WWCC in soccer playoffs

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WALLA WALLA - The Highline men and the Clark women will be in town Saturday to face Walla Walla teams in the quarterfinal round of the NWAACC Soccer Championships.

The Thunderbirds, who finished second in the NWAACC's Western Division with a 13-1-3 overall record, face the WWCC men at 1:30 p.m. The women's match between Clark, which finished third in the South at 7-11 overall, and Walla Walla precedes the men's game and will begin at 11 a.m.

Both contests will be played on the Warriors' campus field on Tausick Way.

Walla Walla's men and women are hosting the quarterfinals after capturing Eastern Division championships during the regular season and earning first-round byes in the process.

The Warrior men won the East with a 9-1-3 record and are 12-2-3 overall. The WWCC women posted a perfect 15-0 record in the division and are also undefeated on the season at 19-0-1.

In Saturday's other men's quarterfinals, Chemeketa entertains Whatcom at North Salem High School at 1 p.m., Peninsula hosts Everett at 2 p.m. and Edmonds is at home against Olympic at 7 p.m.

Chemeketa captured the Southern Division championship and is 14-2-3 overall, Peninsula is the Western Division champion and is 17-0-2 for the season, and Edmonds ruled the North and is 9-8-1 on the season. Whatcom (8-6-2) and Everett (6-10-1) both represent the North and Olympic (8-7-4) the West.

Spokane travels in Peninsula for a noon match, Lane visits Everett at 2 p.m. and Green River plays Clackamas at Oregon City High School at 7 to round out the women's quarterfinal round.

Everett (12-5-2) is the North champion, Peninsula (15-2-3) the West and Clackamas (10-5-1) the South. Spokane (15-5-0) finished second behind the Warriors in the East, Lane (9-7-3) was runner-up to Clackamas in the South and Green River (12-4-4) followed Everett in the North standings.

The Highline men and the Clark women are both coming off of key playoff wins on Wednesday to earn their tickets to the quarterfinals. The Thunderbirds nipped South Puget Sound 2-1 and the Penguins edged Highline 1-0.

In Thursday's other men's playoff contests, Everett eliminated Treasure Valley 3-1, Whatcom knocked Columbia Basin out of the tournament with a 1-0 victory and Olympic ousted Clark 1-0. On the women's side, Spokane roughed up Edmonds 5-1, Green River blanked Yakima 2-0 and Clark defeated Highline 1-0.

The women's semifinals are slated for 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the 19th, with men's semifinals scheduled for 3:30 and 6 p.m. the same day. The women's championship game is set for 3 p.m. followed by the men's title game at 5:30 on the 20th.

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