Women's Soccer

2013 NWAACC Champions, Nationally Ranked

PIRATE NEWS

Cale Rodriguez, Kanyon Anderson

PORT ANGELES – The Northwest Athletic Conference championship soccer traveling trophies are hauntingly absent from the Peninsula College trophy case this fall – and that’s not sitting well with Peninsula Pirate players, coaches and fans.

The Pirate men and women, who combined to win five NWAC soccer titles from 2010-2013, will begin their quest to return those trophies to the PC campus when they take the field at the 2015 NWAC Friendlies Saturday in Springfield, Oregon.

The PC women, ranked No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I Junior College Soccer Poll, opens its 2015 campaign against Treasure Valley, a team Peninsula defeated in a thrilling NWAC First Round playoff match last November. That game kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday on Field 4 of the Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation in Springfield. The Pirates then play Columbia Basin at 8 a.m. Sunday on Field 3, and close out the weekend against Grays Harbor at 4 p.m. Sunday on Field 2.

The Pirate men, meanwhile, open a new era in men’s soccer under new head coach Cale Rodriguez, who comes to Peninsula College after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Redlands and at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The Pirates are unranked in the NSCAA preseason poll, but hope to jump back into the National rankings with a strong start in 2015 – and they’ll be tested early. It all begins Saturday when the PC men take on Walla Walla, the 2014 East Division runner-up, at 11 a.m. on Field 2. Then on Sunday, the Pirate men take on defending NWAC champion Highline at noon on Field 4.

PORT ANGELES – Hundreds of soccer fans from all over Western Washington not only enjoyed five hotly contested soccer matches, but they were treated to great food, beverages and sunny weather at the fourth annual Rumble in the Rainforest Saturday at Sigmar Field on the Peninsula College campus.

The event, a fund-raiser for athletic scholarships, netted $5,000.

“This community continues to astonish me with their support of our athletic programs,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “Our staff, led by Tim Tucker, put on a great show, with two professional teams and four college teams, and our fans and our sponsors came up big once again. I’m convinced that the five NWAC championships and nine division titles we’ve won in soccer alone over the past five years just wouldn’t have happened without that support.”

The five exhibition soccer matches were all close. The day opened with the Peninsula College men defeating the Olympic Force, a professional team that plays in the Evergreen Premiere League, 2-1. The two Pirate goals came from Victor Sanchez and Kassio Monteiro.

PORT ANGELES - Be prepared to “rumble” and cheer on some of the best soccer teams in the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, April 25, when Peninsula College hosts the Rumble in the Rainforest Soccer Exhibition Extravaganza at Sigmar Field in Port Angeles. The Rumble benefits the Peninsula College Athletic Program, and helps to raise money to support athletic scholarships.

Events will kick off at 10 am on Sigmar Field with a match between the men of Olympic Force vs. Peninsula College. This will be followed at 11:20 by an exhibition match between the men of Saint Martin’s College and the Kitsap Pumas. At 12:40, the women of Saint Martin’s and Peninsula College will meet.

Men’s soccer dominates the rest of the day, continuing at 2:30 pm when the Peninsula College men’s team goes up against the Kitsap Pumas. At 3:50 pm, the Olympic Force will face off against St. Martin’s College.

In addition to world class soccer games, there will be other free events on campus. Soccer fans and car lovers are invited to visit a car show, hosted by the Peninsula College Auto Shop, Ruddell Automall, Price Ford and Wilder Auto. For children, there will be a special Kids’ Zone, featuring a bouncy house, sponsored Storm King Soccer.

Visitors and famished spectators are invited to try out some great food and drink options from Next Door Gastropub and the Pirate Cove Café, available at the field. 

Admission: 6-U free; 7 – 17$5 ($2.50 if in Academy or local club soccer jersey); 18 and older $10; Seniors & current Military $5; Family of 5 or more $30.