiago Sierra and then again in the 58th minute on an assist from Martinez.

David Joyce rounded out the scoring, going high to take a ball in the air with his feet off a cross from Joe Sorensen with just 13 minutes remaining.

Nick Johnson recorded the shutout, his second in six starts this season.