A cold rain patters down on WWCC's Tash Anderson as she leaves the field following the Warriors' 0-0 tie against Spokane Communtiy College Wednesday afternoon at the Walla Walla soccer pitch. The tie kept Spokane in first place and prevented the second place Warriors from reaching their 10th consecutive NWAACC East Region Championship.
Photo by Jeff Horner.
WALLA WALLA — The top spot in the NWAACC East Division women’s soccer standings was at stake Wednesday afternoon when three-time defending NWAACC champion Walla Walla Community College hosted league-leading Spokane.
The Sasquatch, No. 2 in the latest NWAACC coaches poll, entered the day with a two-point edge over third-ranked WWCC.
After a 90-minute struggle in less-than-adequate weather conditions, the teams ended the day where they began after playing to a scoreless draw.
CCS is now 10-1-2 in the East and 11-1-3 overall. Walla Walla is 9-1-3 and 10-2-3.
Though victory eluded his team, WWCC coach Chad Bodnar praised his squad afterward.
“We knew we had to get three points,” Bodnar said. “We played really well. We played hard and defended well. We have nothing to hang our heads about.”
The Warriors held a 7-6 advantage in shots. One of their best chances came on a corner kick in the closing seconds of the contest. But the action that followed in front of the Spokane net did not result in a goal.
“It wasn’t our day,” Bodnar said.
WWCC goalie Kylie Mascol did her part to keep her team in contention with three saves.
Wednesday’s tie dampened prospects for the 2012 Warriors to earn the program’s 10th straight division crown. The team has three regular-season matches remaining.
“All we can do is handle our business and beat our next three opponents,” Bodnar said. “We will have to take a hard road to get back to (the NWAACC semifinals).”
That road may include a loser-out match at home on Nov. 7 and a quarterfinal matchup on the road three days later.
Walla Walla plays an East Division game at Columbia Basin on Saturday.