PASCO -- The Columbia Basin College men's soccer team is headed back to the NWAACC Final Four.
Tito Cuevas crossed a ball in from the right wing to the far post, where forward Kurt Russell tapped it past Chemeketa goalkeeper Marshall Reese in the 85th minute, giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead in the NWAACC quarterfinal match at CBC soccer field in Pasco.
CBC (12-3-4) returns to the men's semifinals for the first time since 1999, when the Hawks won the NWAACC championship. CBC will face West region champion Peninsula (11-3-4) at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila.
"What this means for the program is that everything we've done to this point has had meaning," said Hawks coach Kyle Vierck, who was a player on the 1999 championship team. "We set out to play a meaningful game on Nov. 21 (the date of the NWAACC championship game), but we still have Nov. 20th."
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Scoring--1, CBC, Kurt Russell (Tito Cuevas), 85:00. Shots--Chem 4, CBC 11. Saves--Chem, Marshall Reese 5. C, Abel Bautista 3.
Clackamas women 2, CBC 1
OREGON CITY -- The CBC women fell one game short of their third NWAACC semifinal berth in three years, dropping a quarterfinal match to Clackamas at Oregon City High School.
Hawks forward Sari Munoz tied the game at 1 off an assist from Andrea Roeder in the 65th minute, but South region MVP Jennifer Jackson scored the game-winner in the 77th minute.
Scoring--1, Cla, Jennifer Almond (Yasmina Coto) 58:00; 2, CBC, Sari Munoz (Andrea Roeder) 65:00; 3, Cla, Jennifer Jackson 77:00. Shots--CBC 6, Cla 14. Saves--CBC, Olivia Diaz 5. Cla, Melissa Ferguson 4.
Walla Walla 4, Lane 0
WALLA WALLA -- Justine Jones scored a goal and assisted two others to lift host Walla Walla over Lane and into the NWAACC women's semifinals for the sixth year in a row.
Scoring--1, WW, Marianne Johnson (Samantha Johson), 35:00; 2, WW, Justine Jones, 55:00; 3, WW, Kaylie Winston (Jones), 59:00; 4, WW, Margo Hickman (Jones), 66:00.