The 2011 NWAACC Soccer Championships will be held this Saturday November 19 and Sunday November 20 at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington. Here are previews of the semifinal matches for both Men and Women.
Tickets (at gate): Adults $10 (day pass), Students, Seniors Military $6, 7-12 year olds $3, under six free.
Saturday’s Semifinal Matches…
Women: Walla Walla v. Everett (10:30 AM)
The Walla Walla Warriors and Everett Trojans inaugurate the semifinals with the first match on November 19th at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila at 10:30 AM.
The Warrirors are led on offense by 30 goals and 9 assists of Kaylie Winston. She’s followed by the 16 goal and 10 assist regular season performance of Sami Hansen. The Trojans are topped by the 11 goals and 13 assists of Brianna Ellis. Kieleann Cordon notched 10 goals and six assists.
The Warriors enter the contest with a perfect 16-0-0 record. The Trojans are 11-5-1. Walla Walla won the 2011 East Division while Everett won the 2011 North. Walla Walla scored 99 goals and gave up 5 during the campaign. Everett scored 53 and gave up 16. The two schools met on September 6th in Everett, playing to a 1:1 draw that appears in the school’s overall records (SEA).
Everett head coach Geoff Kittle leads the Trojans into their first semifinals appearance. Walla Walla head coach Chad Bodnar is taking his charges into the semifinals after winning it all in both 2009 and 2010.
Women: Peninsula v. Clackamas (1:00 PM)
The Pirates of Peninsula (Port Angeles, Washington) are in just their second season as a program. The Cougars of Clackamas (Oregon City, Oregon) have previously won three NWAACC titles, the most recent in 2007. Both schools arrive at the semifinals as division winners. The Pirates won the West while the Cougars won the South.
Peninsula is led on the attack by the 9 goals and 5 assists of Shelby Solomon. Jackie Rodgers netted 7 goals and kicked out 4 assists. Kelsie Ng was close behind with 6 goals and 4 assists. Clackamas will rely on the talent of Kelsie Knight and her 11 goals and 3 assists. Yasmina Cotto is dangerous with 6 goals and 5 assists during the regular season.
The Pirates enter the match with a record of 15-1-1. The Cougars arrive at 11-5-0. Peninsula notched 52 goals during the season while surrendering 11. Clackamas scored 40 while giving up 17. The two schools did not meet during the regular season.
Peninsula head coach Kanyon Anderson studied four years under Andrew Chapman before taking the reigns of the new Pirates Women program in 2010. Clackamas head coach Janine Szpara is also the head coach of the Women’s Premier Soccer League Portland Rain.
Men: Highline v. Olympic (3:30 PM)
Three of the four semifinalists for the NWAACC Men’s soccer title come from the West Division, including both the Highline Thunderbirds and Olympic Rangers. The schools will meet on Saturday November 19th at Starfire kicking off at 3:30 PM in the first Men’s semifinal match. During the regular season Highline claimed a 2:0 victory in Bremerton and later a 3:1 win over the Rangers in Des Moines.
The Thunderbirds are led in scoring (regular season totals) by Darwin Jones with 15 goals and 7 assists. Close behind is Tody Tolo with 12 goals and 2 assists. James Horan has 10 goals and 7 assists for Olympic. Victor Akio has 7 goals and 3 assists for the Rangers.
The Thunderbirds enter the match with a record of 12-1-2. The Rangers carry a mark of 7-5-3. The Rangers scored 43 regular season goals while surrendering 34. The Thunderbirds scored 48 and gave up 11. Olympic is the lowest seed to advance to the semifinals in 2011.
There is a Kitsap Pumas connection to this match. The Pumas of Bremerton won the Premier Development League (PDL) national title this summer. Pumas assistant coach James Ritchie is the head coach at Olympic. He’ll face off against Pumas defender Steve Mohn, the head coach of the Thunderbirds.
Men: Peninsula v. Chemeketa (6:00 PM)
The Peninsula Pirates (Port Angeles, Washington) are the defending NWAACC Champions. They have arrived in the semifinals by outscoring their previous two opponents 9-0 combined in two playoff matches. The Pirates are the winners of the West in the regular season. The Chemeketa Storm (Salem, Oregon) are winners of the South Division. The schools will play at 6:00 PM on November 19th at Starfire in the second Men’s semifinal.
The Pirates are led in scoring by the (regular season totals) 34 goals and 10 assists of Miguel Gonzalez. Dean Gaynor recorded 14 goals and 10 assists before the playoffs for Peninsula. The Storm are led on offense by the 17 goals and 13 assists of Felipe Heredia. Brian Avila tallied 10 goals and 7 assists during the regular season.
The Pirates enter the match with an overall record of 12-0-2 against NWAACC foes. The Storm are 11-2-1. The schools did not meet during the regular season. The Pirates scored 75 goals during the season and gave up 12. The Storm scored 69 while surrendering 23.
Pirates’ head coach Andrew Chapman is also an assistant coach with the Kitsap Pumas. The Storm are in the semifinals for the third time in four seasons. Head coach Marty Limbird began the program back in 2008.
Preview information compiled from: http://nwaacc.org/index.php