PORT ANGELES – Cale Rodriguez of Redlands, California this week became the fourth head coach in the storied history of Peninsula College men's soccer.
The Pirates, winners of three Northwest Athletic Conference championships and six West Division titles, will now be guided by Rodriguez, who brings significant soccer experience to the program.
“We are very pleased to have Cale in our Pirate family,” said Athletic Director Rick Ross. “We had a lot of interest in this position, 35 applicants from eight countries, and we liked Cale’s experience, his passion for soccer, and his fit for our college and for this community.”
PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College soccer teams are not only talented, but they’re smart.
For the third straight year, the Pirates have led all of the colleges in the Northwest Athletic Conference in the number of All-Academic Award winners.
Seven women and six men were named to the 2014 NWAC All-Academic Team for excellent academic performance. The award is limited to qualifying sophomore athletes.
Earning that honor this fall for the women’s team were Solana Ashe, Alyssa Bertuleit, Kasie Lough, Larkyn Nelson, Mary Pierce, Paxton Rodocker and Brooke Yoshimura.
All-Academic winners for the men were Dylan Clark, Kassio Monteiro, Daniel Moss, Victor Sanchez, Keevan Webb, and Aaron Zovolokin.
“The success of the soccer program over the years has allowed us to be selective in our recruiting,” said Kanyon Anderson, who served as head coach for both the women’s and men’s teams this year. “The whole experience is better when we bring in players who excel on the field, in the classroom and in the community. And again this year, we were fortunate enough to bring in high character student athletes.”
“I am very proud of their success in the classroom,” he added. “I am looking forward to the offseason when we’ll be able to share these great people with the community.”
PORT ANGELES – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America recognized the Peninsula College women as one of the most dominant teams in the country, ranking them No. 4 in Junior College Division I National Poll.
The Pirates finished the 2014 season ranked No. 1 in the NWAC, falling just one win short of a third straight NWAC crown.
The Peninsula women won their fourth straight West Division championship and battled their way into their fourth straight NWAC championship match before falling to Everett in a thrilling 1-0 final.
The Pirates, who won the NWAC title in 2012 and 2013, had to settle for second place in 2014, but their list of accomplishments remains astonishing.
“Congratulations to the players, coaches and fans for another unbelievable season,” said Director of Athletics Rick Ross. “Coach Anderson and his staff have established a program that is truly a national soccer powerhouse. It was heartbreaking for our sophomores that they weren’t able to add another championship trophy to the case, but I fully expect they’ll all be moving on to play at the next level, while our freshmen will go to work in the offseason, and our coaches will hit the recruiting trail, to win that trophy back.”
Peninsula’s No. 4 national ranking is the highest for any sports team in the College’s history. The four straight NWAC West Division titles and four straight championship appearances arguably qualifies the Pirates as an official women’s soccer dynasty.
Their record of 19-2-2 is only the third best in the program’s five-year history, but 19 shutouts was a Peninsula College soccer record, and the Pirates also allowed the fewest goals in school history, giving up only four in 23 matches, while scoring 80.
The Pirates landed six players on the NWAC All-Star Team and, for the third straight year, combined with the men’s team to lead the NWAC in All-Academic Award winners with 13.