WWCC women shine in win over Lane

‘This is the best I've seen them look,' coach Chad Bodnar says following the 4-0 victory.

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WWCC's Jordan Rodriguez (middle) looks to the goal as she attempts to head the ball past Lane goalkeeper Erin Lewis (No. 21) Saturday afternoon.

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Walla Walla Community College's Paige Sorensen (second from right) watches her arching shot sail toward the goal during the Warriors game against Lane Community College Saturday. Sorenson's shot sailed over the keeper and into the back of the net to open the scoring for the Warriors.

WALLA WALLA - Forward Kaylie Winston scored one goal and assisted on two others to lead two-time defending NWAACC champion Walla Walla Community College to a 4-0 victory over Lane in women's soccer action Saturday afternoon at Warrior Field.

The win, coming in the conference opener for both schools, improved the Warriors' overall record to 4-0-1.

"This is the best I've seen them look," WWCC coach Chad Bodnar said. "We played really well. The effort level was good. We were sharp, which was good to see."

WWCC had four excellent scoring chances within the first 15 minutes of play. Shae Yuma was stoned on a breakaway by Titans' goalie Erin Lewis in the 10th minute; Winston was denied by Lewis at the 12-minute mark; Sam Johnson sent a straight-on free kick from 30 yards out just over the cross bar in the 14th minute; and Winston went above the top shelf on an opportunity in minute 15.

Walla Walla broke through at 19:13 when Winston crossed a pass to Paige Sorensen in deep on the right side of the pitch. Sorensen took possession in the box and beat Lewis with an aired shot to the far post.

"It was nice for Paige to get on the board," Bodnar said. "That will be a real confidence builder for her."

Winston once again displayed her distribution skills at 24:03 when she set up Ali Skogrand for the Warriors' second goal of the match.

WWCC added another marker just before intermission. This time, Sorensen set up Winston at 40:50.

"It was nice to see Kaylie involved on three of the goals," Bodnar said. "She makes everybody better with her passing ability. She's a very good passer and sets things up for us."

Jordan Rodriguez tallied Walla Walla's final goal off a Skogrand assist with 54:45 elapsed in the match.

"Lane is a decent team," Bodnar said. "They're usually in the (NWAACC) quarterfinals every year."

The Warriors will be on the road next weekend for contests against Chemeketa on Friday and Southwestern Oregon on Saturday.

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