Warrior women to face Everett in soccer final four

Everett is the only squad WWCC has not beaten this season.

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WALLA WALLA - After shellacking Clark College, 6-0, last Saturday, Walla Walla Community College now moves on to face Everett in the semifinals of the NWAACC women's soccer playoffs at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Starfire Complex in Tukwila, Wash.

Everett (14-5-2) is the first seed out of the North region and defeated Lane, 2-1, in the quarterfinal round. Everett is the only team WWCC has not beaten this season; the Warriors tied with the Trojans on Sept. 5.

"They're (Everett) an athletic team," WWCC coach Chad Bodnar said. "It's (the draw with Everett) the only tie we have on our record this year, so they gave us some trouble."

The match with Everett was the second of back-to-back games for WWCC, and Bodnar said conditioning was partially responsible.

"They (Everett) were fresh and we weren't in shape," Bodnar said. "Athletically (now) we're as good or better than anybody we're going to play in the NWAACC, so we just have to come out and do the things that we do well. If we can do that then we have a chance to play Sunday."

Walla Walla's win Saturday moves it to 21-0-1 overall. The Warriors are the two-time defending NWAACC champions after winning the title in 2009 and 2010. Previous to that, WWCC was the runner-up four years in a row from 2005-08.

"That's (playing in the championship) something that's become a tradition here. They (the players) expect to be playing Sunday," Bodnar said. "I think it speaks volumes to the program, the players and the support we receive from the university that this is the sixth time we've been in the championship game in a row."

Everett has not advanced to the championship round of the playoffs before.

Walla Walla sophomore forward Kaylie Winston of Pasco scored four goals in the victory over Clark. Winston was recently named the 2011 East region MVP.

"She's been playing really well and we hope that she carries that on into the next couple of games," Bodnar said. "She just passed the 30-goal mark, so she's handled a lot of our offense this year."

Listed as a midfielder on WWCC's website, Sami Hansen was also named to the NWAACC all-star team as a forward.

Hansen and Winston produce most of WWCC's offense, Bodnar said.

"She's (Winston) having a great year, she's carried us in terms of the goals scoring," Bodnar said. "Sami Hansen has carried us quite a bit, too, so they've been the ones scoring most of our goals. Hopefully they can continue to do that this weekend when everyone knows they score the majority of our goals."

Walla Walla had eight players named to the all-star team overall. In addition to Hansen and Winston, midfielders Kathryn Knowlton and Paige Sorensen, defenders Kahiesha Johnson, Samantha Johnson and Heather Krebsbach and goalkeeper Courtney Hancock all made the team.

"It's neat," Bodnar said. "We've had seven before, but to get eight (players on the all-star team), it speaks to the respect people have for our program.

"The bad thing is that it doesn't count Saturday," he said. "It's a nice thing, but it's something that we have to put in our back pocket Saturday and just go play."

Bodnar was also awarded coach of the year for the East Region.

"It's nice, but it is what it is," Bodnar said. "I'd give it all away to go win a championship and move on. It speaks to the kids, the coaches and the school as a whole."

Should Walla Walla win Saturday, they face the winner of Peninsula-Clackamas Sunday at 3 p.m. the at Starfire Complex.

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