Walla Walla Community College shuts out the side

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WWCC's Ariel Gonzalez wins control against Everett's Julio Aquilar during their match Saturday afternoon.

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WWCC's Jose Herrera-Torres fights for balance and possession against Everett's Mikias Brown in their match Saturday.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College improved its league and overall records to 3-0 and 5-1, respectively, with a pair of NWAACC men’s soccer shutouts on its home pitch.

The Warriors, No. 4 in the latest NWAACC coaches poll, blanked Everett, 3-0, on Saturday after routing Shoreline, 6-0, on Friday.

The Trojans, who dropped to 0-2-1 and 0-5-1, have not scored a goal in their first six matches this season. But they managed to play WWCC on even terms in the first 45 minutes of play and went into halftime tied at 0-0.

“They put a lot of people behind the ball,” WWCC coach Chad Bodnar said. “We didn’t play well in the first half. A challenge was issued at halftime.”

Walla Walla tallied its three goals during a 12-minute stretch midway through the second half. Mario Guizar tallied at the 62-minute mark, Franky Arroyo scored just six minutes later, and Saif Al Rikabi rippled the net six minutes after that.

Michael Mollay assisted on goals one and three, and Jhony Mendoza set up goal No. 2.

“We switched to three strikers to put pressure on their backs,” Bodnar said.

The Warriors prevailed despite a gallant effort by Everett goalkeeper Ian Beegle, who was credited with 16 saves.

Mendoza had two of WWCC’s goals against Shoreline (at 37 and 71 minutes). Guizar (30th), Mollay (46th), Ariel Gonzalez (68th), and Leo Pedroza (87th) added one goal apiece.

Mollay assisted on Guizar’s goal, Max Smith presented Mollay with his opportunity, and Geovanny Vasquez passed to Pedroza to bring the final goal of the match to fruition.

“We played well,” Bodnar said. “It was a more steady performance.”

The Warriors will be on the road next weekend for matches with Skagit Valley on Friday and Edmonds on Saturday.

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