Warrior men coast past South Puget Sound

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WWCC's Erik Vaught (No. 7) touches the ball past the South Puget Sound goalkeeper and into the net during the first half of their game Saturday afternoon.

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WWCC's Erik Vaught (No. 7) celebrates with teammates after scoring on a bicycle kick inside the 18-yard box Saturday against South Puget Sound Community College.

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Warrior Kyle Menchaca (left) and South Puget Sound Community College's Josiah Strain (right) tug at each other as Menchaca dribbles the ball toward the top of the box Saturday afternoon.

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College shook off a slow start, netted six first-half goals, and coasted to a 7-0 victory over South Puget Sound in NWAACC men's soccer action Saturday afternoon at Warrior Field.

The Warriors are now 4-1 on the season and have won three straight matches.

"We were playing a team we should be able to handle, but we didn't start particularly well," WWCC coach Chad Bodnar said.

After the sluggish beginning, WWCC had its way with the visitors. Kyle Menchaca used a Kentaro Bodzewski assist to put up Walla Walla's first goal in the 10th minute.

Hugo Monroy found the net from 30 yards away at the 12-minute mark to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead.

Jesse Macias knocked in a penalty kick 19 minutes into the opening half to increase Walla Walla's advantage to a hat trick.

Bodzewski and Menchaca reversed roles on the Warriors' fourth goal - a tally rung up in the 24th minute.

Erik Vaught picked up WWCC's next two goals.

The first occurred on a Jonathan Rodriguez assist in the 36th minute, and the second - a bicycle-kicking effort in front of the SPS goal - came about after a Zach Russell cross from the right side of the field one minute later.

"The goal Erik scored was pretty special," Bodnar said. "It was beautiful."

Ariel Chavez headed in Walla Walla's last goal of the match. It was set up by a Colten Sullivan assist in the 73rd minute.

"Our finishing around the net was good," Bodnar said. "We're starting to get a feel for where guys should play. It was a good performance."

The Warriors travel to Chemeketa and Southwestern Oregon next weekend.

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