Peninsula College and Port Angeles Youth Soccer will host the second of two summer soccer camps Aug. 4-8 at Sigmar Field. Children ages 6-7 will go from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and children 8-14 will train from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry fee is $35 for the 6-7 children and $99 for those 8-14. Register on line at www.paysc.com
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PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College Director of Soccer and Head Men’s Soccer Coach Andrew Chapman is stepping out of coaching for a year.
On the heels of back-to-back Northwest Athletic Conference championships, the NWAC’s senior men’s soccer coach, who started his career at Peninsula in 2003, is taking a year off to pursue a professional development opportunity at Custom College Recruiting in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
Peninsula has named Kanyon Anderson to serve as head coach for both teams this fall, said Director of Athletics Rick Ross. Anderson started his career as an assistant men’s coach in 2005 and was named women’s head coach in 2010.
PORT ANGELES – The two-time defending NWAACC champion Peninsula College women’s soccer team is reloading for 2014 with a list of 14 talented recruits representing five states.
“We have some incredible talent coming in for 2014,” head coach Kanyon Anderson said. “I think what defines this particular recruiting class is versatility, coachability and maturity. Each player can play a variety of positions, they are willing to work hard, and they all approach school, life and soccer in a way that should make them great additions to the soccer program and to the community.”
Anderson is racking up land and air miles on the recruiting path this spring in hopes of landing the caliber of talent that, combined with his returners, can compete for a third NWAACC title.
“Coach Anderson’s immediate and sustained success in collegiate women’s soccer has elevated our program to one of the best in the nation,” Director of Athletics Rick Ross said. “He works harder than most other coaches in the NWAACC and he’s also in a position where he can recruit for talent, physical ability, academics and character. He’s got a good thing going on here.”
The Pirates are graduating one of the most outstanding sophomore classes to ever play in the NWAACC, but Anderson remains confident about his future.
“Although we lose a lot in the way of graduating players, the cupboard is far from bare with a deep and talented returning class,” he said. “By adding the class of 2014, I think another championship run is possible.”
That championship run began with winter and spring training, it continued with a successful spring recruiting campaign, and it will play out in August when the Pirates kick off their 2014 season.
PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College soccer program has become a “Pirate Pipeline” to high level national university soccer.
A crowd of soccer players, coaches and parents filled the College’s Cornaby Center annex Wednesday, National Letter of Intent Day, officially signing letters committing to colleges and universities from Alaska to Alabama and from Texas to Connecticut.
“It’s a credit to our coaching staff, to the hard work of our student athletes, and to all those who support them here at Peninsula and in our community,” Director of Athletics Rick Ross said. “Director of Soccer and Head Men’s Soccer Coach Andrew Chapman, Head Women’s Soccer Coach Kanyon Anderson, and their staffs do a terrific job preparing their players to play at the university level. That’s one of the reasons they are so successful recruiting talented players. It’s no secret that our graduates are having tremendous success at the next level.”
It’s also no surprise that two teams that each won back-to-back championships in Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges soccer play, and two teams that are nationally ranked, would produce players physically and academically capable of playing on.
Headlining the list of signees for the women’s team are Bri Afoa, Annie Armstrong, Shelbi Vienna-Hallam and Deidra Woodward.
Afoa, of Kapolei, HI, will play her next season at Division I Eastern Washington University in Cheney. She was the NWAACC Baden Player of the Year in 2012, the West Region Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013, the NWAACC Tournament MVP in 2012 and an NWAACC All-Star in 2012 and 2013.
“Bri leaves here with her name everywhere in our record books,” Anderson said. “I suspect she will have that same kind of legacy at Eastern Washington.”
Armstrong, of Olympia, landed a scholarship at Division I Louisiana Tech University, located just east of Shreveport. The midfielder and team captain was an NWAACC All-Academic winner and an NWAACC All-Star in 2013.
“Annie is the best defensive midfielder in the league in my opinion,” Anderson said. “Her toughness and ball winning ability make her a special player.“