College soccer: Pirate men, women get No. 1 NWAACC ranking

The Peninsula College Pirate men’s and women’s soccer teams are off to an historic start for the 2012 season.

On the same day they knocked off West Division arch rival Highline on the Thunderbirds’ field, NWAACC officials announced Sept. 19 that both Peninsula soccer squads are ranked No. 1 among all of the community colleges in Washington and Oregon in the Alaska Airlines Coaches’ Poll.

This marks the first time in Peninsula College history that two teams achieved the top ranking in the same season.

Peninsula's men knocked off Highline 2-0 behind goals by Morgan Lemus and Daniel Gonzales while Guilherme Avelar recorded the shutout. On the women's side, Brianna Estrellado broke a deadlock with at goal at 79 minutes for a 2-1 Peninsula victory.

The victories over the Thunderbirds yesterday was huge, said college athletic director Rick Ross. 

“Typically (Highline's) Thunderbirds represent our toughest competition in the West Division, and for us to win those games on their home turf sets us up well for the possibility of repeating as West champions," Ross said. 

"There is a lot of soccer left to play, and everyone will be gunning for us, but it’s a credit to our coaches, players and fans to be where we are now, and we have high hopes of pushing all the way through the Final Four," Ross said.

The Pirates have two home games this Saturday. The women play Yakima in a conference game at noon, and the men play North Idaho in a non-conference game at 2 pm. Admission is free.
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