Walla Walla University goalkeeper Jon MClane (1) hangs his head after a penalty kick rests in the back of the net during the Wolves' 8-0 loss to Walla Walla Community College Thursday afternoon.
Photo by Matthew Zimmerman Banderas.
WALLA WALLA – Walla Walla Community College dominated the Wolves of Walla Walla University Thursday afternoon, winning by a score of 8-0 in men’s soccer play.
The crosstown rivalry pitted the undefeated Warriors (4-0) against the Wolves (1-5), and the goalkeeper for WWU, John McLane, was kept busy.
The Warriors put almost half of its 25 shots on goal, twelve in total. McLane was credited with 12 saves.
“It was a good game for us,” WWCC coach Chad Bodnar said. “We got to put a lot of guys on the field today. We got to play a lot of guys that haven’t played that much.”
The Warriors had seven different players score goals, with Kyle Menchaca scoring two.
WWCC scored its first three goals before WWU managed its first shot.
The Warriors scored goals at the 3-, 15- and 18-minute marks.
Jonathon Rodriguez struck first on a pass from midfield, shooting a grounder from the left side past McLane.
Jhony Mendoza assisted on the next score to Max Smith, who booted the goal from 25 yards away.
A penalty on WWU resulted into a free kick for Sergio Burgos. He knocked it into the right of the goal, with McLane freezing up and unable to move towards the ball.
WWCC led 3-0 at halftime with a 10-2 advantage in shots before exploding for five more goals in the second half.
A pass from WWCC’s Smith to Mario Guizar, in front of the goal at point-blank range, was booted into the net to start the second-half scoring.
Kentaro Bodzewski next slammed a shot past the WWU keeper from 30 yards.
It was 6-0 after Menchaca broke away from the defenders with the ball and booted it to the left of the Wolves keeper.
Menchaca was assisted by a cross from Perry McNamar to score the seventh goal of the game. That score was with 20 minutes remaining in the game.
Another penalty kick inside the box, this time for Eugeny Potanin, resulted in the final goal. It happened with a minute and a half remaining.
“It was a nice tune up to play Walla Walla University going into league,” Bodnar said. “It is good to get an extra game in, stay at home and that worked out good.”
The Warriors have their final preseason game next Tuesday at Clark College at 4:15 p.m. before hosting NWAACC foe Olympic on Sept. 15.
The Wolves play again today at 3 p.m. at home against Pacific University.