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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.

2015 Women's All-Stars

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.

Nov. 7 Quarterfinal Playoffs 2015

PORT ANGELES – The road to the Northwest Athletic Conference Soccer Final Four is short, and familiar for the Peninsula Pirates.

Both the women and men won the North Division and with it byes in the first round of the NWAC playoffs. The Pirates will host Quarterfinal playoff matches on Saturday, Nov. 7, in hopes of punching their tickets to the Final Four, set for Nov. 14-15 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Peninsula College has been represented in five straight NWAC Final Four tournaments.

The Peninsula women, currently ranked No. 1 in the Alaska Airlines NWAC Coaches Poll and No. 10 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, finished the regular season with a 19-1-0 record, 14-1-0 in North Division play, to win their fifth straight conference title. They led the NWAC in goals scored with 85, and goals against with six, and they tied second-ranked Everett for the most shutouts with 14.

The PC women will play the winner of Wednesday’s First Round playoff between North Idaho (8-3-1, 10-5-2), the second-place finisher in the East Division, and Chemeketa (7-4-1, 10-5-2), the third-place finisher in the South. Game time at Sigmar Field is noon on Saturday.

The PC men, ranked No. 2 in the NWAC, wrapped up their 2015 campaign with an 11-2-2 conference record and a 13-3-3 overall mark, winning their division for the seventh straight year. They finished second to top-ranked Highline in scoring with 47 goals and in defense, giving up 18 goals. The Thunderbirds, who beat Peninsula 3-2 in a pre-season match back on Aug. 29, lead the NWAC with 56 goals for and only 10 against. The Pirates tied with Clark for the most shutouts with nine.

Peninsula will play the First Round winner of a match between the Walla Walla men (7-4-4, 9-4-6), the second place finisher in the East, and Southwestern Oregon (6-4-2, 7-7-3), the third-place finisher in the South. Kickoff for the men’s game is 2 p.m. Saturday, following the women’s match.

Both matches will be video streamed at Peninsula’s UStream page.

Admission for Saturday's NWAC Quarterfinals is $4 for adults, $2 for seniors, veterans and youth age 13-17, and free to children 12-under.

PORT ANGELES – New division, new coaches, same old Peninsula College soccer dynasty.

The Peninsula College women defeated Whatcom 6-0 Wednesday to win their 12th straight match and secure the North Division championship, joining the men, who shut out the Orcas 5-0 Wednesday, as division champs.

The Pirate men had clinched their seventh straight division title on Saturday and the women made it a black-and-gold sweep, securing their fifth straight division crown in front of the home fans on Wednesday, with one match remaining on their conference schedule.

The previous division titles came in the West Division, where the Pirates had become a dominant force in Northwest Athletic Conference soccer. Peninsula, however, moved to the North this year, where it has continued its winning ways with two new coaches at the helm. Cale Rodriguez took over the men’s program and former Pirate Jake Hughes was named the lead assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s programs this year. With Kanyon Anderson returning as women’s head coach, the program didn’t skip a beat.

“We’ve been in the North Division for basketball since 1997, so it feels like home for all of our teams to play there,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “We weren’t sure how it was going to go, but it’s pretty competitive from top to bottom. We don’t take these division titles for granted. It’s a big deal to win your league and it’s a testament to the hard work our coaches and athletes put in.”

Peninsula College division champions

The Pirates will close out regular season play Saturday at Edmonds and will then have a week to prepare for the NWAC Quarterfinal Playoffs at Sigmar Field on Nov. 7. The women will host the winner of a First Round playoff between the No. 2 team in the East Division, either Treasure Valley or North Idaho, and the No. 3 team in the South, Chemeketa or Clackamas, at noon. The bracket is the same for the men, who will tackle the First Round playoff winner of a match between Walla Walla and either Chemeketa or Southwestern Orgeon. That game will follow the women’s game, kicking off at 2 p.m.

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