Walla Walla Community College midfielder Marais Hicks (middle) connects on a score with Wenatchee Valley’s Taylor Mackenzie (right) in pursuit at Warrior Field Wednesday. WWCC won the match 6-0 as Hicks scored twice.
WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Community College women’s soccer team vaulted to the top of the NWAACC East Region stadings with a commanding win against Wenatchee Valley College Wednesday.
The Warriors out-shot the Knights by a 42-2 mark en route to a 6-0 win. Both Delaney Romero and Marais Hicks netted two scores for WWCC, as Walla Walla dominated possession throughout the second half.
“It was a little different (defense) than what we’ve been playing against and it gave us some trouble in the first half,” Walla Walla head coach Chad Bodnar said. “But I think we adjusted well and we started to move the ball a little bit quicker than in the first half and I think that made a big difference for us.”
The win vaulted the Warriors past Spokane Community College for first in the East Region. Spokane handed Walla Walla its only loss of the year on Oct. 10.
Walla Walla jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half behind scores from Romero in the 23rd minute and Oryian Matheny in the 32nd minute. Romero, the leading scorer on the team, added to her impressive day in the second half with another score in the 72nd minute.
Olivia Rodgers tossed a throw-in to Romero, who navigated past the attacking keeper to easily tap it into the net. Bodnar praised his freshman forward for her effort in leading the attack throughout the season.
“She’s one of the top scorers in the NWAACC and as the team has gone, she has gone,” Bodnar said. “I thought her effort and her work-rate up top, and the runs and the movement she was making, was a lot better today.”
To open the second half, Hicks connected on her first two goals of the season.
In the 54th minute, Hicks slid the ball past the left side of the keeper to make it 3-0. Six minutes later, Hicks added another goal with an impressive lob shot from outside the box.
As she came down the right side of the field, Hicks chipped a ball from outside the box that narrowly missed the keeper’s outstretched arms for the score. After the match, Hicks said she was thinking about crossing the ball to a teammate, but she was pleased with the end result.
“I just kind of rounded the corner around that girl and was going for the cross and it just kind of bent in,” Hicks said. “I went for either so it works.”
“It sure looked like it might have been an accident, but those are the good kind of accidents to have, so we’ll take it,” Bodnar added.
With a 5-0 lead late in the second half, Rodgers added a goal of her own in the 85th minute to make it 6-0.
After a close loss to Spokane, Bodnar with pleased with how his team responded in the second half against the Knights. Hicks said the Warriors entered the game with a different attitude, which resulted in a big win.
“We kind of just came out of it and played together as a team,” Hicks said. “We had lots of shots on goal. It was a good day to build confidence and get better. I’m happy with our performance today, everyone worked hard.”
Walla Walla faces Columbia Basin Saturday.