PORT ANGELES – The Seattle Stars, Western Oregon University and The Evergreen State College will join the Peninsula Pirates for a full day of spring exhibition soccer at the annual Rumble in the Rainforest, set for April 28 at Peninsula College.
The Rumble, sponsored by High Energy Metals and Drake’s Pizza, will provide a very good test for Peninsula’s returning freshmen, as well as all of the sophomores who will be playing at the next level in 2018-19.
“We are excited to compete against the high level players who will be here representing the Seattle Stars, Western Oregon, and Evergreen,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “Coach Anderson and Coach Hughes have put together a great tournament. Soccer fans of all ages will enjoy these matches.”
The Seattle Stars Football Club is an adult amateur elite club based out of King County. Founded in 2011, the Stars play in the Evergreen Premier Soccer League.
Western Oregon, a Division II university located in Monmouth, Oregon, is bringing its women’s team to the Rumble this year. The Wolves, who last fall were led by former Pirate Kai Mahuka, a senior defender named All-GNAC honorable mention, play in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. WOU finished sixth in that nine-team conference in 2017.
The Evergreen State College men fill out the Rumble’s guest roster. The Geoducks, an NAIA program, went 7-5-5 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play, completing their fourth straight season with a winning record.
The host Pirates, meanwhile, are coming off another outstanding showing in the Northwest Athletic Conference.
The smallest community college in Washington State climbed to No. 4 in the national junior college women’s soccer rankings and went unbeaten, winning 20 straight matches, before falling in overtime in the NWAC championship to claim second place. Along the way, the Pirate women won their seventh straight league championship.
The Peninsula men, meanwhile, winners of nine of the last 11 league titles, went 12-3-4 overall in 2017, placing second in the North Region, and bowing out in the first round of the playoffs. At one time, the Pirates were ranked No. 10 in the nation, but untimely injuries impacted their post season for the second straight year.
Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, veterans, alumni, and youth 13-17; $2 for children 12-under; and free to Port Angeles Youth Soccer Academy participants, as well as current Peninsula College students and employees.
10:15: Seattle Stars vs. Peninsula College (Women)
11:30: Seattle Stars vs. Peninsula College (Men)
12:45: Western Oregon vs. Seattle Stars (Women)
2:00: The Evergreen State College vs. Seattle Stars (Men)
3:15: Peninsula College vs. Western Oregon (Women)
4:30: Peninsula College vs. Evergreen State College (Men)