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Jose Serna

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College women’s soccer team broke two records and claimed their seventh straight league title Saturday with four matches still remaining, while the Pirate men remained in the hunt for the men’s North Region crown with a pair of home wins over Shoreline.

The Pirate women, ranked No. 1 in the NWAC and No. 8 among the country’s junior colleges, improved to 11-0 in North Region play and 14-0 overall, with a decisive 15-0 win over a shorthanded Dolphin team. That win extended Peninsula’s unbeaten streak to 32 matches, the longest in the nation for women’s junior college soccer.

The Pirate women also broke two scoring records. Sydney Warren, the NWAC’s leading scorer, racked up four goals to break the all-time single season scoring record, previously held by Bri Afoa with 23 goals. Warren now has 25. Teammate Jordyn DiCintio also now owns Peninsula’s career and single-season assist record. She too is an NWAC leader in that category with 23, as she tied Bronte Fitzsimons’ Pirate record of 23 assists from 2013, also a single season and career record.

The Pirates became only the second team in Pirate women’s soccer history to score more than 100 goals in a season. They lead the NWAC with 113. With four league matches remaining, plus the playoffs, the Pirates are on pace to shatter their own team record of 114 and possibly surpass the NWAC single season scoring record of 129 set by Walla Walla in 2007 in 24 matches. Peninsula is averaging eight goals a match. They have given up only five goals this season and only one in league play, that one coming against the Pirate reserves.

The big news came, however, when Pirate fans learned that Skagit Valley upset second-place Whatcom 2-0 Saturday, and that loss, combined with the Pirates’ win, clinched Peninsula’s seventh straight division crown.

PC vs Shoreline

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula Pirates, the most dominant community college soccer program in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, open the final round of North Region play at home on Saturday against Shoreline.

Coming off a sweep at Edmonds Wednesday night, the Peninsula women and men are not only in a position to defend their respective North Region titles, but also to offer a legitimate challenge to win Northwest Athletic Conference championships.

“We are playing a fast, generous style of soccer,” women’s head coach Kanyon Anderson said of his Pirates. “Our players seem to understand and embrace their roles. We are getting contributions from everyone and we’re having fun.”

It’s a good thing the Pirates are having fun, because the teams they’re playing in the North may not be. The top-ranked NWAC program, ranked No. 8 in the latest United Soccer Coaches national junior college poll, is 10-0 in North Region play, 13-0 overall, and riding a 31-game unbeaten streak, which is the longest amongst the nation’s junior college women’s soccer teams. Peninsula has outscored its’ region opponents 82-1, and leads the NWAC with 98 goals on the season, allowing just five. Second-ranked Highline is second in goals scored with 60.

The Pirates need just two more wins with five matches remaining to clinch their seventh straight region title.

The men’s team, under first-year head coach Jake Hughes, is in a slightly different position entering the final round of league play. The Pirates, who returned just five players from a team that won Peninsula’s eighth straight region title last fall, is ranked fourth in the NWAC and sitting in second place in the North. They will need to win out, and will need help to win the division, as top-ranked Whatcom leads the division by four points. The PC men are 6-0-4 in North play and 8-1-4 overall. They lead the NWAC in scoring with 46 goals, but they’ve allowed 18.

“We’re continuing to grow and reach our potential,” Hughes said. “We’ve battled through sickness and injuries. We’re almost at full strength for our last round. Our goal is to improve the physiological part of the game and prepare for the next game.”

The Pirates, who played their last three matches on the road, return to Sigmar Field Saturday to tackle Shoreline. The women kick off at noon and the men follow at 2 p.m.

Joey Hollimon

TUKWILA - It was a big opening day for the Pirates.

Jake Hughes earned his first win as a college head coach and a very young Peninsula College men's soccer team persevered against a talented and hard-hitting Tacoma team, scoring three second-half goals to defeat the defending NWAC champion Titans 4-2.

TCC scored first, putting one on the scoreboard in the 11th minute, but the Pirates answered 10 minutes later on a goal by Cesar Gervacio, assisted by Adrian Benetiz - and that deadlock stood through halftime.

The Titans caught the Pirates off guard, scoring in the first minute of the second half, but again the Pirates came up with the equalizer, this time when Benetiz found freshman Sterling Penniston-John on the near post for a header 51 minutes into the match.

With a nice crowd gathered to watch these two NWAC men's soccer powers do battle, the PC men stepped up in the final 13 minutes, scoring two goals to put the win in the books. Juan Carrillo-Perez scored unassisted for the go-ahead goal and teammate Gervacio came up with his second goal of the match, a nice header in traffice off a corner kick from Benetiz, who logged a hat trick in the assist column.

Freshman keeper Darius Ochoa played brilliantly in goal for the Pirates, recording save after save down the stretch to preserve the win. Sergio Gonzalez Reyes also had a big match for the Pirates, who will get a few hours of sleep before returning to Starfire Friday morning to tackle defending East champion Spokane.