WALLA WALLA — Tahlia O’Loughlin scored in the eighth minute and fellow forward Justine Jones completed a hat trick with two goals in the final nine minutes of play Saturday afternoon to lead the top-ranked Walla Walla Community College women’s soccer team to a 4-0 victory over Shoreline in an NWAACC quarterfinal match at Warrior Field.
WWCC improved its record to 19-1 and will advance to the conference semifinals next Saturday.
Both semifinal matches and Sunday’s championship and consolation tussles will be played at the StarFire Sports Complex in Seattle.
Shoreline’s season ended with a mark of 8-5-4.
O’Loughlin’s goal, her 10th of the season, came off a Dominique Alston assist at 7:25.
"That was a big goal for us," WWCC coach Chad Bodnar said. "It was a goal of pure heart. She ran into the keeper and had the wind knocked out of her. Most players would have stayed away from that 50-50 challenge, but she ran through it and scored a great goal."
The Warriors maintained their one-goal edge until Jones put away her first tally, assisted by Becky Ryerse, at the 36:35 mark of half one.
"She came out and sparked us," Bodnar said of Jones, a reserve who had six goals in 2009 prior to her Saturday trifecta. "She peeled off the right side, Becky slotted a ball in behind the backs, and Justine tucked it in the left corner.
"We played as well as we’ve played all year in the first half," said Bodnar, whose team outshot the Dolphins 13-0 in the opening 45 minutes. "We had good movement off the ball. We could have finished more chances, but I was pretty happy."
Jones gave the Warriors a 3-0 lead by taking advantage of an Amanda Brusic assist at 81:40, then closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal, a chip with the left boot from 25 yards out on the right side, at 83:30.
"She was on fire today," Bodnar said. "It’s great to see. That’s an attribute of this team — that we have a lot of kids that can finish chances."
Walla Walla Community College outshot Shoreline 23-1. The Dolphins’ Michael Urbano recorded her team’s lone shot in the match — a try just inside the 18-yard box with 1:46 left that was stopped by Walla Walla keeper Jordan Simkins.
"Our back line played pretty well," Bodnar said. "It was pretty clean all day. We didn’t give Shoreline an opportunity to be dangerous."