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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.

PORT ANGELES – The  Peninsula College soccer program has become a “Pirate Pipeline” to high level national university soccer.

A crowd of soccer players, coaches and parents filled the College’s Cornaby Center annex Wednesday, National Letter of Intent Day, officially signing letters committing to colleges and universities from Alaska to Alabama and from Texas to Connecticut.

“It’s a credit to our coaching staff, to the hard work of our student athletes, and to all those who support them here at Peninsula and in our community,” Director of Athletics Rick Ross said. “Director of Soccer and Head Men’s Soccer Coach Andrew Chapman, Head Women’s Soccer Coach Kanyon Anderson, and their staffs do a terrific job preparing their players to play at the university level. That’s one of the reasons they are so successful recruiting talented players. It’s no secret that our graduates are having tremendous success at the next level.”

It’s also no surprise that two teams that each won back-to-back championships in Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges soccer play, and two teams that are nationally ranked, would produce players physically and academically capable of playing on.

Pirate Women

Headlining the list of signees for the women’s team are Bri Afoa, Annie Armstrong, Shelbi Vienna-Hallam and Deidra Woodward.

Afoa, of Kapolei, HI, will play her next season at Division I Eastern Washington University in Cheney. She was the NWAACC Baden Player of the Year in 2012, the West Region Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013, the NWAACC Tournament MVP in 2012 and an NWAACC All-Star in 2012 and 2013.

“Bri leaves here with her name everywhere in our record books,” Anderson said. “I suspect she will have that same kind of legacy at Eastern Washington.”

Armstrong, of Olympia, landed a scholarship at Division I Louisiana Tech University, located just east of Shreveport. The midfielder and team captain was an NWAACC All-Academic winner and an NWAACC All-Star in 2013.

“Annie is the best defensive midfielder in the league in my opinion,” Anderson said. “Her toughness and ball winning ability make her a special player.“

   TUKWILA – The storied Peninsula College soccer program continues to write history.

   Dating back to the first soccer title match in 1974, no college had ever won back-to-back championships with both its women’s and men’s teams until the Pirates completed their second straight dream season Sunday night with thrilling victories over Edmonds and Clark in the 2013 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Soccer Championships, held at the Starfire Sports Complex.

   Peninsula’s soccer program is a family. They share coaches, they train together, they travel together and they are each other’s biggest supporters. On Sunday night, they celebrated and cried tears of joy together, hoisting their trophies, posing for photos and enjoying the fruit of labor that began on a practice field back in mid-August.

   “It was definitely one for the history books,” Director of Athletics Rick Ross said. “We have something going on here that is pretty special. Great coaches, great student athletes and great fans.”

   “I know we were the favorites, but the NWAACC is loaded with great athletes and great coaches and our kids had to work hard to repeat – and it didn’t come easily. We had some adversity. We had a call that didn’t go our way in the women’s match on Saturday and we had a starter who was injured in our men’s match on Saturday, and both teams rose to the occasion and brought back the trophies. I couldn’t be more proud.”

   The largest crowds of the tournament where there in black and gold, many sporting Pirate scarves, to see it unfold and to cheer on the Pirates through two windy and rainy semifinals on Saturday – and then more stormy weather on Sunday.

   For the men, currently ranked seventh in the nation, it was their third NWAACC Championship in four years. The road to the championship was also historic, as the Pirates, who held the No. 1 ranking in the NWAACC from post to post, finished with a 21-0-2 record, the best ever by an NWAACC men’s soccer team.

   The women also did something no NWAACC team has ever done. In just the fourth season of soccer at Peninsula, the women made three championship match appearances and posted two titles. They went 20-2-0 and were unbeaten against community college opponents. They finished the season ranked No. 13 among the nation’s junior colleges and also as the No. 1 team in the NWAACC.

   Alex Martinez repeated as the men’s Most Valuable Player of the Tournament and Dominique Niedziela won the Tournament MVP award for the women.

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