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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.

SHORELINE – The Pirate women recorded their NWAC-leading sixth shutout in a 2-0 win over Shoreline in their North Division opener Saturday, while the men rallied late to escape with a 1-1 tie against the Dolphins.

Next up is a rematch of the 2014 NWAC women’s championship match, pitting the defending champion Everett Trojans, who are off to a 3-1-1 start this year, against the runner-up Pirate women, who are 6-0-0, set for Wednesday at 4:15, at Kasch Park in Everett. The Pirates last year gave up only four goals in 23 matches and two of those were to the Trojans, resulting in Peninsula’s only two losses in 2014.

The Pirate men, meanwhile, are 2-1-2 under new head coach Cale Rodriguez and will tackle the 0-3-0 Everett men at 2:00 Wednesday, playing the first match of the North Division doubleheader for a change.

Sam McEntire

PORT ANGELES – A mechanical failure on the Hood Canal Bridge that forced Bellevue College to re-route around the Hood Canal Wednesday, resulted in hour-to-hour match time changes, and a site change for the men’s match, but Pirate fans who persevered got to see two big wins.

In the final non-conference matches for Peninsula, the PC women shut out Bellevue 3-0, while the men stopped the Bulldogs 3-1. Both Bellevue teams were unbeaten on the young season coming into the doubleheader.

The Pirate women, ranked No. 7 in the latest National Soccer Coaches of America Division I Junior Soccer Poll, finished their non-conference schedule with a 5-0 record, scoring 24 goals and giving up 0.

The Pirate men wrapped up their non-conference campaign under new head coach Cale Rodriguez with a 2-1-1 record, earning two straight wins over playoff-caliber teams. Peninsula scored eight goals and allowed five.

The Peninsula women and men open their first season in the Northwest Athletic Conference's North Division Saturday at Shoreline. The Pirate men previously played in the West Division since 2000 and the women joined them in 2010. The Shoreline Dolphins are 2-1-1 in women’s play and 0-0-3 in men’s non-conference action this year. Kickoff at Twin Ponds Field in Shoreline is 12:30 for the women and 2:30 for the men.

David Joyce

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates tackle Bellevue Wednesday in their final non-conference match as they prepare for Saturday’s North Division opener at Shoreline.

The Bulldogs are a perennial playoff qualifier and will provide Peninsula’s women’s and men’s teams with a great final non-conference match. Kickoff was moved to 3:30 for the women and 5:30 for the men to accommodate a request from Bellevue.

The Pirate men picked up their first win against North Idaho, 3-1 on Saturday getting two goals from Keo Ponce and one from David Joyce. The Cardinals scored in the final three minutes to steal a shutout away from PC keeper Nick Johnson.

The win avenged a tough road loss in the playoffs at North Idaho last November, as the Pirates dominated Saturday’s match despite playing without several starters.

The PC men are 1-1-1 heading into Wednesday’s match against the 2-0-1 Bulldogs.

Jonathan Vasquez

SPRINGFIELD, OR – If there was any question about the future of the Pirate men’s program under new head coach Cale Rodriguez, it appears to be bright.

The Peninsula men went toe-to-toe against two powerhouse programs at the NWAC Friendlies Saturday and Sunday, tying Walla Walla 0-0 and falling to defending NWAC champion Highline 3-2.

The Pirates open their home schedule Saturday against NWAC runner-up North Idaho at 2 p.m. at Sigmar Field.

PORT ANGELES – The Northwest Athletic Conference championship soccer traveling trophies are hauntingly absent from the Peninsula College trophy case this fall – and that’s not sitting well with Peninsula Pirate players, coaches and fans.

The Pirate men and women, who combined to win five NWAC soccer titles from 2010-2013, will begin their quest to return those trophies to the PC campus when they take the field at the 2015 NWAC Friendlies Saturday in Springfield, Oregon.

The PC women, ranked No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I Junior College Soccer Poll, opens its 2015 campaign against Treasure Valley, a team Peninsula defeated in a thrilling NWAC First Round playoff match last November. That game kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday on Field 4 of the Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation in Springfield. The Pirates then play Columbia Basin at 8 a.m. Sunday on Field 3, and close out the weekend against Grays Harbor at 4 p.m. Sunday on Field 2.

The Pirate men, meanwhile, open a new era in men’s soccer under new head coach Cale Rodriguez, who comes to Peninsula College after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Redlands and at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The Pirates are unranked in the NSCAA preseason poll, but hope to jump back into the National rankings with a strong start in 2015 – and they’ll be tested early. It all begins Saturday when the PC men take on Walla Walla, the 2014 East Division runner-up, at 11 a.m. on Field 2. Then on Sunday, the Pirate men take on defending NWAC champion Highline at noon on Field 4.

PORT ANGELES – The first recruiting class for new head coach Cale Rodriguez looks to be a strong one with athletes coming from all over the West Coast in hopes of landing starting roles with the Peninsula College Pirates.

“I’m extremely excited about the incoming recruiting class,” Rodriguez said. “We have players coming from California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Oregon. I believe there is a lot of talent in this group that will complement our returning players very well.”

The first-year head coach from the University of Redlands was not only recruiting talent, but also young men he’s looking forward to coaching.

“I wanted to make sure that not only did we bring in good soccer players, but that we bring in good character guys as well,” Rodriguez said, adding that he was looking for players who “have a strong desire to further their educations and play at four year programs.”

After a weekend of tryouts, Rodriguez is excited about his team.

“I strongly believe we now have a good amount of depth on our roster that will be important as we face a challenging NWAC schedule,” he said. “Expectations are high so it’s imperative that we bring along the new guys quickly. With that being said, it is going to be a lot of fun working with this group and seeing what they can achieve.”