WWCC's women's soccer team claims title; men finish second

This time it's the women who celebrate their first NWAACC title while the men settle for second.

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TUKWILA, Wash. -- The Walla Walla Community College men's and women's soccer teams reversed roles here Sunday at the Starfire Soccer Complex.

The Warrior women claimed the NWAACC championship with a 1-0 sudden death victory over Eastern Division rival Columbia Basin. The WWCC men, meanwhile, suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of Bellevue in the championship game.

One year ago, both Warrior teams reached the finals but it was the men's team that emerged with the championship while the women had to settle for a second-place finish.

The championship was the first in school history for the WWCC women's program. The Warriors, who finished the year with a 21-1-0 record, had reached the finals five times previously without winning.

For the Warrior men, who wrapped up a 14-4-1 record, it was their second trip to the finals in school history.

Mikey Ramos scored the lone goal for the Warrior men in the 90th minute to pull WWCC with 2-1. Bellevue had scored in the 24th minute and again at 55 minutes to fashion a 2-0 lead.

The Walla Walla women broke the scoreless tie in the seventh minute of a sudden death overtime.

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