WALLA WALLA — Visiting Northwest University managed just three shots and one goal Saturday afternoon during a women’s collegiate soccer match with Walla Walla Community College at Warrior Field.
But the first-half marker proved the difference as the Eagles held on for a 1-0 triumph over the Warriors.
Northwest University, playing its fourth match in five days, improved its record to 1-1-2. The Eagles started the week on Tuesday with a draw at North Idaho.
After being embarrassed at Central Washington, 8-0, on Wednesday, Northwest rallied from a 3-0 halftime deficit on Friday to earn a 3-3 tie at Whitman.
Walla Walla, which opened its 2009 campaign on Tuesday with a 3-0 shutout of Eastern Oregon, slipped to 1-1.
Walla Walla’s best scoring opportunity came just minutes before Northwest tallied the match’s only goal.
Freshman forward Margo Hickman got off three point-blank shots inside the Eagles’ goal box. Her first try was stopped by Northwest goalkeeper Jessica Kane, the second was cleared off the line by an Eagles’ defender, and the last sailed over the cross bar.
Northwest tallied in the 38th minute thanks to the efforts of two reserves. Carley Lebengood accepted a pass from the top of the box off the boot of teammate Melissa Newhouse and beat Warrior goalie Analisa Androlowicz to the far post with a 20-yard bullet from the right wing.
"That was a sweet assist," Northwest coach Erin Redwine said. "I’m glad my reserves had success. It feels good to know my reserves can come in and make an impact."
Walla Walla’s best chance in half two came midway through the period. Hickman hammered a shot in the goal area that was stopped by Kane and Dominique Alston followed with an attempt off the rebound that eluded Kane, but trickled past the near post.
"Our finishing was bad from the get go," WWCC coach Chad Bodnar said. "If we had finished one (chance) in the first half, we would have won 5-0 or 5-1."
While the Eagles won with a minimal number of shots, the Warriors racked up 20, but had nothing to show for it when the final whistle sounded.
"If you don’t finish, you’re not going to win games," Bodnar said. "It was one of those days.
"We lost our composure toward the end of the game," said Bodnar, whose team was called for 19 fouls compared to only eight for Northwest. "We’ve got a long week of training ahead."
Walla Walla plays its first match of the season against an NWAACC opponent on Saturday when it travels to Olympic.