DES MOINES — Walla Walla Community College’s men remained undefeated while its women settled for a draw during NWAACC soccer action with Highline here Saturday afternoon.
The men, who currently lead the NWAACC’s East Division, got a goal from Jonathan Rodriguez in the 15th minute, assisted by Kyle Menchaca, and hung on for a 1-0 triumph.
“We played well,” WWCC coach Chad Bodnar said. “We had to organize and defend well. We did a good job and got a good result on the road.”
WWCC’s Kahiesha Johnson, set up by Marais Hicks, scored at the three-minute mark of the women’s contest, but a Thunderbirds’ tally in the 51st minute evened the score.
The teams ended play knotted at 1-1.
“You’ve got to score goals to win,” Bodnar said. “We didn’t finish. It was a disappointing result. We expect more than what we’ve been getting.”
Walla Walla’s men, ranked second in the latest NWAACC coaches poll, improved their league record to 3-0-2 and overall mark to 8-0-2.
The Lady Warriors, three-time defending NWAACC champions and No. 2 in the most-recent women’s poll, are 3-1-2 in league and 4-2-2 overall. Their tie, coupled with Spokane’s 3-2 loss to Peninsula on Saturday, pulled them within two points of the first-place Sasquatch in the East standings.
Both teams host Columbia Basin on Wednesday. The women’s match kicks off at 2 p.m. and the men’s game follows at 4:15.