Fans will have an opportunity to see some high-level soccer Saturday, April 27, when Peninsula College hosts teams from Olympic Peninsula Force out of Bremerton, Olympic Football Club out of Olympia, and Artesians II, also from Olympia, for the annual Rumble in the Rainforest.
Six, one-hour matches begin at 9:00 am and run through 4:30 pm on Wally Sigmar Field at Peninsula College. Admission is $5 for the general public (no passes) and free to current PC students and to children 12-under.
“I am looking forward to this event. It is a chance to see what next year’s team will look like as we will be playing with a freshman dominated roster,” said Pirate Women’s Head Coach Kanyon Anderson, coming off his fourth Northwest Athletic Conference championship. “After a tough loss to Western last weekend we are looking to improve and get back on the winning side of things.”
The Pirate women opened their spring scrimmage season last Friday where they fell to the Vikings at Western Washington University 3-0.
In addition to the nationally-ranked NWAC champions, who went 19-2-1 last fall, the women’s field features Oly-Pen Force, who went 8-9 in the Northwest Premier League in 2018, and Olympic FC, a women’s club team made up of college players and high school standouts from Olympia.
The PC men, meanwhile, who reached the playoffs for the 14th straight season last fall, are also preparing to test their freshmen.
“I'm excited about the teams coming in to the Rumble this year,” said PC Men’s Head Coach Jake Hughes. “It gives our freshmen players an opportunity to develop and prepare for upcoming season against well-coached opponents. It also give our sophomore players an opportunity to sharpen their skills before they move on. So far, we have had a great spring season, and the Rumble is a big part of it.”
In addition to the Pirates, who went 11-6-2 last fall, placing second in the North Region and earning a national ranking, the men’s tournament features Oly-Pen Force, an amateur club team that plays in the Evergreen Premier League where they placed fourth in the Cascade Division in 2018, and Artesians II, a team made up of college and community players from Olympia.
The Pirate men defeated Harbor Soccer Club from Gig Harbor 5-0 Sunday, April 14 in the first scrimmage of their spring schedule. They travel to Warner Pacific on May 4 and to Bellevue Community College on May 11 to close out their spring scrimmage schedule.
9:00 PC vs. Oly-Pen Force Women
10:15 PC vs. Oly-Pen Force Men
11:30 Olympic FC vs. Oly-Pen Force Men
12:45 Artesians II vs. Oly-Pen Force Men
2:00 PC vs. Olympic FC Women
3:15 PC vs. Artesians II Men
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