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Buckingham lifts Warriors over Storm in Men's Soccer Championships

Tukwila, WA - The top-ranked Walla Walla Warriors celebrated their first title in 34 years of NWAACC soccer dating back to 1974. Chemeketa got the scoring going in the 25th minute on a goal by Gustavo Bermudez from a Chente Reyes assist.  Walla Walla's Chris Reid countered eight minutes later to knot the match at a goal apiece. Bermudez got the Storm back on top in the 61st minute on an assist from Mayo Ovalle, but the Warrior's Juan Garcia answered with a goal in the 66th minute. The two squads battled the remaining 24 minutes to a 2-2 tie to set up a 'golden goal' overtime period in which the first score wins. Walla Walla's sophomore midfielder Brian Buckingham punched in the winner in a scramble at the Storm's goal to seal the win in the 95th minute. The second-ranked, South Region Champions Chemeketa Storm, who are in their first season of play, complete the season with a 14-3-6 record and a second place finish. Walla Walla keeper Joey Pagan, who recorded a shutout in the semis against Peninsula and held off several hard shots from Chemeketa, was named the Tournament MVP. MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME Walla Walla 3 Chemeketa 2 Scoring: 25th Chemeketa Gustavo Bermudez, assist Chente Reyes 43rd Walla Walla Chris Reid, unassisted, 61st Chemeketa Gustavo Bermudez, assist Mayo Ovalle 66th Walla Walla Juan Garcia, unassisted 95th Walla Walla Brian Buckingham Yellow Cards: Luis Mendoza (Walla Walla)
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