TUKWILA – The Pirate men and women outscored their opponents 14-2 and won all four matches at the 48-team Northwest Athletic Conference Friendlies Tournament Tuesday and Wednesday, playing against some of the strongest teams in the conference.
“This was a great result against four good opponents,” head men’s and women’s coach Kanyon Anderson said. “The teams are happy and enjoying the start of their season.”
Women: Pirates 1, Spokane 0
The Pirate women were coming off a surprising 4-0 win over defending South Division champion Clackamas Tuesday when they took the field against Spokane, a team that placed second in the East last year. It was Spokane’s third straight match. The Sasquatch defeated Shoreline 3-1 on Monday, and then shut out Southwest Oregon 4-0 Tuesday before facing the Pirates Wednesday.
TUKWILA – The nationally-ranked Peninsula College Pirates opened their 2014 season right where they left off – winning at Starfire.
The two-time defending Northwest Athletic Conference women shut out defending South Division champion Clackamas 4-0 Tuesday morning at the Starfire Sports Complex and two hours later, their counterparts, also two-time defending NWAC champs, dismantled perennial South Division power Chemeketa 5-1 in the men’s match.
The season opener marked the debut of Kanyon Anderson as head coach of the men’s team. Anderson, who has won four division titles and two NWAC titles in his four years as the head coach for the Pirate women, accepted the responsibility of coaching both programs this year.
“Coaching two games was a lot of fun,” Anderson said. “I get the opportunity to enjoy the game twice. We run a soccer program here, rather than separate teams, so the philosophies and expectations are the same.”
And on opening day, the outcome was also the same. A pair of decisive victories.
PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College soccer program made history in 2013, and they hope to write the next chapter of that Northwest Athletic Conference history book when the 2014 season opens Tuesday with two teams united under one concept - and one head coach.
The players wear practice gear with a motto on their shoulders that reads: “strength through unity.”
The 2014 Pirates will be unified in their goal to win another championship - and both teams will be playing under the direction of head coach Kanyon Anderson, following the departure of men’s head coach Andrew Chapman in July.
“I wouldn’t have taken the position if I didn’t have a lot of support from my coaching staff,” Anderson said. “They know the system and know what is needed to be successful.”
That coaching staff includes Tim Tucker, Omar Anderson and Amanda Anderson, Kanyon’s wife. All of them are veterans of the Pirate soccer program and all have contributed to five NWAC championships and seven West Division titles, between the men’s and women’s teams, in the last four years.
“Both teams have the NWAC title as their goal,” Anderson said. “That is never easy and I think both teams are doing a good job of approaching it day by day.”
The Pirates, who last fall became the first college in NWAC history to win men’s and women’s back-to-back soccer titles, open their season at The NWAC Friendlies, a 48-team tournament Tuesday and Wednesday at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The women open against perennial South Division power Clackamas at 10:30 on Tuesday and the men then play 2011 NWAC champion Chemeketa at 2:30. On Wednesday, the PC women and men play perennial playoff contender Spokane in both games, at 10:30 and 12:30.