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Rumble in the Rain Forest

PORT ANGELES – The Seattle Stars, Western Oregon University and The Evergreen State College will join the Peninsula Pirates for a full day of spring exhibition soccer at the annual Rumble in the Rainforest, set for April 28 at Peninsula College.
The Rumble, sponsored by High Energy Metals and Drake’s Pizza, will provide a very good test for Peninsula’s returning freshmen, as well as all of the sophomores who will be playing at the next level in 2018-19.

“We are excited to compete against the high level players who will be here representing the Seattle Stars, Western Oregon, and Evergreen,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “Coach Anderson and Coach Hughes have put together a great tournament. Soccer fans of all ages will enjoy these matches.”

The Seattle Stars Football Club is an adult amateur elite club based out of King County. Founded in 2011, the Stars play in the Evergreen Premier Soccer League.

Western Oregon, a Division II university located in Monmouth, Oregon, is bringing its women’s team to the Rumble this year. The Wolves, who last fall were led by former Pirate Kai Mahuka, a senior defender named All-GNAC honorable mention, play in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. WOU finished sixth in that nine-team conference in 2017.

The Evergreen State College men fill out the Rumble’s guest roster. The Geoducks, an NAIA program, went 7-5-5 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play, completing their fourth straight season with a winning record.

The host Pirates, meanwhile, are coming off another outstanding showing in the Northwest Athletic Conference.

The smallest community college in Washington State climbed to No. 4 in the national junior college women’s soccer rankings and went unbeaten, winning 20 straight matches, before falling in overtime in the NWAC championship to claim second place. Along the way, the Pirate women won their seventh straight league championship.

The Peninsula men, meanwhile, winners of nine of the last 11 league titles, went 12-3-4 overall in 2017, placing second in the North Region, and bowing out in the first round of the playoffs. At one time, the Pirates were ranked No. 10 in the nation, but untimely injuries impacted their post season for the second straight year.

Maddy Parton

BELLINGHAM – Two Northwest college soccer powerhouses, the 2016 national champion Western Washington University Vikings, and the 2016 Northwest Athletic Conference champion Peninsula Pirates, met for a spring scrimmage at Harrington Field Sunday where the Pirates did something few teams have done in recent years - they beat the Vikes.

Western is one of the top NCAA Division II women’s soccer teams in the country. They won a national title in 2016 and in the process, put together a two-year, 39-game winning streak, the fourth longest win streak in NCAA Division II history. It ended in October, but the Vikings went on to a sixth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.

The Pirates, meanwhile, went unbeaten this past fall, before falling in overtime in the NWAC championship match in November. They were ranked No. 4 in the nation among junior colleges at the time.

“It was an honor that Western invited Kanyon and his team up for a friendly,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “It speaks to how highly regarded our soccer program has become. To be fair, it wasn’t a regular season match and the Vikings beat the University of British Columbia 2-1 in a scrimmage that preceded our match on Sunday afternoon, but they have a large and talented roster (30 players) and it was a great test for our Pirates.”

Peninsula sophomore Malia Brudvik of Auburn opened the scoring when she squared up on a ball that was 30 yards out and blasted it threw the outstretched hands of WWU goal keeper Hillary O’Connor of Los Angeles, and just under the crossbar for a 1-0 Pirate lead just 10 minutes into the match.

The Pirates then went up 2-0 with 26 minutes remaining in the first half. Janis Martinez-Ortiz put a corner kick on goal, the ball was knocked away by O’Connor, but Pirate Samantha Guzman, a red-shirt freshman from Corona, California, went high in the air to boot it past three Viking defenders and into the WWU net.

Western’s best opportunity to score came with a minute to play in the first half when Talia Daigle, a freshman from Edmonds, slipped into the left side of the box and took a shot at close range, but Peninsula’s freshman keeper Kassidy Zinda laid out for the ball and knocked it wide to preserve the shutout.

The two teams played scoreless through a chilly second half under the lights at Harrington Field and the Pirates emerged with a 2-0 victory.

Head coach Kanyon Anderson and his staff were not only pleased with the opportunity to scrimmage the Vikings, but they were happy with the outcome.

“Western had more possession and we had to stay patient and organized in defense which we did,” Anderson said. “That is not something we get to practice often during the season, so to play a completely different style successfully says a lot about this group's maturity.”

Anderson also praised the play of his defense, who helped Zinda earn the shutout.

“Our defenders were great. Sam Guzman and Halle Watson kept us organized, Mailia Brudvik, Emelie Small and Pi'ilani Chaves were great at the outside back, and Sarah Reiber covered a lot of ground and made big plays all game at defensive midfield,” he said.

TUKWILA – One untimely bounce proved to be the difference between a historic championship season and just a historic remarkable season for the Peninsula College women’s soccer team.

In a repeat of the 2016 Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer championship, Highline and Peninsula battled through a scoreless 90 minutes Sunday at a rainy Starfire Sports field – and once again, the only goal of the match came in overtime. This year, however, it was the Thunderbirds who produced the goal and hoisted the NWAC trophy.

“It’s such a razor thin difference between the celebration and the hardware, and the sorrow,” Pirate head coach Kanyon Anderson said after the match.

His team had to settle for second place with just one heartbreaking loss on its’ record, but it was still a historic run for the Pirates. Peninsula had won a nation-leading 38 straight games, dating back to early 2016, and this year set the NWAC scoring record for women’s soccer with 142 goals, smashing the 129 that Walla Walla tallied in 2007.

Peninsula climbed to No. 4 in the national rankings, equaling the highest such mark in the College’s history – in any sport.

The Pirates finished with a 20-1-0 record, just missing a chance to become the first unbeaten team in Peninsula’s storied eight-year soccer history – and also just missing a chance to become the winningest women’s soccer program in NWAC history. No team has won four NWAC titles – and that is a chapter coach Anderson and his Pirates still have ahead of them to write.

The Pirates won NWAC trophies in 2016 when they went 19-1-1, in 2013 when they were 20-2-0, and in 2012 when they finished 22-1-1.

It was also a record-breaking year for two individual players. Sophomore Sydney Warren, who on Sunday was named the 2017 NWAC Player of the Year and previously awarded North Region MVP, finished with 31 goals, a single season record, and NWAC All-Star teammate Jordyn Dicintio broke Peninsula’s single season and career assist record with 28.

In Sunday’s thrilling final, a big crowd turned out to cheer on both teams under the roof at Starfire Stadium – and they saw some outstanding soccer.

There were momentum shifts throughout the match, and each team had point-blank scoring opportunities denied by outstanding defensive efforts.

Peninsula outshot Highline 8-7 on the night, but both keepers, Peninsula’s Akari Hoshino and Highline’s Jocelyn Hanrath, came up big when the heat was on.

The fouls were also pretty even, as the T-birds were whistled for 12 and the Pirates 11.

Two scoreless halves sent the match into overtime, and in the first golden goal OT period, Highline worked the ball down to the Peninsula end, a throw-in found its way into the box, bouncing into an open space, and it was almost like slow motion for Pirate fans when Highline’s Jewel Boland pounced on the ball and blasted it past a diving Hoshino to suddenly end the match. Bella Keane was credited with the assist.

Sydney Warren

TUKWILA - The Pirates shutout Tacoma 4-0 Friday to return to the NWAC championship for the fifth time in the last six years where they will face Highline in a much-anticipated rematch of last year's title match.

The 2017 NWAC championship is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Starfire where the Peninsula women will try to become the first team in NWAC women's soccer history to win four NWAC titles. The match will be live-streamed on the NWAC's YouTube site.

In Friday's semifinal, it took a half for the Pirates to separate from the Titans, but the big crowd of Peninsula soccer followers saw a match that was dominated by the home team.

Jayna Morikawa scored on a nice ball from Shantel Torres-Benito in the 31st minute and it wasn't until the 66th minute that the defending NWAC champions and top-ranked team was able to find the insurance goal - and it came from the NWAC's leading scorer, Sydney Warren, that one also assisted by Torres-Benito.

Peninsula then put it out of each when Taylor Graham sent a perfect through ball to Brianna Duran, who blasted it past Tacoma keeper Jenna Poland - and then it was Kelly Kevershan's turn. The PC student body president struck one sharply from the wing in a fashion that could only be described as Beckhamesque.

The Pirates outshot Tacoma 19-5, but that doesn't mean PC keeper Akari Hoshino had the day off, as she recorded a well-earned shutout with the help of Peninsula's outstanding back line and defensive midfield, led Saturday by Malia Brudvik, Samantha Guzman, Halle Watson, Emelie Small, Jordyn DiCintio, and Sarah Reiber.

PORT ANGELES – Sydney Warren was named North Region Most Valuable Player, Kanyon Anderson repeated as Coach of the Year, and Peninsula College was well represented in the North Region All-Star soccer selection process with an extraordinary 13 players earning Northwest Conference post season honors.

Warren, a sophomore from Maple Valley who leads the NWAC in scoring, was named MVP and also earned a spot as a North Region All-Star forward along with teammate Jordyn DiCintio, a sophomore from San Diego, California, who leads the NWAC in assists.

Joining Warren and DiCintio on the North Region All-Star Team are Kelly Kevershan, a sophomore midfielder from Tucson; Janis Martinez-Ortiz, a sophomore midfielder from Las Vegas; Sam Guzman, a freshman defender from Corona, California; and Akari Hoshino, a sophomore goal keeper from Adachi, Japan.

Also earning recognition as North Region All-Conference selections are Sarah Reiber, a sophomore midfielder from Yakima; Maddy Parton, a sophomore forward from Leavenworth; and Malia Brudvik, a sophomore defender from Auburn.

“These players are all very deserving and I am proud of them,” said head coach Kanyon Anderson, who this year shared North Region Coach of the Year honors with Mary Schroeder of Whatcom. “They are talented, but also great teammates who play for the team and not for their own recognition. They know that without a great team around them, they would not have the success they do.”

The Pirates also led the NWAC again this year with the number of student athletes receiving All-Academic honors with Emilee Greve, Tatiana Hagan, Kelly Kevershan, Jayna Morikawa, Maddy Parton, Emelie Small, Sydney Warren and Yasmin Escobar all earning that award.

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula Pirates, who this week moved up to No. 4 in the national junior college women’s soccer rankings, will get an 8:25 a.m. Thursday sendoff at the College where they will travel to Tukwila to train at the Starfire Sports Complex in preparation for Friday’s 12:30 Northwest Athletic Conference semifinal match against Tacoma.

This year marks the seventh straight league championship for the Pirates and the seventh straight trip to the NWAC Final Four.

The defending NWAC champions and top-ranked team in the conference is not taking Tacoma lightly, however, despite a 9-0 win over the Titans back on Aug. 29.

“Tacoma is a tough match-up,” said head coach Kanyon Anderson, who was recently named the North Region Co-Coach of the Year. “They have had some great results this season and it took a great effort to go to Walla Walla and knock off an unbeaten team. We had a good result against TCC early in the year, but we realize that that game has very little to do with the upcoming game.”

The Pirates, who finished 15-0 in league play and 19-0 overall this year, are riding a 37-match winning streak that dates back to a Sept. 9, 2016 tie with Spokane. It’s the longest junior college win streak in the country.

Tacoma, meanwhile, played in the shadow of second-ranked Highline in the West Region all season, finishing second with a 10-2-2 record, 15-5-2 overall. The sixth-ranked Titans then shut out Clackamas 1-0 in the first round of the NWAC playoffs before upsetting Walla Walla 3-2 in the quarterfinals. The Warriors were the East Region champions and tied with Highline for the No. 2 ranking in the NWAC.

“We are feeling good about where we are physically and mentally,” Anderson said. “Soccer is a difficult game to predict, but we feel we have done all we can to maximize our chances of playing well.”

His Pirates had a rather easy go of the North Region, winning all 15 matches and outscoring opponents 119-5, but they got a good test from Lane in the quarterfinals, passing that test with a 3-0 victory.

The NWAC semifinals has Peninsula squaring off against Tacoma at 12:30 Friday at the Starfire Sports Complex, followed by Highline vs. Clark at 3 p.m. The winners advance to play in Sunday’s 2:30 NWAC Championship, also at Starfire. The All-Star members of the teams that fall in the semifinals will participate in the NWAC All-Star Game at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

The Pirates are led by North Region MVP Sydney Warren, who continues to re-write the single-season scoring record at Peninsula, currently at 30 goals. That mark leads the NWAC.

Also putting up good numbers this season offensively are Taylor Graham, who has 14 goals off the bench for the Pirates, Janis Martinez-Ortiz with 13, Maddy Parton with 13, Kelly Kevershan with 11, Jayna Morikowa with 11 and Shantel Torres-Benito with nine.

The Pirates also have the NWAC’s top assist leader in sophomore Jordyn DiCintio with 28. Kevershan has 10, Martinez-Ortiz has 10, Parton nine, and Briana Duran, Graham, Sarah Reiber and Warren have seven each.

Defensively, Peninsula is led by goal keeper Akari Hoshino, who has seven shutouts and who has allowed only seven goals in 16 matches. And although there aren’t stats to support them, Peninsula’s back line, led by Samantha Guzman, Emelie Small, Malia Brudvik, and Halle Watson have been very strong.

Tacoma’s Isabelle Creighton is right behind Warren among NWAC scoring leaders with 24 goals, and teammate Haleigh Thompson has 11.

Tacoma’s assist leader is Jolene Kvinsland with eight, Thompson has eight and Kayley Cruz has five.

As a team, the Pirates lead the NWAC with 138 goals, which has already smashed the NWAC women’s soccer team scoring record set by Walla Walla back in 2007. The Pirates have given up nine goals.

PORT ANGELES – Instead of preparing for their biggest match of the season Friday, the 25 players who make up the nation’s sixth-ranked Peninsula Pirate women’s soccer team were shoveling snow.

A team that has “strength through unity” as its’ rally cry, turned that adversity into a victory the very next day, shutting out Lane 3-0 in the Northwest Athletic Conference Quarterfinal Playoff on a snow-cleared Sigmar Field to advance to the NWAC Final Four for an unprecedented seventh straight year.

The defending NWAC champions will face Tacoma, a 3-2 quarterfinal winner over Walla Walla, at 12:30 Friday at Starfire Sports in Tukwila in the first of two semifinal matches. The second one matching Highline against Clark is scheduled for 3 p.m.

The early winter snowstorm that fell on Port Angeles on Friday morning left Sigmar Field buried. With other options to clear the field not panning out, the Pirates took to snow shovels and worked alongside Peninsula’s facilities crew to remove the 71,280 square feet of snow.

“It was important that we have a good playing surface for an NWAC playoff,” said Athletic Director Rick Ross. “I was very impressed by this team’s willingness to help us get it done. It shows how much pride they have in their facility and their program – and it also shows their desire to play at home.”

Pirate fans were thankful the match was able to be played at home - and braved the cold weather in force to cheer on their team.

Peninsula was dominating the ball throughout the early going, but didn’t find the net until the 41st minute when Jordyn DiCintio placed a corner kick to the far post where a charging Samantha Guzman was there to head it into the goal. It was the seventh goal of the season for Guzman, a Pirate defender, and it was an NWAC-leading 28th assist for DiCintio.

PORT ANGELES - The NWAC's top-ranked Pirates, who sit No. 7 in the latest national junior college poll, are riding a 36-match winning streak into the playoffs dating back to September 5, 2016. They open the playoffs with a home match at noon on Nov. 4 against Wednesday's First Round winner.

The Peninsula women smashed the single season NWAC scoring record in their final home match against Edmonds, when they put 13 balls in the Triton net. The Pirates, in just 18 matches, scored 135 goals and have allowed just nine. The previous scoring record of 129 goals was set by by Walla Walla in 2007 in 24 matches.

Sydney Warren

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College women’s soccer team broke two records and claimed their seventh straight league title Saturday with four matches still remaining, while the Pirate men remained in the hunt for the men’s North Region crown with a pair of home wins over Shoreline.

The Pirate women, ranked No. 1 in the NWAC and No. 8 among the country’s junior colleges, improved to 11-0 in North Region play and 14-0 overall, with a decisive 15-0 win over a shorthanded Dolphin team. That win extended Peninsula’s unbeaten streak to 32 matches, the longest in the nation for women’s junior college soccer.

The Pirate women also broke two scoring records. Sydney Warren, the NWAC’s leading scorer, racked up four goals to break the all-time single season scoring record, previously held by Bri Afoa with 23 goals. Warren now has 25. Teammate Jordyn DiCintio also now owns Peninsula’s career and single-season assist record. She too is an NWAC leader in that category with 23, as she tied Bronte Fitzsimons’ Pirate record of 23 assists from 2013, also a single season and career record.

The Pirates became only the second team in Pirate women’s soccer history to score more than 100 goals in a season. They lead the NWAC with 113. With four league matches remaining, plus the playoffs, the Pirates are on pace to shatter their own team record of 114 and possibly surpass the NWAC single season scoring record of 129 set by Walla Walla in 2007 in 24 matches. Peninsula is averaging eight goals a match. They have given up only five goals this season and only one in league play, that one coming against the Pirate reserves.

The big news came, however, when Pirate fans learned that Skagit Valley upset second-place Whatcom 2-0 Saturday, and that loss, combined with the Pirates’ win, clinched Peninsula’s seventh straight division crown.