Peninsula College’s Cesar Gervacio, left, and Sydney Warren, right, were named the Northwest Athletic Conference’s most valuable players for men and women’s soccer.

COLLEGE SOCCER: Pirates dominate men and women’s all-star teams

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Northwest Athletic Conference scoring leaders Sydney Warren and Cesar Gervacio of Peninsula College were named this week as the NWAC’s Soccer League North Region Most Valuable Players, while Peninsula’s Kanyon Anderson repeated as Coach of the Year.

Peninsula College will be well represented on all-star teams with 22 players earning NWAC postseason honors.

Warren, a sophomore from Maple Valley who leads the NWAC in scoring, was named MVP and also earned a spot as a North Region All-Star forward along with teammate Jordyn DiCintio, a sophomore from San Diego.

Warren led the NWAC in goals and scoring — by a huge margin. She scored 30 goals and had 67 points (30 goals, seven assists). DiCintio, a transfer from Washington State, led the NWAC in assists with 28 and was fourth in the NWAC in points with 40 (six goals, 28 assists).

Joining Warren and DiCintio on the North Region All-Star Team are Kelly Kevershan, a sophomore midfielder from Tucson; Janis Martinez-Ortiz, a sophomore midfielder from Las Vegas; Sam Guzman, a freshman defender from Corona, Calif.; and Akari Hoshino, a sophomore goal keeper from Adachi, Japan.

Also earning recognition as North Region All-Conference selections are Sarah Reiber, a sophomore midfielder from Yakima; Maddy Parton, a sophomore forward from Leavenworth; and Malia Brudvik, a sophomore defender from Auburn.

“These players are all very deserving and I am proud of them,” said head coach Kanyon Anderson, who this year shared North Region Coach of the Year honors with Mary Schroeder of Whatcom. “They are talented, but also great teammates who play for the team and not for their own recognition. They know that without a great team around them, they would not have the success they do.”

The Pirates also led the NWAC again this year with the number of student athletes receiving All-Academic honors with Emilee Greve, Tatiana Hagan, Kelly Kevershan, Jayna Morikawa, Maddy Parton, Emelie Small, Sydney Warren and Yasmin Escobar all earning that award.

“It is such a bonus to have players who are committed to their education,” Anderson said. “That’s what this is really all about and these eight set a high standard for the rest of the players.”

If Peninsula defeats Tacoma in Friday’s 12:30 p.m. NWAC semifinal playoff at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, they will play at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the NWAC championship. If the Pirates fall on Friday, then their five All-Stars will participate in the NWAC’s annual All-Star Game at 9:30 Sunday morning, also at Starfire.

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Gervacio, a sophomore from San Jose, Calif.,, who led the NWAC in scoring through the regular season, was named MVP for the second straight year, as well as an All-Star forward.

Gervacio really broke out this year with 18 goals and 41 points (18 goals, five assists), leading the NWAC in both categories.

Joining him on the list of All-Star forwards is fellow San Jose native Juan Carrillo-Perez, also a sophomore. Carillo-Perez was third in the NWAC in goals with 15 and third in points with 36 (15 goals, six assists). Peninsula’s Adrian Benitez, a sophomore from Riverbank, Calif., and Jose Serna, a freshman from Cowiche, were named All-Star midfielders, and freshman Sterling Penniston-John of Las Vegas was named as an All-Star defender.

Earning All-Conference recognition for the Pirates were Joey Hollimon, a sophomore from Las Vegas; Sergio Gonzalez Reyes, a sophomore from Reno, Nev.; and Michael Benito, a freshman from San Diego.

“I’m extremely proud and pleased that we have five All-Stars being recognized for their hard work and determination,” head coach Jake Hughes said. “These players, along with our All-Conference selections, have represented the program well and fully deserve the recognition.”

The five Pirate All-Stars will play in the NWAC’s annual All-Star Game at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

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