Columbia Basin College

CBC women open playoffs today

PASCO -- When playoff time rolls around, it's all or nothing.

That's the attitude the Columbia Basin College women's soccer team has embraced for the last two seasons to reach the NWAACC championship game.

They'll do the same when CBC (10-5-4) opens the NWAACC playoffs at 2 p.m. today in a home match against Highline (7-6-4) -- the same team that beat them 2-1 in a nonleague match in Tukwila back in early September.

That loss -- just one of three NWAACC losses the Hawks have suffered -- may have stung at the time. But it won't be a factor today.

"We gave up two goals on defensive breakdowns. We had control for most of the game but couldn't capitalize," said CBC coach Matt Mills. "We're looking forward to avenging that loss and getting further in the playoffs."

The Thunderbirds are led by Nicole Brunette (6 goals) and Alex Drazic (5 g), while the Hawks feature Jordan Benecke (4 g, 4 assists), Andrea Roeder (4 g, 3 a) and a strong back line anchored by Nikki Grigg and Missy Everson.