WALLA WALLA — Meghan Sorensen’s goal in the 13th minute proved to be the difference Wednesday afternoon as three-time defending NWAACC women’s soccer champion Walla Walla Community College hung on for a 1-0 victory over Columbia Basin in an East Division encounter at Warrior Field.
The Warriors, No. 4 in the latest NWAACC coaches poll, strengthened their hold on second place in the league standings while improving to their East Region record to 4-1-2 and overall mark to 5-2-2. WWCC trails first-place Spokane by two points and is now six tallies clear of third-place CBC, which fell to 2-3-2 and 3-3-2.
Sorensen’s goal came off a corner kick from teammate Paige Pontarolo. Pontarolo’s corner into the goal area was one-timed into the net by Sorensen.
Walla Walla ended up with 16 shots in the contest compared with just three for the Hawks.
Warrior coach Chad Bodnar expressed disappointment after the match with his team’s inability to finish.
“That (finishing plays that result in goals) is something we’re not doing very well right now,” said Bodnar, whose team has gone 1-1-2 in its last four matches and scored just three goals in that stretch. “We played poorly in front of goal. It’s frustrating for everybody. We’re a better side than we’ve been showing. We’re making games close that wouldn’t be close.”
Bodnar, though, is confident that the Warriors’ short-term doldrums will soon be a thing of the past.
“It will come. When it comes, we’ll be OK,” Bodnar said. “We need to be patient and get better at it.”
WWCC hosts top-ranked Peninsula in a rematch of last year’s NWAACC final on Saturday at noon.