Women's Soccer


Rumble in the Rain Forest

PORT ANGELES – The Seattle Stars, Western Oregon University and The Evergreen State College will join the Peninsula Pirates for a full day of spring exhibition soccer at the annual Rumble in the Rainforest, set for April 28 at Peninsula College.
The Rumble, sponsored by High Energy Metals and Drake’s Pizza, will provide a very good test for Peninsula’s returning freshmen, as well as all of the sophomores who will be playing at the next level in 2018-19.

“We are excited to compete against the high level players who will be here representing the Seattle Stars, Western Oregon, and Evergreen,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “Coach Anderson and Coach Hughes have put together a great tournament. Soccer fans of all ages will enjoy these matches.”

The Seattle Stars Football Club is an adult amateur elite club based out of King County. Founded in 2011, the Stars play in the Evergreen Premier Soccer League.

Western Oregon, a Division II university located in Monmouth, Oregon, is bringing its women’s team to the Rumble this year. The Wolves, who last fall were led by former Pirate Kai Mahuka, a senior defender named All-GNAC honorable mention, play in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. WOU finished sixth in that nine-team conference in 2017.

The Evergreen State College men fill out the Rumble’s guest roster. The Geoducks, an NAIA program, went 7-5-5 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play, completing their fourth straight season with a winning record.

The host Pirates, meanwhile, are coming off another outstanding showing in the Northwest Athletic Conference.

The smallest community college in Washington State climbed to No. 4 in the national junior college women’s soccer rankings and went unbeaten, winning 20 straight matches, before falling in overtime in the NWAC championship to claim second place. Along the way, the Pirate women won their seventh straight league championship.

The Peninsula men, meanwhile, winners of nine of the last 11 league titles, went 12-3-4 overall in 2017, placing second in the North Region, and bowing out in the first round of the playoffs. At one time, the Pirates were ranked No. 10 in the nation, but untimely injuries impacted their post season for the second straight year.

Maddy Parton

BELLINGHAM – Two Northwest college soccer powerhouses, the 2016 national champion Western Washington University Vikings, and the 2016 Northwest Athletic Conference champion Peninsula Pirates, met for a spring scrimmage at Harrington Field Sunday where the Pirates did something few teams have done in recent years - they beat the Vikes.

Western is one of the top NCAA Division II women’s soccer teams in the country. They won a national title in 2016 and in the process, put together a two-year, 39-game winning streak, the fourth longest win streak in NCAA Division II history. It ended in October, but the Vikings went on to a sixth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.

The Pirates, meanwhile, went unbeaten this past fall, before falling in overtime in the NWAC championship match in November. They were ranked No. 4 in the nation among junior colleges at the time.

“It was an honor that Western invited Kanyon and his team up for a friendly,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “It speaks to how highly regarded our soccer program has become. To be fair, it wasn’t a regular season match and the Vikings beat the University of British Columbia 2-1 in a scrimmage that preceded our match on Sunday afternoon, but they have a large and talented roster (30 players) and it was a great test for our Pirates.”

Peninsula sophomore Malia Brudvik of Auburn opened the scoring when she squared up on a ball that was 30 yards out and blasted it threw the outstretched hands of WWU goal keeper Hillary O’Connor of Los Angeles, and just under the crossbar for a 1-0 Pirate lead just 10 minutes into the match.

The Pirates then went up 2-0 with 26 minutes remaining in the first half. Janis Martinez-Ortiz put a corner kick on goal, the ball was knocked away by O’Connor, but Pirate Samantha Guzman, a red-shirt freshman from Corona, California, went high in the air to boot it past three Viking defenders and into the WWU net.

Western’s best opportunity to score came with a minute to play in the first half when Talia Daigle, a freshman from Edmonds, slipped into the left side of the box and took a shot at close range, but Peninsula’s freshman keeper Kassidy Zinda laid out for the ball and knocked it wide to preserve the shutout.

The two teams played scoreless through a chilly second half under the lights at Harrington Field and the Pirates emerged with a 2-0 victory.

Head coach Kanyon Anderson and his staff were not only pleased with the opportunity to scrimmage the Vikings, but they were happy with the outcome.

“Western had more possession and we had to stay patient and organized in defense which we did,” Anderson said. “That is not something we get to practice often during the season, so to play a completely different style successfully says a lot about this group's maturity.”

Anderson also praised the play of his defense, who helped Zinda earn the shutout.

“Our defenders were great. Sam Guzman and Halle Watson kept us organized, Mailia Brudvik, Emelie Small and Pi'ilani Chaves were great at the outside back, and Sarah Reiber covered a lot of ground and made big plays all game at defensive midfield,” he said.