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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.”

EAST BREMERTON – It was “Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road” for the Olympic Rangers Friday where the Peninsula College women claimed no less than a share of their fourth straight West Division championship with a 6-0 win over the Rangers, and the Pirate men, guaranteed at least a second-place finish in the West, also defeated the hosts 5-2 in a Halloween soccer doubleheader at Gordon Park Field.

The Northwest Athletic Conference’s top-ranked Pirate women were truly scary, recording their 18th shutout in 20 matches this season to claim one of four No. 1 seeds into the 2014 NWAC soccer playoffs. Peninsula will host the winner of a first-round playoff between Treasure Valley College and either Edmonds or Shoreline, at Sigmar Field on Nov. 8. The winner of that quarterfinal playoff will go to the NWAC Final Four, set for Nov. 15-16 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila where the Pirates have won two straight NWAC championships.

Peninsula wrapped up its regular season with a 17-1-2 overall record, 15-1-2 in the West. It is likely they will share the West title with Highline, but the Pirates have a tiebreaker advantage over the T-birds.

The Peninsula men, meanwhile, who slipped to No. 3 in the latest NWAC Alaska Airlines Poll, are likely to finish second in the West, pending the outcome of Saturday’s Highline vs. Tacoma match. The second-place finisher hosts Pierce, the third-place team from the South Division, for a first-round playoff on Wednesday. The winner of that match would then travel to meet the top finisher in the East, North Idaho. Should Tacoma upset Highline Saturday, the Pirates would be home for a second-round match on Nov. 8.

The entire NWAC playoff picture, including match times and locations, will be posted on the NWAC web site on Monday.

PORT ANGELES – The Pirate women dismantled Grays Harbor 8-0 in a West Division match and the men tied Trinity Lutheran in a non-conference match on Sophomore Day at Sigmar Field Wednesday.

The day opened with the Pirates recognizing 13 sophomores playing their final regular season match at a field where they have never lost. That group included Solana Ashe, Kamryn Barney, Laura Barrett, Kayla Bell, Alyssa Bertuleit, Emily Flinn, Kasie Lough, Larkyn Nelson, Mary Pierce, Katelyn Raatz, Paxton Rodocker, Brittney Yoshimura and Brooke Yoshimura.

The win left the Pirates in a tie with Highline at 14-1-2 in conference play with one match remaining.

The PC women managed only two first-half goals, those from Solana Ashe and Kayla Bell, but the flood gates opened in the second half, as they put it out of reach on goals by Rebecca Tafte, Taylor Berg, Tasha Inong, C.J. Stetser and two from Paige Mahuka.

PORT ANGELES – The defending Northwest Athletic Conference champion Pirates are in the final week of their 2014 regular season with playoff matchups beginning to take shape.

The Pirates will honor 28 sophomores Wednesday on “Sophomore Day,” which marks the final regular season home match for 14 women and 14 men. The Pirate women tackle Grays Harbor at 1:00 in a West Division match-up, while the men follow against Trinity Lutheran in a non-conference game at 3:00.

Following a pair of 1-1 ties against Bellevue Saturday, the Pirate women are in a position to defend their West Division championship with wins against Grays Harbor at home Wednesday and Olympic at Bremerton Saturday.

The Pirate men need a Highline loss at Tacoma Saturday, and a win at Olympic, to defend their West title. Otherwise, they will finish second this year, relinquishing the title they’ve held every year since 2008.

The NWAC playoffs get under way Nov. 5. The Final Four is set for Nov. 15-16 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

PORT ANGELES – Wednesday’s West Division showdown between Northwest Athletic Conference powers Peninsula College and Highline lived up to its billing, with two hard-fought matches at a rainy Sigmar Field, but it was the visiting Thunderbirds who spoiled the Pirate party, escaping with a 0-0 tie in the women’s match and a 1-0 victory in the men’s contest.

The Peninsula women remain in the driver’s seat for their third straight West Division championship, while the men will need some help to capture what would have been their sixth straight West title had they prevailed on Wednesday.

Pirate coaches, players and fans were stunned when the final whistle sounded in the men’s match, which broke two streaks. It was their first loss in two seasons, and it was their first loss at Sigmar Field since it was opened in the fall of 2011.

Both PC teams, however, are very much alive in their quest to win three straight NWAC soccer championships.

The Pirate women are 13-1-1 in conference play, which gives them 40 points with three matches remaining. Should they win out against fourth-place Bellevue at home Saturday, last-place Grays Harbor at home Wednesday and sixth-place Olympic at Bremerton on Nov. 1, they would finish with 49 points. The Highline women currently have 41 points, with a 13-1-2 record, but only have two matches remaining. Should they win out against Lower Columbia and Tacoma, they would finish in second place with 47 points.

The Pirate men, meanwhile, fell to 8-1-2 in conference play, and now trail 9-1-2 Highline by three points, 29-26. The Pirates and T-birds each have two matches remaining, but Highline has a tiebreaker advantage over Peninsula, so it would take a tie and a loss or two losses for the PC men to catch their rivals from Des Moines.