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EVERETT – The Peninsula College men remained unbeaten, escaping Everett with a 2-1 win Wednesday, but the Pirate women saw a 20-game win streak come to an end with a 1-0 loss to the Trojans.

The PC women had not lost a match since Sept. 8, 2013 when they fell to University of the Fraser Valley 3-0, and it’s been two seasons since the Pirates lost to a community college, dating back to Oct. 6, 2012 when they dropped a 1-0 match at Walla Walla. The women, ranked sixth in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America Poll, have never lost at Sigmar Field since the facility was constructed in the fall of 2011.

The men’s victory leaves the Pirates atop the West Division with a 4-0 record and a 6-0 overall mark, followed closely by Highline at 3-0-1 and Bellevue at 3-3-0. Everett slipped to 0-3-1 in the North Division.

The women’s loss puts them in unfamiliar territory, trailing Highline in the West by one point. Highline, now the only unbeaten team in the Northwest Athletic Conference, is 4-0-1, while the Pirates fell to 4-1-0 (6-1-0 overall). Bellevue is third at 2-1-4. The victory catapulted Everett into a commanding lead in the North at 5-1-0.

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College women remained the only unbeaten and unscored-upon team in the Northwest Athletic Conference with a 4-0 victory over Shoreline and the men also remained unbeaten with a tense 3-1 win over the Dolphins before a large sun-drenched crowd on “Soccer Community Day” Saturday at Sigmar Field.

The nation’s eighth-ranked Pirate women improved to 6-0 overall, and 4-0 in conference play, while the men, ranked No. 12 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America Poll, pushed their record to 5-0 and 3-0.

Women: PC 4, Shoreline 0

The Pirates were ready for a battle when they took to the field against Shoreline, a team that was unbeaten in conference play prior to Saturday, and a team that had racked up 26 goals. The PC women, who have yet to give up a goal, had scored 15 in their first five outings.

PORT ANGELES – Dr. Wally Sigmar and Jim Lunt both had to be smiling down on the Pirates as they shut out the Tacoma women and men in their home opener Tuesday at Sigmar Field.

The field was dressed out for the first home matches of the season and the nationally-ranked Peninsula College soccer teams treated the home fans to two impressive victories to remain unbeaten in 2014.

Sigmar was Peninsula’s president who led the effort to bring intercollegiate sports to the college. He is in the Northwest Athletic Conference Hall of Fame for his career as a player and a coach in the sport of soccer. The field was named in his honor following his passing in 2000. Lunt, who passed away only last month, was also part of the effort to resurrect sports at Peninsula in 1997 and was the Athletic Director at the college when Peninsula added soccer in 2000.

Women: PC 5, Tacoma 0

The Pirate women, ranked No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association Junior College Division I Poll, improved to 5-0 on the season with their fifth shutout, dominating the Titans from the opening kickoff.

PORT ANGELES - Saturday is “Community Soccer Day” at Peninsula College, as the Pirates host Shoreline in their only Saturday doubleheader of the season.

Players of all ages, youth soccer to high school, are invited to wear their team jerseys. Peninsula will offer free admission to the entire family of any player who arrives in a community soccer jersey.

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates host Tacoma for their women’s and men’s soccer home openers Tuesday and both games will be live streamed. Fans can click on the U-Stream button on the web page to view the games.

Both teams went unbeaten on the road as the 2014 season got under way two weeks ago and the women’s team has yet to give up a goal.

TUKWILA – The Pirate men and women outscored their opponents 14-2 and won all four matches at the 48-team Northwest Athletic Conference Friendlies Tournament Tuesday and Wednesday, playing against some of the strongest teams in the conference.

“This was a great result against four good opponents,” head men’s and women’s coach Kanyon Anderson said. “The teams are happy and enjoying the start of their season.”

Women: Pirates 1, Spokane 0

The Pirate women were coming off a surprising 4-0 win over defending South Division champion Clackamas Tuesday when they took the field against Spokane, a team that placed second in the East last year. It was Spokane’s third straight match. The Sasquatch defeated Shoreline 3-1 on Monday, and then shut out Southwest Oregon 4-0 Tuesday before facing the Pirates Wednesday.

TUKWILA – The nationally-ranked Peninsula College Pirates opened their 2014 season right where they left off – winning at Starfire.

The two-time defending Northwest Athletic Conference women shut out defending South Division champion Clackamas 4-0 Tuesday morning at the Starfire Sports Complex and two hours later, their counterparts, also two-time defending NWAC champs, dismantled perennial South Division power Chemeketa 5-1 in the men’s match.

The season opener marked the debut of Kanyon Anderson as head coach of the men’s team. Anderson, who has won four division titles and two NWAC titles in his four years as the head coach for the Pirate women, accepted the responsibility of coaching both programs this year.

“Coaching two games was a lot of fun,” Anderson said. “I get the opportunity to enjoy the game twice. We run a soccer program here, rather than separate teams, so the philosophies and expectations are the same.”

And on opening day, the outcome was also the same. A pair of decisive victories.

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College soccer program made history in 2013, and they hope to write the next chapter of that Northwest Athletic Conference history book when the 2014 season opens Tuesday with two teams united under one concept - and one head coach.

The players wear practice gear with a motto on their shoulders that reads: “strength through unity.”

The 2014 Pirates will be unified in their goal to win another championship - and both teams will be playing under the direction of head coach Kanyon Anderson, following the departure of men’s head coach Andrew Chapman in July.

“I wouldn’t have taken the position if I didn’t have a lot of support from my coaching staff,” Anderson said. “They know the system and know what is needed to be successful.”

That coaching staff includes Tim Tucker, Omar Anderson and Amanda Anderson, Kanyon’s wife. All of them are veterans of the Pirate soccer program and all have contributed to five NWAC championships and seven West Division titles, between the men’s and women’s teams, in the last four years.

“Both teams have the NWAC title as their goal,” Anderson said. “That is never easy and I think both teams are doing a good job of approaching it day by day.”

The Pirates, who last fall became the first college in NWAC history to win men’s and women’s back-to-back soccer titles, open their season at The NWAC Friendlies, a 48-team tournament Tuesday and Wednesday at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The women open against perennial South Division power Clackamas at 10:30 on Tuesday and the men then play 2011 NWAC champion Chemeketa at 2:30. On Wednesday, the PC women and men play perennial playoff contender Spokane in both games, at 10:30 and 12:30.

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College Director of Soccer and Head Men’s Soccer Coach Andrew Chapman is stepping out of coaching for a year.

On the heels of back-to-back Northwest Athletic Conference championships, the NWAC’s senior men’s soccer coach, who started his career at Peninsula in 2003, is taking a year off to pursue a professional development opportunity at Custom College Recruiting in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Peninsula has named Kanyon Anderson to serve as head coach for both teams this fall, said Director of Athletics Rick Ross. Anderson started his career as an assistant men’s coach in 2005 and was named women’s head coach in 2010.

PORT ANGELES – The two-time defending NWAACC champion Peninsula College women’s soccer team is reloading for 2014 with a list of 14 talented recruits representing five states.

“We have some incredible talent coming in for 2014,” head coach Kanyon Anderson said. “I think what defines this particular recruiting class is versatility, coachability and maturity. Each player can play a variety of positions, they are willing to work hard, and they all approach school, life and soccer in a way that should make them great additions to the soccer program and to the community.”

Anderson is racking up land and air miles on the recruiting path this spring in hopes of landing the caliber of talent that, combined with his returners, can compete for a third NWAACC title.

“Coach Anderson’s immediate and sustained success in collegiate women’s soccer has elevated our program to one of the best in the nation,” Director of Athletics Rick Ross said. “He works harder than most other coaches in the NWAACC and he’s also in a position where he can recruit for talent, physical ability, academics and character. He’s got a good thing going on here.”

The Pirates are graduating one of the most outstanding sophomore classes to ever play in the NWAACC, but Anderson remains confident about his future.

“Although we lose a lot in the way of graduating players, the cupboard is far from bare with a deep and talented returning class,” he said. “By adding the class of 2014, I think another championship run is possible.”

That championship run began with winter and spring training, it continued with a successful spring recruiting campaign, and it will play out in August when the Pirates kick off their 2014 season.