WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College gave up a goal to the East Region-leading Columbia Basin Community College Hawks in the first minute of action here Saturday in NWAACC men's soccer action en route to a 1-1 draw.
The Warriors hung tough and got the equalizer in the 83rd minute to come away with the draw.
The tie drops CBC to 8-0-2 in East play. The Warriors end a three-game losing streak and improve to 5-3-2 in East play.
"We've been struggling," WWCC coach Chad Bodnar said. "We've had five season-ending injuries on this team. We weren't ready to start the match and gave up the goal in the first minute.
"We fought through and got a point (for a draw) out of it," Bodnar continued. "It's a good point and we had chances to win."
The Hawks' Raul Farias blasted a long drive from the right side that found traffic in front of the Warrior goal in the first minute of play. The ball snuck through and found the lower left corner for a 1-0 CBC lead.
"Going down a goal in the first minute, the way things have been going, they (the Warriors) could've quit," Bodnar said. "They didn't. I was proud of the guys and the way they fought."
The Hawks took advantage of a corner kick in the 10th minute. Ricky Chicas took the CBC corner and gathered in the rebound. Chicas fired from the left baseline, and the Hawks thought the ball went through the net. The referee allowed play to continue and ruled that it was not a goal. CBC coach Kyle Vierck filed a protest over the ruling of no goal, which will be resolved at a later date.
The Hawks outshot the Warriors 7-2 in the first half, but thanks to two diving saves from Warrior goalie Josh Lindsay, went to intermission only up 1-0. Lindsay denied Chicas in the 21st minute and denied Mikey Chavez in the 37th.
The Warriors only got two shots off a stingy Hawk defense and both of those were taken by Marco Acevedo.
"We settled in in the second half," Bodnar said. "We played a lot better than we did in the first half."
In the 65th minute, Acevedo got a ball through to the feet of Jesse Macias in front of the Hawk goal. Macias' shot clanked off the far post and the Warriors were denied.
WWCC earned its fourth corner kick of the second half in the 82nd minute and turned up the pressure. The corner was knocked away, but the Hawks couldn't clear the ball out of their end.
Austin Radebaugh kept the ball in the CBC end with a boot from midfield that fell into traffic in front of the Hawk goal.
Paul Herrera got enough control to turn and chip in a shot and the Warriors were even at 1-1.
"Austin hit it through," Herrera said. "It was bouncing in the air. I was trying to shoot it but a defender was on my back. I just poked it through."
WWCC made one last rush in the closing seconds. Martin Ramirez' cross found the head of Tyler Lawton, but there were too many Hawk defenders and Lawton couldn't get enough on the header as time ran out.
The Warriors, which avenged a 1-0 loss to the Hawks earlier in the month, will look for another positive result Wednesday at Treasure Valley.
"We had to get them back," Herrera said. "We couldn't let them beat us at home."
"Mentally (with all the injuries), its a struggle to figure out how we move forward," Bodnar said. "I'm hoping this (tie) gets us over the hump."