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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.

PC vs Shoreline

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula Pirates, the most dominant community college soccer program in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, open the final round of North Region play at home on Saturday against Shoreline.

Coming off a sweep at Edmonds Wednesday night, the Peninsula women and men are not only in a position to defend their respective North Region titles, but also to offer a legitimate challenge to win Northwest Athletic Conference championships.

“We are playing a fast, generous style of soccer,” women’s head coach Kanyon Anderson said of his Pirates. “Our players seem to understand and embrace their roles. We are getting contributions from everyone and we’re having fun.”

It’s a good thing the Pirates are having fun, because the teams they’re playing in the North may not be. The top-ranked NWAC program, ranked No. 8 in the latest United Soccer Coaches national junior college poll, is 10-0 in North Region play, 13-0 overall, and riding a 31-game unbeaten streak, which is the longest amongst the nation’s junior college women’s soccer teams. Peninsula has outscored its’ region opponents 82-1, and leads the NWAC with 98 goals on the season, allowing just five. Second-ranked Highline is second in goals scored with 60.

The Pirates need just two more wins with five matches remaining to clinch their seventh straight region title.

The men’s team, under first-year head coach Jake Hughes, is in a slightly different position entering the final round of league play. The Pirates, who returned just five players from a team that won Peninsula’s eighth straight region title last fall, is ranked fourth in the NWAC and sitting in second place in the North. They will need to win out, and will need help to win the division, as top-ranked Whatcom leads the division by four points. The PC men are 6-0-4 in North play and 8-1-4 overall. They lead the NWAC in scoring with 46 goals, but they’ve allowed 18.

“We’re continuing to grow and reach our potential,” Hughes said. “We’ve battled through sickness and injuries. We’re almost at full strength for our last round. Our goal is to improve the physiological part of the game and prepare for the next game.”

The Pirates, who played their last three matches on the road, return to Sigmar Field Saturday to tackle Shoreline. The women kick off at noon and the men follow at 2 p.m.

Jayna Morikawa

TUKWILA - The Pirates opened 2017 with a target on their backs, namely the 2016 NWAC championship, and the defending South champion Clark women took their best shot in Thursday's season-opener at the 2017 NWAC Friendlies at Starfire Sports.

Peninsula went out on top early with the first collegiate goal by freshman Bri Duran, assisted by Jordan DiCintio, but Clark answered - and that 1-1 score stood through halftime and well into the second half.

Peninsula sophomore Sydney Warren, who scored 12 goals in 2016, came back onto the field after a breather and quickly put two goals in the Penguin net to secure the win for her Pirates. Those goals were assisted by Jayna Morikawa and Sarah Reiber.

PORT ANGELES - The nationally-ranked Peninsula College Pirate soccer teams will take to the pitch one time this year at the annual Rumble in the Rainforest, sponsored by High Energy Metals, coming up Saturday at Sigmar Field.

The Pirates will host men’s and women’s teams representing the Olympic Force and the Seattle Stars, for a full slate of matches, beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding at 5:30 p.m. Admission for a day of soccer is $5.

Although the matches are all exhibition, it will mark the collegiate head coaching debut of Jake Hughes, who was recently hired to take the helm of the Pirate men’s team.

“The rumble is a great way for our program to prepare our sophomore players to move on, and our incoming players to regain some sharpness for the upcoming season,” Hughes said. “It will be an exciting and challenging event against two good teams.”

Saturday’s Rumble will also be the first action for veteran coach Kanyon Anderson since winning his third Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer title in November.

“We are excited to continue this cool tradition against two really good teams,” Anderson said. “ I am also happy to be able to highlight the awesome facilities at Peninsula and have a soccer celebration for our fans each spring.”

The Olympic Force Soccer Club, based in Bremerton, represents players from the Kitsap Peninsula and surrounding areas. It’s roster includes players who are preparing to start college, players who are in college, and players who have completed their collegiate playing careers and are looking to play at a high level. The women’s team, coached by Jason Jarrett, plays in the Northwest Premier League and the men’s team, under the direction of coach Steve Cashmore, plays in the Evergreen Premier League.

The Seattle Stars, based in King County, were founded in 2011 and have a similar make-up of players as the Olympic Force. The women’s team, coached by Chris Wells, and men’s team, coached by Omar Lara, also play in the same leagues as the Force.

Kanyon Anderson

PORT ANGELES – For the second time in his seven-year career as head women’s soccer coach, Peninsula College’s Kanyon Anderson was named Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Wednesday.

Anderson, who’s 2016 Pirates won the NWAC championship for the third time, also won that award in 2011. He will be presented with the award at the NWAC’s annual awards banquet in June.

The coach who was hired when Peninsula started a women’s soccer program in 2010, has won Region Coach of the Year awards in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016, as well as 2014 when he won the men’s soccer region coach of the year honor.
He credits his team for this year’s NWAC-wide recognition.

“First of all, it’s not too hard to win with this much talent,” he said. “We were loaded this year and literally had all-star caliber players coming off the bench at nearly every position. On top of the talent, this year’s team was so quick to pick up concepts that I found myself having to work hard just to stay ahead of them.”

And while Anderson downplays his success as a coach, it’s his hard work as a coach, and as a recruiter, that has led to his success.

“Kanyon is the premier women’s soccer coach in the NWAC and I’d put his credentials up against any junior college soccer coach in the country,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “Because we play in the NWAC, he doesn’t get to compete for a national title, but the success he’s had over the last six years is unprecedented and ranks right up there with the best programs in the country. He’s very deserving of this honor.”

His 2016 Pirates finished with 19 wins, one loss and one tie. That record is the second best in the nation behind 25-0-1 Paradise Valley, the National Junior College Athletic Association national champions. Ironically, the Paradise Valley women’s only tie came to the NWAC’s third-place finisher Spokane in non-conference play.

Peninsula also ran off a streak of 18 straight wins in which they allowed only two goals. They finished the season scoring 93 goals and allowing six in 21 matches. It was also a team effort, as 21 of the 25 players who aren’t goal keepers scored goals.

Peninsula College NWAC champions

TUKWILA – The Peninsula College Pirates, who won their third Northwest Athletic Conference championship Sunday, joined four other colleges as the winningest women’s soccer program in NWAC history.
The 2016 Pirates opened their season going 1-1-1 in non-conference play against the NWAC’s top three teams, giving up four goals. Peninsula then steamrolled the North Division, winning 15 straight matches to capture their sixth straight region title, before winning three straight playoff matches to claim the NWAC title. During that 18-game winning streak, the Pirates gave up a remarkable two goals.
“This is mentally the toughest team I have ever coached and this is the most enjoyable victory of my career,” said head coach Kanyon Anderson, adding that, as a relatively new head coach who won NWAC titles in 2012 and 2013, he was less able to relax and enjoy the moment.
Anderson was at the helm when Peninsula College launched the sport of women’s soccer in 2010. He took a team of 17 women, soccer players, basketball players and softball players, and managed a 6-7-6 season – and a second-place finish in the West Division.
Since that year, his Pirates have won 117 matches, lost 11 and tied seven, winning every league title (four in the West and two in the North where they moved in 2015), qualifying for the Final Four every year, and emerging as the strongest women’s community college soccer program in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. They are ranked No. 12 in the nation and almost guaranteed to move into the top 10 this week.
Peninsula’s three championships ties Columbia Basin, Tacoma, Clackamas and Walla Walla for the most in NWAC history.
“This team did everything we asked of them this year,” Anderson said. “They met every goal they set for themselves, so even when the game was tense, there was a sense that we would win.”
To say Sunday’s championship was tense might be an understatement – at least to the big crowd of Pirate fans who came from all over the West Coast, and Hawaii, to watch the icing applied to Peninsula’s championship cake.
Peninsula fans, who included a very vocal and supportive men’s soccer team, as well as members of the basketball program, outnumbered Highline fans who play their home matches at Starfire Stadium.
Those fans watched, on the edge of their seats, for two scoreless 45-minue halves, one scoreless overtime period, and five minutes into a second OT before the goal of the season ended the match and sent the Pirates into a celebration in front of the Highline goal.
That goal came when Ellie Small intercepted a Highline goal kick near midfield, heading the ball into the middle, where Bri Vallente sent a through ball to teammate Maddy Parton, creating a foot race between the freshman speedster and Highline's Tea Lopes. Parton won that race to the baseline, passed the ball back into the box through Lopes’s legs where Vallente was on a dead run toward the goal. The sophomore striker from Waikoloa, Hawaii slotted her shot between the near post and a diving Thunderbird keeper Rachel Thompson for the Pirates’ 93 goal of the season, setting off a celebration that lasted long into the damp Tukwila night.

Pirate women's soccer team

PORT ANGELES – “Strength Through Unity” is the battle cry of the 2016 Peninsula College women’s soccer team, a team that departs Thursday for the Northwest Athletic Conference Final Four.

A good argument could also be made for “strength in numbers.”

Head coach Kanyon Anderson carries 29 players on his active roster – and all 29 have not only played significant minutes, but 21 of them have scored goals.

“Depth allows us to protect bodies,” Anderson said. “Playing two games a week, without a bye for eight weeks is a brutal schedule.”

The Pirates use their depth to overcome injuries, which can be significant in collegiate soccer, as demonstrated by their counterparts, the NWAC’s top-ranked Peninsula men, who fell to Tacoma in a quarterfinal playoff Saturday in a match that saw five starters miss action due to injuries.

The Pirate women have had their share of injuries over the season as well, but are healthier now than they’ve been since August.

Coach Anderson hopes to harness the strength of his roster, that is not only united and deep, but also very talented, to bring home a championship trophy this weekend.

Peninsula opens the NWAC championship finals with a 12:30 semifinal match Friday against North Idaho. Pirate fans are expected to gather on campus for a send-off at 8 a.m on Thursday morning.

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula Pirates, who are preparing for a sixth straight trip to the Northwest Athletic Conference Final Four, were well-represented in Northwest Athletic Conference post-season honors this year with 14 players earning awards and head coach Kanyon Anderson repeating as North Region Coach of the Year.

The Pirates placed seven players on the North Region All-Star Team, nine players earning NWAC Academic Excellence honors, and three more players named All-Conference.

The All-Star list includes Hoku Afong, Audrey Barham, Kameryn Jury-Hale, Akari Hoshino, Ellie Small, Kennady Whitehead and Coby Yoshimura. Should the Pirates win Friday’s semifinal, those seven players will not play in the NWAC Women’s All-Star Game, set for 10 a.m. on Sunday at Starfire Stadium. They would, of course, play that same day in the championship match at 2:30.

Peninsula College womens soccer celebration

PORT ANGELES – The NWAC’s top-ranked Pirates played like a team on a mission Saturday, steamrolling a talented Walla Walla team 5-0 in front of the home fans in the Quarterfinal Round of the NWAC playoffs.

Peninsula improved to 17-1-1 on the season, advancing to the NWAC Final Four for the sixth straight year. The Pirates tackle sixth-ranked North Idaho, 14-2-3, at 12:30 Friday at Starfire Stadium in the first of two Friday afternoon semifinals.

The NWAC championship match is set for 2:30 on Sunday, also at Starfire Stadium. The Pirates hope to etch their name on the tournament trophy this year after winning the title in 2012 and 2013 and then placing second in 2014 and third last year.

Admission to Starfire is $15 per day, or $24 for a Friday-Sunday pass, for adults. Rates are discounted for seniors, staff, military, and youth.

NWAC matches will be video streamed. Fans can check the NWAC site for that link.

Peninsula College soccer coaches

PORT ANGELES – The stage is set for Saturday’s Northwest Athletic Conference Quarterfinal Soccer Playoffs at Peninsula College, where the nationally-ranked soccer powerhouse Pirates will host Walla Walla in the women’s match and Tacoma in the men’s contest.

The winners will advance to the NWAC Final Four, set for Nov. 11-13 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila.

The Pirate women and men, who have been a fixture at the Final Four for six years, winning six NWAC championships and a host of runner-up and third-place trophies, will have to get past two very talented teams on Saturday. Kickoff for the women’s match is noon and the men will follow at 2 p.m.

 “This is the last chance for our community to see two nationally-ranked junior college soccer teams play at home this season,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “On paper, we’re the favorites, but none of the records and rankings matter in the post season. Both Walla Walla and Tacoma are talented and well coached. It’ll be intense.”

Both Pirate teams are ranked No. 1 in the NWAC. The men are ranked No. 7 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of American Junior College Division I Poll and the PC women moved up to No. 13 in the country.

Admission for Saturday's doubleheader is $4 for adults, $2 for seniors, veterans and youth ages 13-17, and free for children 12-under.

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