Walla Walla Community College women smash Wenatchee 11-1 to end regular season

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WALLA WALLA ­— Walla Walla Community College’s women’s soccer team ended its 2012 regular season by overpowering Wenatchee Valley in an NWAACC East Division match Saturday afternoon at Warrior Field.

WWCC, No. 3 in the latest NWAACC coaches poll, got at least one goal from eight different players in an 11-1 pawning of the Knights.

Paige Pontarolo, Jordan Rodriguez, and Olivia Rodgers scored two goals apiece as Walla Walla improved to 12-1-3 in league, 12-2-3 overall, and ended the regular season in second place in the East behind Spokane, which wrapped up the division title with a 7-0 win over Treasure Valley on Saturday.

The Warriors will enter the postseason as the East’s No. 2 seed and host Clark, which finished third in the NWAACC South, on Wednesday for the right to advance to next weekend’s quarterfinal round. Kickoff for the contest has yet to be determined.

Wenatchee ended its season 0-15-1 and 0-18-1.

It took WWCC just 42 seconds to claim the game’s first goal. Marais Hicks tallied, assisted by Julie Belden.

Pontarolo picked up Walla Walla’s second and third goals of the match, both unassisted, at the 7:41 and 14:14 marks, respectively.

Tash Anderson scored her team-leading 15th goal at 17:15 to give the Warriors a 4-0 lead.

Rodriguez made it 5-0 off a cross from Gabi Kurz at 19:26.

Olivia Rodgers produced the final goal of half one, set up by a Kurz cross, with 32:43 gone in the contest.

In the second half, Rodgers commenced another WWCC scoring blitz at 48:39. This goal was assisted by Darenda Miller.

Over the next 19 minutes, Walla Walla netted four more goals — Miller from Anderson at 50:26, Belden from Hicks at 52:58, Rodriguez from Miller at 60:40, and Kurz from Miller at 67:57.

“It was nice to play a lot of athletes and get through the match without any injuries,” WWCC coach Chad Bodnar said. “We should be at full strength heading into the postseason.”

Saturday’s match was the last regular-season encounter at Warrior Field for WWCC sophomores Kurz, Rodriguez, Miller, Kie Johnson, Kat Knowlton, Hayley Couture, Peyton Moon, Emily Jordan, Chynna Dickey, and Paige and Meghan Sorensen.

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