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Peninsula soccer star Ash Apollon signs to play professionally in Thailand

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College’s Ash Apollon, arguably one of the most electrifying players in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, is leaving the Pirates a year early to go professional.

   The Portland athlete, who led the NWAACC in assists with 15, and was the NWAACC’s fourth leading scorer with 16 goals, has signed with Bangkok FC of the Thailand Premier League.

 The Pirate freshman was training and playing with the Puget Sound Gunners this spring before making the decision to turn pro.

   “Following some impressive displays for ISC’s U-23 PDL team, Ash Apollon has been asked to tryout at a professional club,” said head coach and ISC Gunners director of football Jimmy Ball. “We are proud to have been able to help Ash with this opportunity and we wish him all the very best of luck.”

   Peninsula Director of Soccer and Head Men’s Coach Andrew Chapman has some big shoes to fill replacing Apollon, as an athlete and also as an outstanding student.

   “Ash was a true pleasure to have around,” Chapman said. “He had a great fall season for us scoring the game winning goal in our college semifinal game. He is so strong in other avenues in his life we expect him to do really well.”

   Apollon’s Pirates became the first Peninsula College team in school history to go unbeaten, finishing with 21 wins and two ties as they won back-to-back NWAACC championships. They also finished 2013 ranked No. 7 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Junior College Division I poll.

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