Warriors avenge loss to Everett



WWCC's Oryian Matheny battles an Everett defender for a header during Saturday's CC win.


Walla Walla's Amanda Jones gets hauled down by Everett's Lauren Nolte during Saturday's match.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College kept its unbeaten record intact with a pair of NWAACC women’s soccer victories over the weekend on the WWCC pitch.

The Warriors, No. 2 in the most recent NWAACC coaches poll, skunked Everett, 2-0, on Saturday and toppled Shoreline, 5-0, on Friday.

Walla Walla improved to 3-0-1 in league and 7-0-1 overall. All seven of its victories have been achieved by shutout.

Saturday’s triumph was payback for the Warriors, who lost to Everett, 1-0, in an NWAACC quarterfinal match last November. The loss ended WWCC’s three-year run as NWAACC champions.

Julie Belden scored both of Walla Walla’s goals on Saturday. She hammered a pair of chances in deep on the left that rocketed just under the cross bar. The first occurred at 10 minutes and the second took place in the 20th minute.

Alli Madril assisted on each tally.

“It stood a lot in the girls’ minds,” WWCC coach Chad Bodnar said of last season’s quarterfinal setback. “If you score early, it puts your mind at ease. We could have scored more, but it’s a good result.”

The Warriors may have been looking ahead to their Saturday showdown on Friday. WWCC struggled in the opening half against Shoreline and was embroiled in a 0-0 draw until the flood gates opened in the second half.

Five different Warriors scored goals in half two. Kylie Gorton got things started at the 48-minute mark, Lexi Miller made it 2-0 at 60 minutes, Delaney Romero hit the back of the net in the 63rd minute, Brigit Lyons booted WWCC’s fourth goal in the 76th minute, and Oryian Matheny ended the scoring barrage in minute 86.

Madril picked up an assist on Romero’s goal and Brittany Gibbar made a goal scorer out of Matheny.

“We talked about Everett most of the week,” Bodnar said. “It took us a while to break them (Shoreline) down.”

The Warriors will be on the road for contests this weekend. They play at Skagit Valley on Friday and Edmonds on Saturday.


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