Walla Walla women take third consecutive soccer title
TUKWILA, WA -- The Walla Walla Warriors won its third consecutive women's soccer title in a hard fought battle against the Peninsula Pirates with a 1-0 win tonight at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.
Kaylie Winston MVP
The Warriors came into the match as the undisputed top ranked team in the NWAACC and looked the part for the first 45 minutes as they hounded the Pirate goal, nearly missing several scoring opportunities until Kaylie Winston, the NWAACC leading scorer found paydirt in with just seconds remaining in the first half to provide the match's only goal.
Winston got on the ball in a one-on-one match up against Peninsula goalie Krystal Daniels - A Pirate defender showed up to try to help Daniels out - but Winston chipped the ball far post to put the Warriors up 1-0 just before the halftime whistle.
Peninsula's head coach Kanyon Anderson must have given a solid speech to his squad at the break as the Pirates came out a different team in the second half. Walla Walla and Peninsula traded blows for the next 45 minutes, but Peninsula couldn't find the back of the net to tie the match.
Winston was named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Walla Walla's third title now ties Clackamas as the women's program with the most NWAACC Championships. Walla Walla has the most appearances in the title match with eight, including the last seven. Peninsula made it's first title match appearance in just the program's second season.