Walla Walla women too much for CBC in soccer action

October 27, 2012 

Walla Walla women 4, CBC 1: In past years, the Warriors have always had a scoring centerpiece, a lightning rod of offense who can generate a goal chance at any time and from anywhere.

This season has been a bit different, though. Forward Tash Anderson leads the team with 14 goals, but Walla Walla coach Chad Bodnar has relied on his supporting cast a bit more.

That was evident Saturday, as four different players scored goals against CBC, who held Walla Walla scoreless until the 38th minute, when Kahiesha Johnson, a former Hanford star, redirected a cross from Alli Madril past Nicole Porter for a 1-0 lead.

“We don’t have a Kaylie Winston, so we have to find more ways to score,” Bodnar said.

Johnson is a defender by trade, but Bodnar will rotate her in at forward if he needs a jump on offense.

“We needed somone to start things off, and Alli sent in a really good ball,” Johnson said of her third goal of the year.

The Warriors came out firing in the second half, as Julie Belden charged Porter in the Hawks’ 8-yard box on a long service. Belden got her hands on the ball but collided with Belden, and the ball came loose. Belden easily knocked the ball into the net for a 2-0 lead in the 47th minute.

CBC midfielder Alicia Pacheco, a Kamiakin product, made an aggressive run into the Warriors’ box two minutes later and was fouled by Peyton Moon, drawing a penalty kick. Kellie Ross converted the kick to cut Walla Walla’s lead to 2-1.

But the Warriors put the game away with two second-half goals by Marais Hicks and former Southridge star Meghan Sorenson.

“We just didn’t get it done today,” Hawks coach Matt Mills said. “We played a good first half, but that first goal in the second half kind of deflated us.”

Mills praised freshmen Ross and Jasmine Banguis for their play in central defense.

Scoring—1, WW, Kahiesha Johnson, (Alli Madril), 38:00; 2, WW, Julie Belden, 47:00; 3, CBC, Kellie Ross (PK), 48:00; 4, WW, Marais Hicks (Paige Pontarolo), 64:00; 5, WW, Meghan Sorenson, 83:00. Shots—WW 30, CBC 6. Saves—WW, Kylie Mascol 2. CBC, Nicole Porter 10.

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