Wednesday, October 24, 2012
WALLA WALLA — Midfielders Sergio Burgos and Ivan Chamorro negotiated their way through wet and sloppy conditions to tally one goal and one assist apiece Wednesday afternoon as Walla Walla Community College claimed its second consecutive NWAACC East Division men’s soccer title with a 4-0 victory over Spokane at Warrior Field.
WWCC, No. 3 in the latest NWAACC coaches poll, secured the program’s fourth league championship in five seasons with Wednesday’s triumph while improving to 8-1-2 in the East and 13-1-2 overall.
“This is something we always aim to do,” WWCC coach Chad Bodnar said. “It (Wednesday’s win) was a good performance overall.”
The Warriors used a free kick off the boot of centerback Jhony Mendoza to record the match’s first goal. Mendoza placed a kick into the goal box that Spokane goalie Ian Graves punched straight into the air.
Chamorro headed the loose ball to Burgos, who tickled the back of the net with a header with 5:10 elapsed in the match.
“Jhony has done well with set pieces,” Bodnar said. “It (the goal) was an easy one for Sergio. He was in the right spot at the right time.”
Less than two minutes later, Ariel Gonzalez — starting in place of forward Perry McNamar due to illness — served a ball from the right wing into scoring territory that Chamorro gained possession of. Chamorro grounded a hard shot past a diving Graves to give WWCC a 2-0 lead at the 7:02 mark of half one.
“Ivan has been scoring goals, which is nice,” Bodnar said. “Ariel played extremely well. He was solid all the way around.”
Burgos all but put the match out of reach with a penalty kick at 74:40.
A pair of freshmen midfielders teamed up for the final goal of the match. Andres Idoeta delivered a cross from the left of the pitch to Jovan Rojas, who beat Graves with an in-close blast at 86:46.
“We had some guys (in the match) that haven’t played a whole lot,” Bodnar said of the closing minutes. “It was nice to see them get on the (score) sheet.”
The Warriors travel to Pasco Saturday for a division counter with Columbia Basin.