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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.

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College soccer players and fans are bracing themselves for the biggest day of the 2014 season.

The Pirate women and men tackle Highline at 1:00 and 3:00 Wednesday in matches that will not only determine who wins the West Division, but ultimately who has the best path to the Northwest Athletic Conference Final Four.

“If you’re even a casual soccer fan, you need to get time off work, arrange sitting, whatever you need to do to be here,” said Director of Athletics Rick Ross. “It will be a showcase of great college soccer.”

The women’s match features the two-time defending NWAC champion Pirates, who are currently ranked No. 1 in the NWAC and No. 6 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s latest Division I Junior College Poll. The Peninsula women are 13-1-0 in West Division play and 15-1-0 overall. They trail Highline by one point in the West, partly due to playing one less match than the Thunderbirds. The T-birds are 13-1-1 in the West and 15-1-1 overall, and are tied with Everet for the No. 2 ranking in the NWAC. Highline’s only loss was a 2-0 home setback to the Pirates. The PC women’s only loss was a 1-0 match at Everett.

PORT ANGELES – Following a second straight tie, clearly the sky is falling and the world is crumbling around the Peninsula College men’s soccer team.

Or is it?

Peninsula remains atop the West Division by three points, with three matches remaining, in their quest for a sixth straight West championship; the Pirates remain atop the Northwest Athletic Conference Alaska Airlines Coaches Poll as the only unbeaten team in the NWAC in their quest for a third straight NWAC championship; and the PC men are currently ranked No. 8 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I Junior College Poll.

Despite all of that, the mood as the Pirate faithful exited Sigmar Field Tuesday following a 0-0 tie with Bellevue was sober. Peninsula had outshot the West Division’s third-place Bulldogs 16-5 and managed to hit every post, crossbar, and backstop, not to mention seven outstanding saves by BC keeper Daniel Faundez, without scoring a goal.

It was also a match that took a physical toll on the Pirates. Peninsula trainer Margie Bowlby was the busiest player on the team, treating a number of Pirates and Bulldogs throughout a brutal 90 minutes that saw three key Pirates knocked out of the game. Starting keeper Aaron Zavolokin went down with a shoulder injury, Kassio Monteiro was treated at Olympic Medical Center for a bloody facial cut, and Julio Soto suffered a foot injury.

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates are winding down their 2014 season and the ultimate prize, a third straight Northwest Athletic Conference championship, is still very much in sight for both the women and men.

The Peninsula women lead the West Division with a 12-1-0 record for 36 points, trailed by Highline at 11-1-1 for 34 points and Bellevue at 4-4-5 with 17. With just five matches remaining, the Pirates will try to sew up another West title, starting with Wednesday’s road trip to Lower Columbia and keying on their Oct. 22 home date with Highline.

The men also lead the West with an 8-0-1 record for 25 points. Highline is right behind at 7-1-2 for 23 points and Bellevue is a distant third at 4-5-0 for 12. The Pirates host Bellevue Tuesday for a make-up match at 2:15. The men then travel to Clark for a non-conference match against the third-ranked Penguins Saturday before hosting Highline for what may be the conference championship match on Oct. 22.

The Pirate women and men are both ranked No. 1 in the NWAC Alaska Airlines Poll. The women are ranked No. 7 and the men No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Junior College Division I Poll.

PORT ANGELES – The nationally-ranked Peninsula College Pirates continue to dominate the defensive side of the pitch, earning two more shutouts in front of a sun-drenched crowd at Sigmar Field Wednesday.

The Pirate women recorded their Northwest Athletic Conference-leading 13th shutout with a 5-0 win over the Olympic Rangers, while the men followed with their fourth shutout of 2014 with a 3-0 nod over the Bremerton club.

The win leaves the Peninsula women atop the West Division with an 11-1 record (13-1 overall). They are ranked No. 7 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s latest Division I Junior College Poll and No. 1 in the NWAC Alaska Airlines Poll.

The Pirate men also lead the West Division with an 8-0 record (10-0 overall). The men are ranked No. 9 in the latest NSCAA Poll and also hold the No. 1 ranking in the NWAC Poll.

Next up for the Pirates is a trip to Tacoma on Saturday. The PC men then return home for a 2:15 p.m. make-up match against Bellevue on Tuesday.

PORT ANGELES – All is right again in the Pirate soccer world.

The Peninsula College women and men are both leading the West Division and both are ranked No. 1 in the Northwest Athletic Conference, going into Wednesday’s home doubleheader against Olympic.

The women picked up a pair of wins over the weekend to improve to 12-1-0 on the season and 10-1-0 in West Division play, leading that conference with 30 points. Highline is second with 28 and Bellevue a distant third with 17.

The Pirates, ranked No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I Junior College Poll, currently lead the NWAC in shutouts with 12, and in goals allowed with a remarkable one goal in 13 matches. They are third in the NWAC in goals scored with 47, trailing Highline with 64 and Spokane with 51.

The PC men are the only unbeaten and untied team in the NWAC, leading the west with 21 points with a 9-0-0 overall record and a 7-0-0 conference mark. Highline is four points behind with 21 and Bellevue further back with 12. They were scheduled to play Bellevue at home Friday, but the Bulldogs ran into a Washington State Ferry breakdown and the match was postponed to 2:15 on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

The Pirate men, ranked No. 9 in the NSCAA Poll, are sixth in the NWAC in scoring with 23 goals, third in goals allowed with six and ninth in shutouts with three.

TUKWILA – The Pirate ship remained on course for a pair of West Division championships Monday following their first major battle.

The Northwest Athletic Conference’s top-ranked Peninsula men remained unbeaten with a thrilling 2-1 win over sixth-ranked Highline, and the No. 3 Peninsula women dropped top-ranked and previously unbeaten Highline 2-0. Both matches were played at Starfire Stadium, the site of the NWAC Championships, where the Pirate men and women have each won back-to-back titles.

The PC men improved to 9-0 on the season and 7-0 in conference play and lead the West Division with 21 points, followed by Highline at 5-1-2 with 17 points and Bellevue at 4-4-0 with 12. The Pirates and North Idaho remain the only unbeaten teams in NWAC soccer. NIC is 8-0-1 on the season and 6-0-1 in East Division play in their first year in the NWAC after departing the National Junior College Athletic Association last year.

The PC women, meanwhile, continued their defensive dominance with their tenth shutout in 11 matches. The Pirates have allowed only one goal in 2014, and that score resulted in their only loss. Peninsula improved to 10-1-0 overall and 8-1-0 in conference play and still trails Highline with 24 points. The T-birds, who have played one more game than the Pirates, are 10-1-1 overall and 8-1-1 in league play and remain atop the division with 25 points. Bellevue, at 4-2-6 and 3-2-5, is third with 14 points.

The Pirates see their next action Friday when the women travel to play the Bulldogs at 2:00 at Starfire and the PC men host the ‘Dogs at 4:00 at Sigmar Field.

Both Pirate teams remain ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Junior College Division I Poll, the women No. 8 and the men No. 13.

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