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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.

Cale Rodriguez, Kanyon Anderson

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.”

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.

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