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Bri Jackson-Vallente

PORT ANGELES – The Northwest Athletic Association’s first Horizon Air Coaches Poll of the season has the Pirate women ranked No. 1 and the Pirate men No. 2 – and both teams prevailed in Saturday’s “Community Day” match against Skagit Valley.
The Peninsula women rebounded from a heartbreaking 1-0 loss on the road to Everett to smash the Cardinals 8-0, while the men eked out a 1-0 win over the Cardinal men in the second game before a sun-drenched crowd at Sigmar Field.
Next up is another strong North Division test in Whatcom. The Orcas are tied with the PC men for first place, both 2-0-1, while the Orca women are 1-2-0, trailing the second-place Pirates who are 2-1-0. Kickoff Wednesday is 2 p.m. for the women and 4 p.m. for the men.

Myu Ban

EVERETT - The Peninsula College men moved into sole possession of second place in the Northwest Athletic Conference North Division with a 4-0 win over Everett Wednesday, but the Pirate women fell to the Trojans 1-0 to slip into a four-way tie for second.

Next up for the Peninsula men and women is Saturday's "Community Day" at Sigmar Field where the Pirate women (1-1-0, 6-1-0) tackle Skagit Valley (0-2-0, 2-2-0) at noon and the PC men (1-0-1, 3-1-2) take on the Cardinals (0-1-1, 0-3-1) at 2 p.m. The promotion calls for free admission to youth soccer players, and their families, when the player wears his or her youth soccer or high school soccer jersey. It also features a Pirate water bottle giveaway while they last.

SHORELINE – The Pirate women recorded their NWAC-leading sixth shutout in a 2-0 win over Shoreline in their North Division opener Saturday, while the men rallied late to escape with a 1-1 tie against the Dolphins.

Next up is a rematch of the 2014 NWAC women’s championship match, pitting the defending champion Everett Trojans, who are off to a 3-1-1 start this year, against the runner-up Pirate women, who are 6-0-0, set for Wednesday at 4:15, at Kasch Park in Everett. The Pirates last year gave up only four goals in 23 matches and two of those were to the Trojans, resulting in Peninsula’s only two losses in 2014.

The Pirate men, meanwhile, are 2-1-2 under new head coach Cale Rodriguez and will tackle the 0-3-0 Everett men at 2:00 Wednesday, playing the first match of the North Division doubleheader for a change.

Tasha Inong

PORT ANGELES – A mechanical failure on the Hood Canal Bridge that forced Bellevue College to re-route around the Hood Canal Wednesday, resulted in hour-to-hour match time changes, and a site change for the men’s match, but Pirate fans who persevered got to see two big wins.

In the final non-conference matches for Peninsula, the PC women shut out Bellevue 3-0, while the men stopped the Bulldogs 3-1. Both Bellevue teams were unbeaten on the young season coming into the doubleheader.

The Pirate women, ranked No. 7 in the latest National Soccer Coaches of America Division I Junior Soccer Poll, finished their non-conference schedule with a 5-0 record, scoring 24 goals and giving up 0.

The Pirate men wrapped up their non-conference campaign under new head coach Cale Rodriguez with a 2-1-1 record, earning two straight wins over playoff-caliber teams. Peninsula scored eight goals and allowed five.

The Peninsula women and men open their first season in the Northwest Athletic Conference's North Division Saturday at Shoreline. The Pirate men previously played in the West Division since 2000 and the women joined them in 2010. The Shoreline Dolphins are 2-1-1 in women’s play and 0-0-3 in men’s non-conference action this year. Kickoff at Twin Ponds Field in Shoreline is 12:30 for the women and 2:30 for the men.

Kennady Whitehead

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates tackle Bellevue Wednesday in their final non-conference match as they prepare for Saturday’s North Division opener at Shoreline.

The Bulldogs are a perennial playoff qualifier and will provide Peninsula’s women’s and men’s teams with a great final non-conference match. Kickoff was moved to 3:30 for the women and 5:30 for the men to accommodate a request from Bellevue.

The Pirate women, ranked No. 7 in the latest National Coaches Association of America Junior College Division I poll, are 4-0 in non-conference action and have scored 21 goals. They are the only team in the NWAC that has yet to allow a goal.

Taylor Berg

SPRINGFIELD, OR – The nation’s eighth-ranked Peninsula Pirates racked up 16 goals and allowed none, opening 2015 with three wins at the NWAC Friendlies Saturday and Sunday.

The 3-0 start sets the table for Saturday’s home opener against the North Idaho Cardinals, who split with Clark and Tacoma at the two-day, 50-team soccer tournament at the Willamalane Sports Center. Kickoff for Saturday’s match at Sigmar Field is at noon.

Cale Rodriguez, Kanyon Anderson

PORT ANGELES – The Northwest Athletic Conference championship soccer traveling trophies are hauntingly absent from the Peninsula College trophy case this fall – and that’s not sitting well with Peninsula Pirate players, coaches and fans.

The Pirate men and women, who combined to win five NWAC soccer titles from 2010-2013, will begin their quest to return those trophies to the PC campus when they take the field at the 2015 NWAC Friendlies Saturday in Springfield, Oregon.

The PC women, ranked No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I Junior College Soccer Poll, opens its 2015 campaign against Treasure Valley, a team Peninsula defeated in a thrilling NWAC First Round playoff match last November. That game kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday on Field 4 of the Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation in Springfield. The Pirates then play Columbia Basin at 8 a.m. Sunday on Field 3, and close out the weekend against Grays Harbor at 4 p.m. Sunday on Field 2.

The Pirate men, meanwhile, open a new era in men’s soccer under new head coach Cale Rodriguez, who comes to Peninsula College after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Redlands and at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The Pirates are unranked in the NSCAA preseason poll, but hope to jump back into the National rankings with a strong start in 2015 – and they’ll be tested early. It all begins Saturday when the PC men take on Walla Walla, the 2014 East Division runner-up, at 11 a.m. on Field 2. Then on Sunday, the Pirate men take on defending NWAC champion Highline at noon on Field 4.

PORT ANGELES – Hundreds of soccer fans from all over Western Washington not only enjoyed five hotly contested soccer matches, but they were treated to great food, beverages and sunny weather at the fourth annual Rumble in the Rainforest Saturday at Sigmar Field on the Peninsula College campus.

The event, a fund-raiser for athletic scholarships, netted $5,000.

“This community continues to astonish me with their support of our athletic programs,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “Our staff, led by Tim Tucker, put on a great show, with two professional teams and four college teams, and our fans and our sponsors came up big once again. I’m convinced that the five NWAC championships and nine division titles we’ve won in soccer alone over the past five years just wouldn’t have happened without that support.”

The five exhibition soccer matches were all close. The day opened with the Peninsula College men defeating the Olympic Force, a professional team that plays in the Evergreen Premiere League, 2-1. The two Pirate goals came from Victor Sanchez and Kassio Monteiro.

PORT ANGELES - Be prepared to “rumble” and cheer on some of the best soccer teams in the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, April 25, when Peninsula College hosts the Rumble in the Rainforest Soccer Exhibition Extravaganza at Sigmar Field in Port Angeles. The Rumble benefits the Peninsula College Athletic Program, and helps to raise money to support athletic scholarships.

Events will kick off at 10 am on Sigmar Field with a match between the men of Olympic Force vs. Peninsula College. This will be followed at 11:20 by an exhibition match between the men of Saint Martin’s College and the Kitsap Pumas. At 12:40, the women of Saint Martin’s and Peninsula College will meet.

Men’s soccer dominates the rest of the day, continuing at 2:30 pm when the Peninsula College men’s team goes up against the Kitsap Pumas. At 3:50 pm, the Olympic Force will face off against St. Martin’s College.

In addition to world class soccer games, there will be other free events on campus. Soccer fans and car lovers are invited to visit a car show, hosted by the Peninsula College Auto Shop, Ruddell Automall, Price Ford and Wilder Auto. For children, there will be a special Kids’ Zone, featuring a bouncy house, sponsored Storm King Soccer.

Visitors and famished spectators are invited to try out some great food and drink options from Next Door Gastropub and the Pirate Cove Café, available at the field. 

Admission: 6-U free; 7 – 17$5 ($2.50 if in Academy or local club soccer jersey); 18 and older $10; Seniors & current Military $5; Family of 5 or more $30.

PENINSULA COLLEGE – After winning back-to-back Northwest Athletic Conference championships and then placing second in 2014, the Pirate women’s soccer team is reloading in a very big way.

Eight big-time high school soccer standouts have signed Letters of Intent with Peninsula College since the NWAC signing period opened on Jan. 15.

“I am as excited about this recruiting class as any we have brought in to Peninsula,” head coach Kanyon Anderson said. “We have size, skill and speed, but the most important quality I see is competitiveness. The players in this incoming group have had much individual and team success and will demand the same at the college level. They will be a great compliment to our returning players who have already set lofty goals for next year. The 2015 version of the Pirates have the potential to be very successful.”

Signing NWAC Letters of Intent to date include: Hoku Afong, Audrey Barham, Cierra Hamilton, Elizabeth Hornsey, Brianna Jackson-Vallente, Kameryn Jury-Hale, Ellie Small, and Isabelle Tyner.