TUKWILA - Justine Jones tallied a hat trick Saturday to lead defending champion Walla Walla Community College to a 5-1 rout of Bellevue in one of two NWAACC women's soccer semifinal matches played at the Starfire Sports Complex.
The Warriors, now 20-0-2 on the season, will play Clackamas today at 3 p.m. for the NWAACC title. It seems only fitting since the teams were tied for the No. 1 spot in the final NWAACC poll released Nov. 9.
Brittney Lacey got WWCC on the board with an unassisted goal in the 26th minute of action.
Jones made the most of a Kaylie Winston assist in the 30th minute to give Walla Walla a two-goal edge, a lead it would take into halftime.
Marianne Johnson set up Jones for her second goal of the match in minute 49.
"The second goal from Justine was a real lift," WWCC coach Chad Bodnar said. "It took the wind out of them."
Winston gave the Warriors a 4-0 advantage with a goal in the 59th minute.
Margo Hickman, the NWAACC leader in goals with 27, displayed her ability to distribute in the 64th minute by setting up the final goal by Jones.
Abigail Stuart helped the Bulldogs avoid the shutout in the 84th minute.
"It took us a little while to get started, but the kids played really well," Bodnar said. "Justine played well. She created a lot of chances for herself and for other people."
Clackamas knocked off Spokane, 3-2, in Saturday's other semifinal contest to stretch its unbeaten streak to 15 matches. The Cougars trailed 2-0 at halftime, but scored twice in the final 23 minutes of the second half to force overtime. Clackamas and CCS played two scoreless overtime periods before the Cougars outkicked Spokane 3-0 in a shootout.
"It should be a good game and hopefully we'll come out on top," Bodnar said.
Today's championship match will be carried live online at www.livestream.com/superfantv.