Warrior women win third straight title

The WWCC women edge Peninsula, 1-0, Sunday to win the NWAACC soccer championship and finish the season undefeated.

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TUKWILA - It seemed fitting that the NWAACC's leading scorer would tally the only goal of Sunday's women's soccer final at Starfire Stadium.

Walla Walla Community College's Kaylie Winston found the net in the 45th minute to lift the Warriors to a 1-0 victory over Peninsula and the program's third straight NWAACC title.

Walla Walla ended its championship season with a mark of 22-0-1 by notching its 18th shutout of the 2011 campaign. Walla Walla outscored its opponents 103-6 in its 23 matches including a 10-1 differential in three contests during the postseason.

"It's hard to go through a season undefeated," WWCC coach Chad Bodnar said. "It was a fun match to be a part of, and more fun to come out on top. It was a great final - a hard-fought, physical game."

Peninsula, which won the NWAACC's West Region title, concluded its season with a 17-3-3 record.

Winston, who was named the East Region's Most Valuable Player earlier this season and tabbed as the Final Four's Most Valuable Player following the title match, collected a pass from the back 10 yards past midfield, took four or five dribbles in on goal, and banged her 32nd goal of 2011 just inside the far post, Bodnar said.

"The kids defended well," Bodnar said. "They did what they had to do."

Sunday's final was the last community college match for WWCC sophomores Winston, Courtney Hancock, Shae Yuma, Heather Krebsbach, Sam Johnson, Ali Skogrand, Kara Churchman, and Sami Hansen.

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