SPOKANE — Back-to-back goals by Klarissa Barajas with barely 15 minutes left lifted undefeated Walla Walla Community College over Spokane, 3-2, in a Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer match here on Wednesday.
The Warriors (16-0-1 overall, 12-0-0 in the league) had to overcome a 2-0 deficit at halftime after Sasquatch goalie Michelle Czarapata denied their only two shots.
“Spokane was able to jump out to an early lead,” WWCC coach Jordan Hacker said. “They put pressure on our back line and created two great scoring chances which they put in the back of the net. We were able to create a couple of chances in the first half, but weren’t able to get anything going.”
Walla Walla followed the break with six shots, but failed to get on the scoreboard until Madison Brownell cut their deficit in half around the 70th minute.
Brownell then opened the flood gates.
“The second half, we came out flying and created a chance to score in the first five minutes,” Hacker said. “Unable to convert, we had to press the match a bit.”
Barajas tied the score with her first goal at the 75th minute, and then put the Warriors on top with near the end of regulation.
Walla Walla will stay home when it returns to action, hosting second-place North Idaho (10-2-0 in the league) for a rematch on Saturday. The Warriors won their first meeting, 2-0, in Coeur d’Alene on Sept. 20.