TUKWILA, WA—(NWACSports.org) One streak ends and another begins as Everett Community College finds a late game winning goal to see off two-time defending NWAC champion Peninsula College 1-0 in the women’s final on Sunday evening.
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The lone goal came in the 80th minute from freshman midfielder Alma Manao just outside the 18 yard box.
Despite the late goal, Everett played much of the half in the Peninsula end, forcing Pirates star sophomore goalkeeper Emily Flinn and her record setting defense into many dangerous situations.
Leading the opportunistic Everett side was freshman forward Lauren Allison, who was also the tournament MVP.
The Stanwood native followed up her two goal semifinal victory in a big way, acting as a lynchpin in the Everett attack in her dynamic ability to hold up the ball, find dangerous searching balls and force Peninsula out of their defensive shape.
For Everett, this is their first women’s championship in the programs history, which dates back to 1998. It was also their first appearance in the title game.
Peninsula completes their fourth straight final four appearance. The 2011 season was the last time the Pirates took second, with the last two resulting in championships.
TUKWILA, WA—(NWACSports.org) For the first time since 2004, Highline College is NWAC champions following their 3-0 victory over fellow soccer power North Idaho.
With goals coming in the 14th, 36th and 77 minutes by Brandon Madsen, Vinny Nguyen and Jacob Jones, Highline gained footing early and relinquished little ground to the side from the East Region.
Earning the tournament MVP for the West Region champions, sophomore midfielder Nguyen was constantly around the ball for the ThunderBirds and not only scored the second goal of the game, but created the third by drawing a penalty kick with his quick turn off of his first touch inside the 18.
Nguyen also scored in the semifinals for Highline in their victory over Skagit Valley and finishes season with 5 goals and 6 assists.
In goal, freshman goalkeeper Greyson Raffensperger collected his fifth shutout of the season, coming of huge in the back to preserve the lead and shutout against the most prolific scoring team in the NWAC.
On the other side, North Idaho, who just rejoined the conference this season after spending the last nine years in the NJCAA, finished second place for the highest result in the history of the program. The Cardinals finished with the regular season record title, going 13-1-1, 17-1-2.
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