TUKWILA, Wash. - Justine Jones tallied a goal just 1:47 after the opening whistle here Sunday afternoon as Walla Walla Community College claimed its second consecutive NWAACC women's soccer championship with a 2-0 victory over Clackamas at the Starfire Sports Complex.
The early tally was the fourth of the weekend for Jones, who notched a hat trick on Saturday in WWCC's semifinal win over Bellevue, 5-1.
For her efforts, Jones was named the Final Four's Most Valuable Player.
"It was a good win, a good result for sure," said WWCC coach Chad Bodnar, who guided the 2010 Warriors to a final record of 20-0-2.
The goal by Jones came off an indirect free kick from the top of the 18-yard box. The Clackamas keeper got a hand on the ball, but could not prevent it from crossing the goal line.
"We had a little luck, but it was a good shot," Bodnar said.
The Warriors and Cougars played on even terms the remainder of the half.
"We scored an early goal, but lost it (momentum) a little bit," Bodnar said.
Margo Hickman doubled Walla Walla's lead in the 66th minute with her NWAACC-leading 28th goal that was assisted by Brittney Lacey.
"Brittney delivered a ball from the right side that Margo got on the end of and first-timed it," Bodnar said. "We played a lot better in the second half. We defended well and organized."
Sunday's appearance in the NWAACC Final was the sixth in succession for the Warrior program and the last NWAACC contest for nine WWCC sophomores - Lacey, Hickman, Jones, Jamie Balcom, Dominique Alston, Becky Ryerse, Lena Miraglio, Amanda Keebler, and Jordan Simkins.
The two championship seasons they were a part of ended with a mark of 40 wins, one loss and two ties.