Saturday, November 6, 2010
WALLA WALLA - The 2010 season came to a stunning end for the Walla Walla Community College men's soccer team Saturday afternoon on the WWCC pitch.
All the Warriors had to do to clinch a berth in the NWAACC playoffs was beat Wenatchee Valley, a team that entered the weekend in the cellar of the East Region with a 2-8-2 league record.
One of those East Region wins, though, was a 3-1 win over the Warriors that occurred Oct. 20 in Wenatchee.
In the end, it was the team that seemingly had nothing to play for that came through in the regular-season finale for both schools.
The Knights scored a pair of second-half goals in their 3-1 upset victory.
WWCC's loss, coupled with Spokane's 3-0 blanking of East champion Columbia Basin on Saturday, allowed the Sasquatch to overtake Walla Walla for the East Region's third and final playoff spot.
Ironically, the Warriors posted a 1-0 win at Spokane on Wednesday to gain the upper hand heading into the final weekend of action.
Wenatchee Valley scored first on Saturday. Luis Sorto's goal in the 28th minute gave the Knights a 1-0 edge.
Walla Walla evened the score 14:35 into the second half. Talon Wyatt delivered a through ball from the midfield to a streaking Nick Wood, who eluded Knights' defenders and hammered home a close-range shot.
Wenatchee Valley took advantage of a hand ball in the Warriors' goal box at the 76-minute mark. Jose Alvarado drilled a successful penalty kick to give the lead back to the visitors.
The Knights added another goal in the 88th minute to put the match away.
WWCC ended its year 6-4-3 in league and 9-5-3 overall.