WWCC advances to NWAACC championship after beating Everett, 3-1

The Warriors are ranked No. 1 in the final NWAACC poll.

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TUKWILA - Two-time defending champion Walla Walla Community College earned a berth in today's NWAACC championship women's soccer match here Saturday morning with a 3-1 semifinal victory over Everett at Starfire Stadium.

The Warriors, ranked No. 1 in the final NWAACC poll, improved to 21-0-1 overall and will play Peninsula - a 1-0 winner over Clackamas in Saturday's other semifinal - at 3 p.m. today.

Walla Walla's Kaylie Winston commenced the match's scoring with her NWAACC-leading 31st goal of the season. She found the net off of a corner kick booted by teammate Samantha Johnson in the 15th minute.

Christina Jarvis tallied the equalizer for the Trojans off a Kayla Thistle assist at the 21-minute mark.

The teams went to halftime even at 1-1.

"We didn't play very well in the first half," WWCC coach Chad Bodnar said. "It was probably the worst half we've played all year."

WWCC's Ali Skogrand scored in the 55th minute off another Johnson corner to re-establish a one-goal Warrior edge.

Meghan Sorensen added an insurance goal for Walla Walla in the 74th minute after being set up by Winston.

"Everett worked hard," Bodnar said. "They wanted to advance (to the title match). They didn't back down.

"We had a lot of chances in both halves," Bodnar said. "But we got through it (the semifinal) and that's what matters."

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