PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College soccer fans have been starving for soccer since the season ended back in November, but they were treated to a feast, both on and off the field, at the fourth annual Rumble in the Rainforest Saturday at Sigmar Field.
The Pirate women and men each played two exhibition matches in a six-team event that featured outstanding food from the Pirate Cove Café, beverages from Next Door Gastropub, and soccer from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
“The fourth annual rumble in the rainforest was very successful,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “Congrats to Tim tucker and the Pirate soccer program for hosting a great day of exhibition soccer at Sigmar Field. Great food, great weather and a nice crowd throughout the day. It was a treat to see our outstanding sophomores one last time at home.”
It was also a big day for the home town players.
The Pirate women won both matches, beating Saint Martin’s University 1-0 on a goal by Ellie Small in the 10th minute. They then rallied to defeat Olympic Force, a semi-pro team out of Bremerton, 3-0. The first goal came from Sequim red-shirt freshman Leslie Cisneros in the 13th minute. The Pirates added insurance goals from Small just 10 minutes later, and then from Hoku Afong in the final five minutes of the match.
PORT ANGELES – The five-time defending region champion Peninsula Pirates, winners of two Northwest Athletic Conference championships, are reloading in a big way.
Head coach Kanyon Anderson and new assistant Dana De Vaughn, have already signed 11 players to a roster that is loaded with returning talent.
“This recruiting class strikes me as one of the most tenacious and cerebral groups we've ever brought in,” Anderson said. “We will be able to try a few new things tactically, and we will have the toughness to make sure that we are competitive, even when things aren't going our way.”
The NWAC North Region Coach of the Year said his 2016 recruiting class is very similar to one he had in 2011, calling them “tough, no non-sense, competitive, and strong. That group went on to win back to back division championships and an NWAC title. I think this recruiting class, paired with a wonderful returning core, will be very good. I am excited to coach them.”
PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College women’s soccer program has become a national college women’s soccer dynasty.
Since launching women’s soccer in 2010, the Pirates have made the NWAC playoffs every year, they have won five straight division championships and they have made five straight trips to the NWAC Final Four where they won two championships, placed second twice and in 2015 had to settle for a third after a thrilling and heartbreaking 2-1 setback in the semifinal.
The Pirates closed out 2015 with a 20-2-0 record. They led the NWAC in goals with 87 and allowed only eight, also best in the conference.