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MOUNT VERNON – The Peninsula College men joined the Pirate women as Northwest Athletic Conference North Division soccer champions Saturday, following a 3-0 win over Skagit Valley. Ironically, both wins came at Wally Sigmar Field.

The Peninsula women won their sixth straight division title at home last Monday, while the men won their eighth straight league title on a field at Skagit Valley College, also named after the late Dr. Wallace Sigmar, an NWAC Hall of Fame soccer coach and player at SVC who later served as Peninsula College President.

“I think Wally was smiling down on us,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “He helped us launch the soccer program back in 2000 and I know he’d appreciate the dynasty it’s become.”

The league title was the eighth straight for the Pirate men, who are ranked No. 1 in the Northwest Athletic Conference and No. 9 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association Junior College Division I Poll. Peninsula improved to 12-0-1 in conference play and 14-0-2 overall.

Coach Cale Rodriguez, in his second year at Peninsula, is defending an NWAC championship this season and points to Saturday’s league championship as a significant milestone toward their goal of repeating.

“I think what the group has accomplished this year, in terms of winning the division, can easily go unnoticed because of the history and success of the program,” Rodriguez said. “But I think certainly the division title was well earned. The boys have worked extremely hard to put themselves in this position.”

The Peninsula women, who also shutout Skagit Valley Saturday, 5-0, are also ranked No. 1 in the NWAC and are 16th in the national poll. The Pirates rolled to perfect 13-0 conference record, clinching their sixth straight North championship last Monday, and are 14-1-1 overall.

The pair of North Division championships not only pads the trophy case, but it also gives the Pirates an NWAC First Round playoff bye.

The Pirate women will face the winner of a Nov. 2 match against the second-place finisher from the West, currently Tacoma, and the third-place finisher from the East, currently Walla Walla. The quarterfinal playoff is scheduled for Nov. 5 at noon at Sigmar Field at Peninsula College.

The PC men, meanwhile, will follow the same bracket, playing the winner of a match that will likely feature Tacoma against either North Idaho or Walla Walla. Their quarterfinal will follow the women’s match on Nov. 5 at Peninsula.

Meanwhile, there is still some soccer to play. The PC women and men close out league play this week, travelling to Whatcom Wednesday and then hosting Edmonds for “Sophomore Day” at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday. Both Edmonds and Whatcom are in playoff contention.

“I think this group is still hungry to get better,” Rodriguez said. “Nothing changed on our end about how we will approach the remaining games of division play. We want to go out and perform at a high level and play good soccer. At the same time, we’ve put ourselves in a position to be able to utilize the depth we have and rest players who will need it.”

EVERETT – A Peninsula College win and a Whatcom loss on Wednesday propelled the Pirate men to within two points of clinching their eighth straight division championship.

The Pirates, who stopped Everett 5-0 under the lights at Kasch Park Wednesday evening, can claim the North Division title with a win at Skagit Valley on Saturday.

Peninsula (11-0-1, 13-0-2) leads the North with 34 points with three matches remaining. Whatcom (8-2-2, 9-3-2) trails with 26 points. Should the Orcas win out, they would finish the season with 35. The Northwest Athletic Conference’s top-ranked Pirates need only two points in three outings to nail down a home quarterfinal playoff on Nov. 5.

Edmonds (5-4-3, 8-5-3) trails in third place with 18 points following a 1-0 upset over Whatcom Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the NWAC’s No. 1 Peninsula women, who sewed up their sixth straight division title on Monday, stopped the Trojans 2-0 in the earlier match.

Peninsula College North Division champions

PORT ANGELES – In just the seventh year of women’s soccer at Peninsula College, the Pirate women clinched their sixth straight Northwest Athletic Conference division championship Monday, while the men also rolled in a pair of matches against Shoreline that were originally scheduled for Saturday.

A Pacific Northwest storm forecast for Saturday never really materialized, but a pretty big one broke out at Sigmar Field on Monday where the Pirate women and men breezed to victories.

The NWAC’s top-ranked PC women, ranked 15th in the nation, rolled over the Dolphins 6-1 to improve to 11-0 in North Division play with 33 points, 13 more than 6-3-2 Whatcom with four matches remaining. That win guarantees coach Kanyon Anderson and his Pirates a home quarterfinal playoff match at noon on Nov. 5.

Meanwhile, the top-ranked NWAC team, ranked No. 12 in the country, shut out Shoreline 6-0 Monday to maintain a five-point lead over Whatcom in the race for the North Division men’s title. Peninsula is atop the North at 10-0-1, good for 31 points, leading 8-1-2 Whatcom with 26 points. The Pirates have clinched a playoff berth, but still have work to do to win their eighth-straight division title.

The Pirates kick off a three-game road swing at Everett Wednesday, followed by matches at Skagit Valley on Saturday and Whatcom Wednesday, Oct. 26, before returning home for Sophomore Day on Oct. 29 against Edmonds.

PORT ANGELES - Saturday's NWAC North soccer match against Shoreline has been postponed to Monday due to concerns about safe travel with a fall storm in the forecast.

The Pirates will tackle the Dolphins at 2 p.m. (women) and 4 p.m. (men) on Monday at Sigmar Field in Port Angeles.

Jazmin Ramos

PORT ANGELES – Fan loyalty will be tested Saturday when a storm of historic proportions is forecast to greet Pirate fans at Sigmar Field.

Saturday is Peninsula College’s annual “Fan Appreciation Day,” where Pirate supporters who dare to venture out will see their Northwest Athletic Conference-leading women attempt to clinch their sixth straight conference title, while the PC men will try to gain ground on second-place Whatcom and third-place Shoreline. Should the Shoreline teams successfully navigate the storm Saturday morning, kickoff for the women is set for noon. The men follow at 2 p.m. “Fan Appreciation Day” will feature drawings for prizes throughout the women’s and men’s games.

The Pirates are coming off a hard-fought road sweep at Edmonds Wednesday, where the women (10-0, 11-1-1) earned their 10th straight shutout, winning 4-0, followed by a come-from behind 2-1 victory by the Pirate men (9-0-1, 11-0-2).

Women: Peninsula 4, Edmonds 0
In Wednesday’s match on the Triton pitch, the Pirates got on the scoreboard in the 10th minute when Coby Yoshimura scored off an assist from Tatiana Hagen.

Marriah Perez made it 2-0 in the 25th minute and that score stood through the first half. That goal was assisted by Hoku Afong.

A defensive-minded Triton club then surrendered only two more goals in the second half, those coming from Perez and Sydney Warren, assisted by Maddy Parton and Malia Brudvik.

Natalie Carreon went the distance in goal for Peninsula, recording her first solo shutout.

Kelly Kevershan

PORT ANGELES – In a doubleheader that matched the NWAC North Division leading Pirate women and men against a pair of Whatcom teams that are both in second place, the Pirates turned back the Orcas 3-0 in the women’s match, but the PC men gave up a goal in extra time to settle for a 1-1- tie.

The Peninsula women (9-0, 10-1-1) now lead the North with 27 points, Whatcom (5-1-3, 6-2-4) is second with 16 and Shoreline (4-3-2, 6-3-2) is close behind in third with 15. The NWAC’s second-ranked Pirates, No. 15 in the nation, travel to Edmonds Wednesday for a special 4 p.m. kickoff and then host the Dolphins at noon on Saturday.

The Pirate men (8-0-1, 10-0-2) saw their North lead narrow with the tie, just five points ahead of Whatcom (6-1-2, 7-2-2) with 25 points and 20 points respectively. Shoreline (4-5-0, 5-6-0) and Edmonds (3-3-3, 6-4-3) are a distant third, each with 12 points. The Pirates play Edmonds under the lights at the Triton field at 6:15 Wednesday and then host Shoreline at 2 p.m. Saturday.

PORT ANGELES – The Northwest Athletic Conference soccer machine that is the Peninsula College Pirates ran over another North Division opponent Saturday.

The PC women dispatched a defensive-minded Everett team 1-0 in the opener and the men followed with a 6-1 romp in the second game.

The second-ranked women improved to 7-0 in conference play and 8-1-1 overall. They remain unscored upon in those seven North Division matches.
The top-ranked Pirate men are also 7-0 in league and 9-0-1 on the season.

The Pirates host Skagit Valley for game-four of a five-game home stretch at 2:00 and 4:00 Wednesday.

Ellie Small

PORT ANGELES – Cesar Gervacio, a freshman forward from San Jose, California, scored all five goals, tying Peninsula College’s single-game scoring record, in a 5-0 win over Shoreline Wednesday, while the Pirate women also prevailed in a 3-0 triumph over the Dolphins.

Pirate fans witnessed Gervacio’s historic effort on a spectacular sunny fall day at Sigmar Field, where their PC teams remained unbeaten in North Division play.

The women, ranked No. 3 in the Northwest Athletic Conference and No. 20 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I Junior College Poll, improved to 6-0 in conference play and 7-1-1 overall. They have not surrendered a goal in the North Division in six matches.

The Pirate men, ranked No. 1 in the NWAC and surprisingly still unranked nationally, remain unbeaten this season. Peninsula moved to 6-0 in North Division play and 8-0-1 overall.

Saturday is “Pirate Proud T-shirt Day” at Sigmar Field where Peninsula tackles the Everett women at noon and the men at 2 p.m.

Sydney-Warren

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College women and men rolled through the first of three rounds of North Division soccer play with unbeaten records, following a pair of shutouts over Edmonds at Sigmar Field Saturday.

Remarkably the Pirate women won all five matches without surrendering a goal. Peninsula (5-0, 6-1-1) racked up 25 goals and allowed none, despite playing everyone on the roster, including four goal keepers. The Pirates are ranked No. 3 in the Northwest Athletic Conference and No. 19 in the nation.

The Pirate men (5-0, 7-0-1) have scored 20 goals and given up seven, but they tightened up the defense last week, recording back-to-back shutouts against sixth-ranked Whatcom and seventh-ranked Edmonds. The PC men are ranked No. 1 in the NWAC poll and remain unranked nationally.

The Peninsula women and men tackle arguably their toughest North Division opponent on Wednesday when Shoreline visits the PC campus for a pair of matches at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the second of a five-game home stand. Back on Sept. 10 at Shoreline, the Pirate women escaped with a 1-0 win over the Dolphins and the men rallied from behind to win 4-3.

BELLINGHAM - The Peninsula Pirates were braced for a showdown at Whatcom Wednesday where the the two women's teams and the two men's teams all had 3-0 conference records on the line.

When the crumb rubber had settled on the Orcas' turf field late Wednesday afternoon, it was the Pirate women and men who were all alone in first place in the North Division.

The Northwest Athletic Conference's third-ranked Peninsula women stunned unranked Whatcom 7-0 in the opener, and the top-ranked Pirate men followed with a 3-0 shutout over the hosts, who are ranked sixth in the NWAC.

The Pirate women improved to 4-0 in North Division play and 5-1-1 overall, while the men remained unbeaten, improving to 4-0 and 6-0-1. Peninsula hosts Edmonds Saturday for the annual "Community Day" match. Admission is free to all fans and mini soccer balls will be given away. Kickoff is noon for the women's match and 2 p.m. for the men.

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