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PORT ANGELES – Hundreds of soccer fans from all over Western Washington not only enjoyed five hotly contested soccer matches, but they were treated to great food, beverages and sunny weather at the fourth annual Rumble in the Rainforest Saturday at Sigmar Field on the Peninsula College campus.

The event, a fund-raiser for athletic scholarships, netted $5,000.

“This community continues to astonish me with their support of our athletic programs,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “Our staff, led by Tim Tucker, put on a great show, with two professional teams and four college teams, and our fans and our sponsors came up big once again. I’m convinced that the five NWAC championships and nine division titles we’ve won in soccer alone over the past five years just wouldn’t have happened without that support.”

The five exhibition soccer matches were all close. The day opened with the Peninsula College men defeating the Olympic Force, a professional team that plays in the Evergreen Premiere League, 2-1. The two Pirate goals came from Victor Sanchez and Kassio Monteiro.

PORT ANGELES - Be prepared to “rumble” and cheer on some of the best soccer teams in the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, April 25, when Peninsula College hosts the Rumble in the Rainforest Soccer Exhibition Extravaganza at Sigmar Field in Port Angeles. The Rumble benefits the Peninsula College Athletic Program, and helps to raise money to support athletic scholarships.

Events will kick off at 10 am on Sigmar Field with a match between the men of Olympic Force vs. Peninsula College. This will be followed at 11:20 by an exhibition match between the men of Saint Martin’s College and the Kitsap Pumas. At 12:40, the women of Saint Martin’s and Peninsula College will meet.

Men’s soccer dominates the rest of the day, continuing at 2:30 pm when the Peninsula College men’s team goes up against the Kitsap Pumas. At 3:50 pm, the Olympic Force will face off against St. Martin’s College.

In addition to world class soccer games, there will be other free events on campus. Soccer fans and car lovers are invited to visit a car show, hosted by the Peninsula College Auto Shop, Ruddell Automall, Price Ford and Wilder Auto. For children, there will be a special Kids’ Zone, featuring a bouncy house, sponsored Storm King Soccer.

Visitors and famished spectators are invited to try out some great food and drink options from Next Door Gastropub and the Pirate Cove Café, available at the field. 

Admission: 6-U free; 7 – 17$5 ($2.50 if in Academy or local club soccer jersey); 18 and older $10; Seniors & current Military $5; Family of 5 or more $30.

PORT ANGELES – Cale Rodriguez of Redlands, California this week became the fourth head coach in the storied history of Peninsula College men's soccer.

The Pirates, winners of three Northwest Athletic Conference championships and six West Division titles, will now be guided by Rodriguez, who brings significant soccer experience to the program.

“We are very pleased to have Cale in our Pirate family,” said Athletic Director Rick Ross. “We had a lot of interest in this position, 35 applicants from eight countries, and we liked Cale’s experience, his passion for soccer, and his fit for our college and for this community.”

PORT ANGELES – The nationally-ranked Peninsula College men’s soccer team, winners of three Northwest Athletic Conference championships in the last five years, will have a new head coach in 2015.

The College began a national search for a head coach this week, with a goal of filling the position by Feb. 1.

Head women’s soccer coach Kanyon Anderson and his staff helped the college through the transition following Andrew Chapman’s departure last July by coaching the men’s team this fall. He will return his focus to the women’s program, which is also nationally ranked and winners of two NWAC titles in five years of existence.

“We have a tremendous opportunity for someone to walk in to,” Director of Athletics Rick Ross said. “Coach Chapman and Coach Anderson built a world class college soccer program and took the NWAC by storm. We have every intention of continuing to grow that program and win more championships.”

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula Pirates were dealt some adversity this year, but the national men’s soccer powerhouse still emerged with one of its greatest seasons on record.

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College soccer teams are not only talented, but they’re smart.

For the third straight year, the Pirates have led all of the colleges in the Northwest Athletic Conference in the number of All-Academic Award winners.

Seven women and six men were named to the 2014 NWAC All-Academic Team for excellent academic performance. The award is limited to qualifying sophomore athletes.

Earning that honor this fall for the women’s team were Solana Ashe, Alyssa Bertuleit, Kasie Lough, Larkyn Nelson, Mary Pierce, Paxton Rodocker and Brooke Yoshimura.

All-Academic winners for the men were Dylan Clark, Kassio Monteiro, Daniel Moss, Victor Sanchez, Keevan Webb, and Aaron Zovolokin.

“The success of the soccer program over the years has allowed us to be selective in our recruiting,” said Kanyon Anderson, who served as head coach for both the women’s and men’s teams this year. “The whole experience is better when we bring in players who excel on the field, in the classroom and in the community.  And again this year, we were fortunate enough to bring in high character student athletes.”

“I am very proud of their success in the classroom,” he added. “I am looking forward to the offseason when we’ll be able to share these great people with the community.”

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College placed six women and five men on their respective West Division All-Star Teams, and Pirate head coach Kanyon Anderson was named West Division Co-Coach of the Year, as announced Tuesday by the Northwest Athletic Conference.

Winning All-Star spots for the West Division champion Peninsula women are Alyssa Bertuleit (sophomore, Sparks, NV) at forward; Paxton Rodocker (sophomore, Port Angeles), and Brittney Yoshimura (sophomore, Mililani, HI) at midfield; Kamryn Barney (sophomore, Snohomish, WA) at defender; and a sweep of the two keeper positions with Emily Flinn (sophomore, Forest Grove, OR) and Kasie Lough (sophomore, Roy, WA) both earning honors.

For the co-West Division champion men, All-Star winners included forwards Eddie Benito (freshman, Vista, CA) and Caio Maciel (sophomore, Salvador, Brazil); midfielders Kassio Monteiro (sophomore, Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Keevan Webb (sophomore, Victoria, B.C.); and defender Brodi Keefe (sophomore, Victoria, B.C.).

Anderson, who coached both the women and the men this year, was named West Division Men’s Coach of the Year, along with Jason Gjertsen of Tacoma.

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College men’s soccer team is a dynasty.

The Northwest Athletic Conference championship cup will be in another trophy case this year, but that doesn’t change how the Pirates have been the dominant force in the NWAC for the last five years.

In that five-year period, the Peninsula men have amassed an 88-7-13 record, they have won five West Division championships, three NWAC championships and have been both regionally and nationally ranked.

Their 2014 season ended in the NWAC quarterfinals in a heartbreaking 2-0 loss to top-ranked North Idaho College on a small, muddy field in Coeur d’Alene, but it wasn’t without the normal Pirate accolades. The Peninsula men went 10 straight games without a loss or tie, eventually finishing 13-2-4. They were ranked No. 1 for most of the year and had slipped to No. 4 following their only regular season loss and a couple of ties. They were also ranked in the top 10 nationally for most of the year.

“It was a fantastic group of players this year,” head coach Kanyon Anderson said. “The sophomores were good to each other and did a nice job of taking the freshmen under their wings. That bodes well for next year.”

The Pirates will graduate a very talented group of sophomores.

“Every single player in this group has the talent to move on to play at the next level,” Anderson said. “I hope they do. It’s a special thing to get to be a college athlete and to be part of a team.”
That list of sophomores includes Dylan Clark, Sam Gaisford, Chris Galea, Brodi Keefe, Caio Maciel, Hugo Marques, Kassio Monteiro, Steve Rodriguez, Victor Sanchez, Julio Soto, Keevan Webb and Aaron Zavolokin.

PORT ANGELES – The 2014 Northwest Athletic Conference men’s soccer championship may be played a week early in Coeur d’Alene.

Saturday’s NWAC Quarterfinal playoff matches the NWAC’s top-ranked North Idaho Cardinals against the Peninsula Pirates, the two-time defending NWAC champions who were No. 1 all season prior to falling to Highline on Oct. 22.

The two teams are mirror images of each other.

The Cardinals are 15-1-2, their only loss a 3-1 home setback to Walla Walla back on Oct. 11. NIC has scored 53 goals and given up 17.

The Pirates are 13-1-4, their only loss a 1-0 home defeat to Highline, which ended a two-year win streak and a five-year home win streak. The Pirates have scored 40 goals and allowed 14.

One difference between the two programs may be balance. North Idaho is led by Adam Talley of Newman Lake, WA, the NWAC’s leading scorer with 20 goals this season. The Pirates, meanwhile, have been scoring by committee, with Caio Maciel leading the way with 10 goals, Eddie Benito with seven, Chris Chertude with five, and Kassio Monteiro and Micah Weller with four each. Trevan Estrellado leads the Pirates in assists with five.

Saturday’s match kicks off at 12:30 on NIC’s grass field. North Idaho does not video stream its soccer matches, but Pirate fans can follow the Peninsula College men’s Facebook page for updates.

First Round Playoff: Pirates 3, Raiders 0

After winning their first 10 matches of 2014, the Pirates suffered one loss and four ties in their final seven, and then actually backed into a West Division championship when Tacoma managed to tie Highline, leaving the PC faithful wondering if the Pirate ship was taking on water.

News flash! The Pirates are just fine!

Head coach Kanyon Anderson and his staff were smiling after Wednesday’s 3-0 NWAC First Round Playoff victory over Pierce. Their team played like champions.

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College has qualified for the Northwest Athletic Conference soccer playoffs every year since 2004, so it was no surprise that the two-time defending champion Pirate women and men are once again in the thick of the 2014 playoff picture.

The NWAC’s third-ranked Pirate men (12-1-4) tied for the West Division championship with Highline and open the playoffs with a First Round match at home at 1:00 Wednesday against unranked Pierce (4-11-1), the third-place finishers in the South Division. The winner travels to face top-ranked North Idaho (15-1-2) in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Saturday.

The No. 1 Peninsula College women (17-1-2), who also tied with Highline for the West Division title, will host the winner of Wednesday’s First Round match at 1:00 on Sunday at Sigmar Field on the PC campus. That first round match pits Edmonds (12-5-2), the third place team in the North, against Treasure Valley (15-3-3), the second place team in the East, at Ontario, Oregon, on Wednesday.

“Our men have been outright West champions for four straight years, so this path presents them with some adversity, but the NWAC championship is going through North Idaho one way or another, so we’ll focus on Pierce Wednesday and then hopefully we’ll get a shot at NIC,” said Director of Athletics Rick Ross. “I’m just thrilled that things worked out to keep their string of West Division championships alive.”