PORT ANGELES - The Jake Hughes era of Pirate soccer begins this summer when the Peninsula College men's soccer team opens at the 2017 NWAC Friendlies Aug. 24-25 at the Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila.
The storied soccer program's fourth head coach helped the Pirates win an NWAC championship in 2015, and he helped them reach the quarterfinals last year, both years as an assistant coach. The former Pirate standout, who picked up an NWAC championship ring himself as a player back in 2010, is now directing the program.
The Peninsula men began training on Aug. 5 and will take to the pitch for the first time under Coach Hughes in a scrimmage at the University of Victoria on Sunday at 1 p.m.
"This group is packed with great characters and quality," Hughes said of his 2017 roster. "They have really pushed themselves through the first week and I'm excited to see them develop as Peninsula College players."
The Pirates return four sophomores in North Region most valuable player Cesar Gervacio of San Jose, California; North All-Star Juan Carrillo, also of San Jose; North All-Conference Joey Hollimon of Las Vegas, Nevada; and Sergio Gonzalez-Reyes of Reno, Nevada.
Hughes' first recruiting class includes Jesse Salgado of Port Angeles, Josiah Urique of Sequim, Darius Ochoa of Seattle, Jose Serna of Yakima, Tristan Landry of Kenai, Alaska, Calvin Aguirre of Las Vegas, Yuki Lavoie of Kallua Kona, Hawaii, Joshua Lopez of Walkoloa, Hawaii, Peter Jones of British Columbia, Manuel Galiano of Italy, and three players from California, including Noah Scofield of Stockton, Michael Benito of Vista, and Stefanus Brown of Vista.
Pirates, who fell to NWAC champion Tacoma in a shootout in the quarterfinal round, officially finished the season with 16 wins, no losses and three ties in 2016. A shootout in soccer does not impact the win-loss record, but rather enables one team to advance following a tie.