The Walla Walla women's soccer team had faced Clackamas twice before in the NWAACC championship game, losing to the Cougars in 2005 and 2007.
The third time was the charm for the Warriors, who won their second consecutive NWAACC title with a 2-0 victory Sunday at Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila. WWCC also completed its first-ever undefeated season at 20-0-2.
Justine Jones, a graduate of Borah High School in Boise, was named tournament MVP after scoring five goals and two assists in three playoff games. In the championship, she changed the tone of the game almost immediately, scoring off an indirect free kick in the second minute of the game.
Clackamas goalkeeper Melissa Ferguson committed a critical error in judgement on Jones' goal, however. An indirect free kick must be touched by another player to be counted as a goal. Jones put her shot directly on frame, and Ferguson tried to make the save but the ball trickled off her fingertips and into the goal. If she had let the ball go without touching it, no goal would have been allowed.
East region MVP Margo Hickman added a second-half goal — her NWAACC-leading 28th of the year — and goalkeeper Jordan Simkins recorded the shutout, making two saves.