WALLA WALLA — NWAACC East Division champion Walla Walla Community College celebrated Sophomore Day on Saturday afternoon with an 11-0 rout of division foe Wenatchee Valley in men’s soccer action at Warrior Field.
The Warriors, ranked third in the latest NWAACC coaches poll, ended their regular season 9-1-3 in league and will take a 14-1-3 overall record into a home quarterfinal match next Saturday. While a time has yet to be set, the opponent will be either Whatcom or Tacoma, WWCC coach Chad Bodnar said.
WVC concluded a forgettable 2012 campaign 0-12-1 and 2-15-1.
Ivan Chamorro gave Walla Walla a 1-0 edge just 2:35 after the opening whistle, assisted by Jon Rodriguez.
Perry McNamar set up Geovanny Vasquez for the Warriors’ second tally, a kick from in deep on the right that settled just inside the far post at the 24:12 mark.
Ariel Gonzalez chipped a cross from the right in front of the Wenatchee goal six minutes later that McNamar put away to bring WWCC’s advantage to 3-0.
Kentaro Bodzewski scored perhaps the game’s most attractive goal, an individual effort in which he outfoxed four Knights’ defenders, moved into scoring territory unabated, and beat a defenseless goalie Ruben Medina at 35:09 to make it 4-0.
McNamar pushed the Walla Walla margin to 5-0 at 36:28, off an assist by Mario Guizar.
Just when one might have thought that things could not get worse for the visitors, they did after halftime.
Gonzalez, assisted by Jovan Rojas, registered the Warriors’ sixth goal of the day at 50:17, Andres Idoeta scored at 61:30 and 64:10, off asissts by Brandon Babinski and Zach Russell, respectively, Evgeny Potanin recorded two goals — one unassisted and one assisted by Idoeta — at 70:06 and 75:16, and Rojas closed out the scoring at 85:19, assisted by Russell.
“We had an opportunity to get a lot of our athletes into the match,” Bodnar said. “We’re all looking forward to the quarterfinals next week and being challenged by a good opponent.”
Saturday’s match was the final regular-season counter at home for WWCC sophomores Bodzewski, Chamorro, Russell, McNamar, Potanin, Rodriguez, Kyle Menchaca, Colten Sullivan, Ty Gillam, Jake Helm, Hugo Monroy, and Connor Cravens.