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Heidi Vereide

PORT ANGELES – A Northwest Athletic Conference soccer showdown is brewing for Wednesday in Bellingham.

The third-ranked Peninsula women, who dominated Skagit Valley 6-0 Saturday, will tackle an unranked Whatcom club at 2 p.m. Both teams share 3-0 North Division records and 4-1-1 season marks.

The nightcap will feature the top-ranked Pirates (3-0, 5-0-1), who stopped Skagit Valley 5-1 Saturday, against the sixth-ranked Orcas (3-0, 4-1-0). Kickoff is at 4:15.

The winner of each match will have sole possession of first place in the North.

EVERETT – The Pirates, who swept the Trojans at Everett Wednesday to open North Division play 2-0, make their 2016 home debut Saturday against Skagit Valley College.

The defending Northwest Athletic Champion Pirate men, who have won seven straight division titles, came from behind to drop Everett 5-2 Wednesday. Peninsula (2-0, 4-0-1) hosts the Cardinals (1-1, 3-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Pirate women, winners of five straight division crowns and a third-place trophy in 2015, dominated a traditionally-strong Trojan club 4-0 Wednesday. The Pirates (2-0, 3-1-1) tackle Skagit Valley (0-2, 0-3-1) at noon on Saturday.

It’s "Kickoff Day" at Sigmar Field Saturday where fans will get their first regular season look at the 2016 Pirates while enjoying a free barbequed hot dog. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for seniors (55), veterans and children 13-17, and free to children 12-under.

SPOKANE – The Peninsula Pirates managed to play all of the defending region champions in non-conference soccer play, completing that preseason schedule with a win and a tie at Spokane Monday.

The defending NWAC champion Pirate men overcame a 1-0 deficit to defeat the reigning East Region champion Sasquatch 2-1 Saturday, following a 2-2 thriller between the defending NWAC champions from Spokane and the five-time region champion and third-place 2015 finisher Peninsula.

The Pirate men closed out their non-conference with wins over Spokane and South Region champion Clark, and a tie against defending West champion Highline. The PC women defeated 2015 South champion Lane, fell to defending West champion Highline before tying Spokane. Both teams open North Region play Saturday at Shoreline where the PC women (1-1-1) tackle the Dolphins (2-0-0) at noon and the PC men (2-0-1) meet the hosts (1-1-0) at 2:15.

Coby Yoshimura

SPRINGFIELD, OR – The Pirates opened their 2016 season with a successful showing at the Northwest Athletic Conference Fall Sports Festival last weekend.

The defending champion Pirate men, playing without several starters, defeated defending South champion Clark 3-0 Saturday and tied defending West champion Highline 3-3 on Sunday, staking an early claim as one of the NWAC’s top men’s teams for 2016.

The Pirate women, who were upset in the semifinals last year by Highline, split their non-conference matches, defeating the defending South Region champion Titans 3-0 on Lane’s home field Saturday, and then falling to West champion and NWAC runner-up Highline in a 2-1 thriller on Sunday.

The two PC teams will see their next action Monday, Sept. 5, at Spokane where the women will take on the defending NWAC champion Sasquatch at 10 a.m. and the men will tackle a very strong Spokane men’s club at 12:15.
The Pirates open North Region play Sept. 10 at Shoreline and Sept. 14 at Everett before making their 2016 home debut Sept. 17 against Skagit Valley.

WOMEN
Highline 2, Peninsula 1
The Pirates were ready for a battle in Sunday’s rematch of last year’s NWAC semifinal against a talented and tough Highline team – and they got one.

Bailie Zuber

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.

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College placed 11 soccer players on the North Division women’s and men’s All-Star teams, freshman Johnny Martinez was named Most Valuable Player, and women’s head coach Kanyon Anderson received Coach of the Year honors, as announced this week by the Northwest Athletic Conference.

Myu Ban, Karen Corral, Lexi Krieger, Kai Mahuka and Ellie Small were named to the North Division Women’s Soccer All-Star Team, while MVP Martinez was joined by Eddie Benito, Trevan Estrellado, Santiago Sierra, Jose Soto and Jonathan Vasquez on the North Men’s All-Star Team.

The annual NWAC All-Star Games are one of the feature attractions of the Final Four weekend at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The women’s match will feature the North/South All-Stars taking on the West/East All-Stars at 10:30, while the men’s match follows at 12:30. Should the Pirate women and men win semifinal matches on Saturday, their players will be recognized, but will not participate in the All-Star Games. The Final Four championship matches are played on Sunday with the women kicking off at 3 p.m. and the men at 5:30.

Myu Ban

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates won a pair of NWAC Quarterfinal thrillers Saturday to advance to the Final Four, set for Saturday and Sunday at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

Freshman Ellie Small finished off a free kick by teammate Myu Ban that was bouncing around in front of the North Idaho goal in the second overtime period to lift the Peninsula women over the Cardinals 1-0, and it was sophomore Trevan Estrellado’s dramatic free kick from the left wing in the 55th minute that propelled the Pirates over Walla Walla 1-0 in the men’s game.

Both Peninsula teams will depart at 7:30 a.m. on Friday en route to the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, where they will train and then attend a Final Four Banquet.

The tournament kicks off on Saturday. The top-ranked Peninsula women (20-1-0) will tackle the fourth-ranked Highline women (16-3-1) in one Semifinal Saturday at 1 p.m., following the 10:30 match between third-ranked Spokane (14-2-1) and the tournament surprise Shoreline women (8-8-5), who are unranked and finished third in the North Division.

Myu Ban

PORT ANGELES – Saturday’s Northwest Athletic Conference Quarterfinal Playoffs at Sigmar Field on the campus of Peninsula College will feature two very different stories.

The noon match-up pits the Peninsula women against North Idaho and the 2 p.m. game has the Pirate men tackling Walla Walla. The winners advance to the NWAC Final Four, Nov. 14-15, at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

The women’s match features a Pirate team that has won five straight division titles and has not only reached the Final Four four straight years, but has played in four straight NWAC championship games, winning two of those (2012, 2013). Kanyon Anderson is the team’s only head coach in the six-year history of the program. His Pirates are ranked No. 1 in the NWAC and are ranked in the top 10 in the nation, according to the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I Junior College Women’s Soccer Poll.

North Idaho, meanwhile, is a newcomer to the NWAC, leaving the National Junior College Athletic Association following its 2013 season. The Cardinals placed third in the East Division in 2014 and finished second this year under 13-year head coach Dan Hogan. NIC was not ranked in the final 2015 Alaska Airlines NWAC Coaches Poll.

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