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PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College soccer teams are not only talented, but they’re smart.

For the third straight year, the Pirates have led all of the colleges in the Northwest Athletic Conference in the number of All-Academic Award winners.

Seven women and six men were named to the 2014 NWAC All-Academic Team for excellent academic performance. The award is limited to qualifying sophomore athletes.

Earning that honor this fall for the women’s team were Solana Ashe, Alyssa Bertuleit, Kasie Lough, Larkyn Nelson, Mary Pierce, Paxton Rodocker and Brooke Yoshimura.

All-Academic winners for the men were Dylan Clark, Kassio Monteiro, Daniel Moss, Victor Sanchez, Keevan Webb, and Aaron Zovolokin.

“The success of the soccer program over the years has allowed us to be selective in our recruiting,” said Kanyon Anderson, who served as head coach for both the women’s and men’s teams this year. “The whole experience is better when we bring in players who excel on the field, in the classroom and in the community.  And again this year, we were fortunate enough to bring in high character student athletes.”

“I am very proud of their success in the classroom,” he added. “I am looking forward to the offseason when we’ll be able to share these great people with the community.”

PORT ANGELES – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America recognized the Peninsula College women as one of the most dominant teams in the country, ranking them No. 4 in Junior College Division I National Poll.

The Pirates finished the 2014 season ranked No. 1 in the NWAC, falling just one win short of a third straight NWAC crown.

The Peninsula women won their fourth straight West Division championship and battled their way into their fourth straight NWAC championship match before falling to Everett in a thrilling 1-0 final.

The Pirates, who won the NWAC title in 2012 and 2013, had to settle for second place in 2014, but their list of accomplishments remains astonishing.

“Congratulations to the players, coaches and fans for another unbelievable season,” said Director of Athletics Rick Ross. “Coach Anderson and his staff have established a program that is truly a national soccer powerhouse. It was heartbreaking for our sophomores that they weren’t able to add another championship trophy to the case, but I fully expect they’ll all be moving on to play at the next level, while our freshmen will go to work in the offseason, and our coaches will hit the recruiting trail, to win that trophy back.”

Peninsula’s No. 4 national ranking is the highest for any sports team in the College’s history. The four straight NWAC West Division titles and four straight championship appearances arguably qualifies the Pirates as an official women’s soccer dynasty.

Their record of 19-2-2 is only the third best in the program’s five-year history, but 19 shutouts was a Peninsula College soccer record, and the Pirates also allowed the fewest goals in school history, giving up only four in 23 matches, while scoring 80.

The Pirates landed six players on the NWAC All-Star Team and, for the third straight year, combined with the men’s team to lead the NWAC in All-Academic Award winners with 13.

PORT ANGELES – The Northwest Athletic Conference’s top-ranked and two-time defending NWAC champion Peninsula College Pirates tackle the fifth-ranked Lane Titans at 1:00 Saturday in the first of two NWAC Semifinal women’s soccer matches at Starfire Sports in Tukwia.

The match features two teams that are no stranger to the NWAC playoffs.

Peninsula College launched women’s soccer in 2010 and found immediate success. Head coach Kanyon Anderson guided that first-year team to the NWAC playoffs with a second-place finish in the West Division. In 2011, the Pirates went all the way to the NWAC championship before settling for second place. Then, in 2012 the Pirates won the first-ever women’s NWAC championship for Peninsula College. They repeated with a thrilling win in the title match in 2013.

This year, the Pirates are ranked No. 4 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I Junior Soccer Poll, their highest national ranking in the five-year history of the program. They are ranked No. 1 in the NWAC, they are four-time defending West Division champions, they are sporting an 18-1-2 record, and perhaps the most remarkable statistic is that they have scored 78 goals and given up only two in 21 matches.

Lane Community College, located in Eugene, Oregon, launched women’s soccer in 2005. The Titans just missed the playoffs that year, but have qualified every year since, placing second in the South Division six times and third twice.

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College placed six women and five men on their respective West Division All-Star Teams, and Pirate head coach Kanyon Anderson was named West Division Co-Coach of the Year, as announced Tuesday by the Northwest Athletic Conference.

Winning All-Star spots for the West Division champion Peninsula women are Alyssa Bertuleit (sophomore, Sparks, NV) at forward; Paxton Rodocker (sophomore, Port Angeles), and Brittney Yoshimura (sophomore, Mililani, HI) at midfield; Kamryn Barney (sophomore, Snohomish, WA) at defender; and a sweep of the two keeper positions with Emily Flinn (sophomore, Forest Grove, OR) and Kasie Lough (sophomore, Roy, WA) both earning honors.

For the co-West Division champion men, All-Star winners included forwards Eddie Benito (freshman, Vista, CA) and Caio Maciel (sophomore, Salvador, Brazil); midfielders Kassio Monteiro (sophomore, Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Keevan Webb (sophomore, Victoria, B.C.); and defender Brodi Keefe (sophomore, Victoria, B.C.).

Anderson, who coached both the women and the men this year, was named West Division Men’s Coach of the Year, along with Jason Gjertsen of Tacoma.

PORT ANGELES – The top-ranked and defending Northwest Athletic Conference champion Peninsula College women’s soccer team is going back to the NWAC Final Four.

The Pirates defeated Treasure Valley1-0 in a Quarterfinal Playoff thriller before a big crowd at Sigmar Field Sunday to punch their ticket to the NWAC Finals.

The four-time West Division champion Peninsula women, who improved to 15-1-2 on the season, will board the Black Pearl Friday to travel to Tukwila where they will tackle fifth-ranked Lane, 15-2-2, at 1:00 on Saturday in the NWAC Women’s Semifinal Playoff at the Starfire Sports Complex. The South Division champion Titans advanced with a 2-1 win over Shoreline Saturday in their Quarterfinal.

Sunday’s victory for the Pirates marks the fourth straight year in the five-year history of the program that the Pirates have qualified for the NWAC Final Four. They placed second in 2011 and then won the Washington-Oregon community college soccer championship in 2012 and 2013.

PORT ANGELES – Sunday’s Northwest Athletic Conference Quarterfinal Playoff match between Peninsula and Treasure Valley is an East vs. West showdown with a trip to the NWAC Final Four awaiting the winner.

The Pirate women are ranked No. 1 in the NWAC and No. 6 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America Junior College Division I Women’s Soccer Poll. Peninsula finished the regular season with a 17-1-2 record, 15-1-2 in conference play, claiming their fourth straight West Division championship.

Treasure Valley, meanwhile, is ranked No. 6 in the NWAC poll, after going 14-3-4 in their regular season, including an 11-3-3 effort that left them in second place in the East. The Chukars defeated Edmonds in a shootout Wednesday in a First Round NWAC playoff, played in Ontario, OR.

The Pirates are without question the best team in the NWAC on the defensive side of the field. Peninsula has allowed only two goals in 20 matches, finishing with a school-record 18 shutouts. Leading that defensive effort have been sophomores Kamryn Barney, Katelyn Raatz and Brooke Yoshimura, as well as freshmen Tori Hagen, Karen Corral, Kendall Howell, Kai Mahuka and Olivia Moore. Sophomore keeper Emily Flinn has yet to be scored on in 2014. She has five shutouts. Sophomore Kasie Lough has allowed one goal and leads the team with seven shutouts. Red-shirt freshman Mania Siania-Unutoa also has allowed one goal and has recorded three shutouts.

EAST BREMERTON – It was “Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road” for the Olympic Rangers Friday where the Peninsula College women claimed no less than a share of their fourth straight West Division championship with a 6-0 win over the Rangers, and the Pirate men, guaranteed at least a second-place finish in the West, also defeated the hosts 5-2 in a Halloween soccer doubleheader at Gordon Park Field.

The Northwest Athletic Conference’s top-ranked Pirate women were truly scary, recording their 18th shutout in 20 matches this season to claim one of four No. 1 seeds into the 2014 NWAC soccer playoffs. Peninsula will host the winner of a first-round playoff between Treasure Valley College and either Edmonds or Shoreline, at Sigmar Field on Nov. 8. The winner of that quarterfinal playoff will go to the NWAC Final Four, set for Nov. 15-16 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila where the Pirates have won two straight NWAC championships.

Peninsula wrapped up its regular season with a 17-1-2 overall record, 15-1-2 in the West. It is likely they will share the West title with Highline, but the Pirates have a tiebreaker advantage over the T-birds.

The Peninsula men, meanwhile, who slipped to No. 3 in the latest NWAC Alaska Airlines Poll, are likely to finish second in the West, pending the outcome of Saturday’s Highline vs. Tacoma match. The second-place finisher hosts Pierce, the third-place team from the South Division, for a first-round playoff on Wednesday. The winner of that match would then travel to meet the top finisher in the East, North Idaho. Should Tacoma upset Highline Saturday, the Pirates would be home for a second-round match on Nov. 8.

The entire NWAC playoff picture, including match times and locations, will be posted on the NWAC web site on Monday.

PORT ANGELES – The Pirate women dismantled Grays Harbor 8-0 in a West Division match and the men tied Trinity Lutheran in a non-conference match on Sophomore Day at Sigmar Field Wednesday.

The day opened with the Pirates recognizing 13 sophomores playing their final regular season match at a field where they have never lost. That group included Solana Ashe, Kamryn Barney, Laura Barrett, Kayla Bell, Alyssa Bertuleit, Emily Flinn, Kasie Lough, Larkyn Nelson, Mary Pierce, Katelyn Raatz, Paxton Rodocker, Brittney Yoshimura and Brooke Yoshimura.

The win left the Pirates in a tie with Highline at 14-1-2 in conference play with one match remaining.

The PC women managed only two first-half goals, those from Solana Ashe and Kayla Bell, but the flood gates opened in the second half, as they put it out of reach on goals by Rebecca Tafte, Taylor Berg, Tasha Inong, C.J. Stetser and two from Paige Mahuka.

PORT ANGELES – The defending Northwest Athletic Conference champion Pirates are in the final week of their 2014 regular season with playoff matchups beginning to take shape.

The Pirates will honor 28 sophomores Wednesday on “Sophomore Day,” which marks the final regular season home match for 14 women and 14 men. The Pirate women tackle Grays Harbor at 1:00 in a West Division match-up, while the men follow against Trinity Lutheran in a non-conference game at 3:00.

Following a pair of 1-1 ties against Bellevue Saturday, the Pirate women are in a position to defend their West Division championship with wins against Grays Harbor at home Wednesday and Olympic at Bremerton Saturday.

The Pirate men need a Highline loss at Tacoma Saturday, and a win at Olympic, to defend their West title. Otherwise, they will finish second this year, relinquishing the title they’ve held every year since 2008.

The NWAC playoffs get under way Nov. 5. The Final Four is set for Nov. 15-16 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

PORT ANGELES – Wednesday’s West Division showdown between Northwest Athletic Conference powers Peninsula College and Highline lived up to its billing, with two hard-fought matches at a rainy Sigmar Field, but it was the visiting Thunderbirds who spoiled the Pirate party, escaping with a 0-0 tie in the women’s match and a 1-0 victory in the men’s contest.

The Peninsula women remain in the driver’s seat for their third straight West Division championship, while the men will need some help to capture what would have been their sixth straight West title had they prevailed on Wednesday.

Pirate coaches, players and fans were stunned when the final whistle sounded in the men’s match, which broke two streaks. It was their first loss in two seasons, and it was their first loss at Sigmar Field since it was opened in the fall of 2011.

Both PC teams, however, are very much alive in their quest to win three straight NWAC soccer championships.

The Pirate women are 13-1-1 in conference play, which gives them 40 points with three matches remaining. Should they win out against fourth-place Bellevue at home Saturday, last-place Grays Harbor at home Wednesday and sixth-place Olympic at Bremerton on Nov. 1, they would finish with 49 points. The Highline women currently have 41 points, with a 13-1-2 record, but only have two matches remaining. Should they win out against Lower Columbia and Tacoma, they would finish in second place with 47 points.

The Pirate men, meanwhile, fell to 8-1-2 in conference play, and now trail 9-1-2 Highline by three points, 29-26. The Pirates and T-birds each have two matches remaining, but Highline has a tiebreaker advantage over Peninsula, so it would take a tie and a loss or two losses for the PC men to catch their rivals from Des Moines.

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