WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Community College men's soccer team battled Columbia Basin to a 1-1 tie here Wednesday afternoon.
Walla Walla outshot the Hawks 16-4, and put seven shots on goal, including the goal. This was in comparison to just the one goal on target for the Hawks.
"We played alright," WWCC coach Chad Bodnar said. "Going forward it is that last pass or last finish inside the box that we need. We didn't finish our chances today, but we didn't play badly."
Both goals were scored in the first half, in which the Warriors outshot the Hawks, 9-3.
The Warriors struck first, just 14 minutes into the game, when Kentaro Bodzewski kicked a ball hard off the body of Hawks goalie Shad Harp. The ricochet bounced to the Warriors' Luis Alcala, who knocked it to the right and past Harp into the net.
"He (Luis Alcala) did a good job of anticipating the bounce of the ball," Bodnar said, "The ball was hustled down by Alcala and he kicked it in for the score.
"It put us ahead, but then we let them back into the game with a goal of their own. We let a man (Mikey Chavez) free in front of the box - a nice goal on his part - but we should have been there to shut him down."
The goal for CBC came in the 38th minute of the first half, right before the intermission. The goal was scored on a cross by Eddie Beltran to Chavez, who booted the ball from the middle of the field into the right-hand corner of the net.
One other golden scoring opportunity for the Warriors resulted in a shot-on-goal in the first half.
In the 12th minute of the first half, Bodzewski received a pass from Jesse Macias in front of the goal.
Bodzewski booted the ball 20 yards left-to-right and was stopped by a diving fingertip save by Harp.
A header by Martin Ramirez just missed to the right in the seventh minute of the first half off the short corner kick by Macias to Mikey Luhr into the box on a cross.
The second half saw seven shots by WWCC, four on-goal, but no counters.
A deep foul kick from 35 yards by Ramirez bounced over Harp's head, but was kicked out of the goal by defender Jordan Jones, who was positioned to the back side of Harp.
In the 21st minute of the second half, Macias booted a shot-on-goal from the far left corner, headed for the net when Harp leaped high and saved it.
The third shot-on-goal of the half for the Warriors was on a corner kick where the Luhrs smacked it high and over the leaping Harp's head, but defender Jones was there again to boot it away from the goal line.
The fourth SOG of the half for the Warriors was on a corner kick by Macias, who crossed it high and into the middle of the box. Lupito Salazar headed it on target to the right side, but Harp dove and batted it out of bounds in the 34th minute of second half.
"We had several balls that bounced around in the box," Bodnar said. "We just need to anticipate a little better, get another kick at it and then we're in, we score. Unlucky, but we move on."
The Hawks had just one shot - not on-goal - in the second half.
Macias led the Warriors with three shots, one on-goal. Ariel Chavez added two shots and Alcala had shot to go with his goal in the game.
The Warriors gained a standings point in the NWAACC East Region with the tie and are currently in first place, nine points ahead of Spokane.
Walla Walla needs only one more standings point to clinch the title, and hosts Spokane at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.
"We have two regular season games left," Bodnar said. "We are close to clinching the division and we are in a good spot. We just need to finish some of our chances inside the box. If we do that, it is over and done with."
The Warriors are now 11-2-2 overall and 8-1-2 in the conference.