The Walla Walla women’s soccer team has outscored its
opponents 67-5 in 15 games this season, meaning that Warriors coach Chad
Bodnar doesn’t have to worry too much about his offense or defense.
twice has Walla Walla failed to score more than two goals in a game
this season, while the defense has racked up 11 shutouts.
Bodnar began to show a little concern midway through the second half of
Walla Walla’s 1-0 NWAACC win over Columbia Basin College on Saturday in
Pasco. His team was still locked in a scoreless tie with the Hawks,
although the Warriors were outshooting CBC 26-2 and still had nothing to
show for it.
“I’ve done this a long time, and when a team has
that many shots and the other team gets one counter, it seems like it
always goes in,” Bodnar said.
In the 69th minute, however, Alli
Madril trapped a pass from Kylie Gorton inside CBC’s 18-yard box, turned
and beat Hawks’ goalkeeper Dakota Wickard for the only goal of the
match, giving Bodnar a chance to breathe easy.
“We actually played
pretty well, just not inside the 18-yard box,” he said. “That’s what’s
silly about this game.You can have 40 shots, but if you don’t score.
... Part of the deal is just staying composed and knowing it’s going to
come. We did that today.”
Wickard was put to the test in CBC’s
goal, facing 39 shots. The freshman out of Pullman High School made 10
saves and made her presence known even when she wasn’t stopping shots.
finding her groove. The last few games, she realized she can take this
on and become a positive, stellar NWAACC goalkeeper. She really took
that to heart today,” CBC coach Matt Mills said.
She made four
saves in the first half, but did her best work in the second half, when
she stopped several point-blank shots by Walla Walla shooters.
every day pressure. We practice it. It’s not that we want that
pressure, but we know it’s there so we can capitalize on it and use it
to our advantage,” Wickard said. “It would have been nice to have a
different outcome, but we definitely improved from last time (a 4-1
Warriors’ win in Walla Walla).”
Hawks forward Ruby Herrera nearly
tied things up in the 76th minute after dribbling to the right side of
the Warriors’ 18. With a step on her defender, Herrera aimed a shot
under the crossbar from 14 yards out, but Walla Walla keeper Aiko
Johnson got enough of her hand on it to tip it over the bar.
were focused and organized today. I set the expectation for the ladies
to give 110 percent on our home field. I think we found that today,”
Mills said. “The 1-on-1 battles were key today, and we held our own on
those. We had a good chance (to score) that could have tied it up.
“Everybody competed stellar today. We’re still battling for that third-place spot, and it showed today.”
Walla (14-1-1 overall, 10-1-1 NWAACC East) and Spokane (11-0-4, 9-0-3)
have already clinched playoff berths, and CBC (6-6-2, 4-6-2, 14 points)
is seven points ahead of Treasure Valley with four games to play.
The Hawks travel to Yakima Valley at 2 p.m. Wednesday and host Wenatchee Valley at noon Saturday.
WW, Alli Madril (Kylie Gorton), 69:00. Shots—WW 39, CBC 3. Saves—WW,
Aiko Johnson 2. CBC, Dakota Wickard 10.
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