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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.

MOUNT VERNON – The Pirate women return to the friendly confines of Sigmar Field to tackle Edmonds Tuesday in a rematch of the 2013 Northwest Athletic Conference championship. Both teams are then in action Wednesday, the women taking on Lower Columbia and the men hosting the Edmonds men at 2:00 and 4:00, also at Sigmar Field.

Both teams are coming off victories Saturday night at Skagit Valley. The women put together their NWAC-leading seventh shutout in eight games to beat the Cardinals 3-0, while the men remained unbeaten in 2014 with a 3-1 nod over Skagit Valley.

EVERETT – The Peninsula College men remained unbeaten, escaping Everett with a 2-1 win Wednesday, but the Pirate women saw a 20-game win streak come to an end with a 1-0 loss to the Trojans.

The PC women had not lost a match since Sept. 8, 2013 when they fell to University of the Fraser Valley 3-0, and it’s been two seasons since the Pirates lost to a community college, dating back to Oct. 6, 2012 when they dropped a 1-0 match at Walla Walla. The women, ranked sixth in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America Poll, have never lost at Sigmar Field since the facility was constructed in the fall of 2011.

The men’s victory leaves the Pirates atop the West Division with a 4-0 record and a 6-0 overall mark, followed closely by Highline at 3-0-1 and Bellevue at 3-3-0. Everett slipped to 0-3-1 in the North Division.

The women’s loss puts them in unfamiliar territory, trailing Highline in the West by one point. Highline, now the only unbeaten team in the Northwest Athletic Conference, is 4-0-1, while the Pirates fell to 4-1-0 (6-1-0 overall). Bellevue is third at 2-1-4. The victory catapulted Everett into a commanding lead in the North at 5-1-0.

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College women remained the only unbeaten and unscored-upon team in the Northwest Athletic Conference with a 4-0 victory over Shoreline and the men also remained unbeaten with a tense 3-1 win over the Dolphins before a large sun-drenched crowd on “Soccer Community Day” Saturday at Sigmar Field.

The nation’s eighth-ranked Pirate women improved to 6-0 overall, and 4-0 in conference play, while the men, ranked No. 12 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America Poll, pushed their record to 5-0 and 3-0.

PORT ANGELES - Saturday is “Community Soccer Day” at Peninsula College, as the Pirates host Shoreline in their only Saturday doubleheader of the season.

Players of all ages, youth soccer to high school, are invited to wear their team jerseys. Peninsula will offer free admission to the entire family of any player who arrives in a community soccer jersey.