WWCC women down Columbia Basin, 4-1

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PASCO — Three-time defending NWAACC champion Walla Walla Community College remains two points behind East Division-leading Spokane after posting a 4-1 women’s soccer victory over Columbia Basin here Saturday afternoon.

The Sasquatch routed Wenatchee Valley on Saturday, 13-0, to remain on top of the East standings.

Heading into the final week of regular-season play, CCS boasts an 11-1-2 record in league while WWCC checks in at 10-1-3. The teams are ranked second and third, respectively, in the latest NWAACC coaches poll.

Kahiesha Johnson got Walla Walla on the board first on Saturday with a goal at the 37-minute mark, assisted by Alli Madril.

“We didn’t start very well,” WWCC coach Chad Bodnar said. “We (were coming off) an emotional game against Spokane (on Wendnesday). Our performance in the first half was a sluggish one.”

Julie Belden gave the Warriors a 2-0 lead with an unassisted tally in the 47th minute.

After yielding a goal at 48 minutes, WWCC put the match away with two late goals. Marais Hicks made the best of a Paige Pontarolo assist to give Walla Walla a 3-1 lead with 65 minutes gone, and Meghan Sorenson added another insurance goal at the 83-minute mark.

“It was effort more than anything,” Bodnar said of his team’s second-half showing. “With effort comes goals. Our hard work around the box paid off for us.”

The Warriors play at Yakima Valley on Wednesday.

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