Soccer players from Port Angeles, Kent, Leavenworth, Coupeville, Carmichael, Calif., and Pleasanton, Texas, are among those to commit to play for the inaugural Peninsula College women's soccer team.
Peninsula head coach Kanyon Anderson and his staff are busy building the Pirate women's program, signing Port Angeles' Neeya Hansen to a letter of intent to play for the Pirates this fall. She played the striker position for the Roughriders and was named Olympic League honorable mention as the league's eighth-leading scorer.
Joining Hansen are Krystal Daniels, a goalkeeper from Kentridge High School, captain of her soccer team in 2009; Michele Harrod, a defender from Cascade High School in Leavenworth who was a four-year letter winner in soccer and track, and a standout student in academics and art; Ashley Manker, a goalkeeper from Coupeville High where she was second-team All-League and the 2009 Most Valuable Player; Kristen Atkins, a soccer and track MVP from Carmichael, Calif.; and Dalyn Jones, a midfielder/striker from Texas who was a three-year starter for the Lady Eagles - a team that has reached the playoffs nine consecutive years - and an academic standout, with all-district academic honors for three years.
"I'm pleased with who we have," Anderson said. "We have a good group of strikers and two very solid goalkeepers."
The Pirates have about 16 athletes involved in the inaugural program, including a number of walk-ons.
Anderson was in Alaska last week, scouting two regional tournaments in search of a strong center back and speed in the outside midfield positions.