Tukwila, WA. – Two Eastern Region powers met today at Starfire Stadium to decide the 2006 season NWAACC Women’s Champion. Eastern Region Champion Walla Walla and runner-up Spokane both took care of business at Starfire to play of the championship.
For Walla Walla, this is the second consecutive year in the championship game. In 2005, the Warriors lost an overtime game to Clackamas 2-1. During the regular season, the Warriors took first in the Eastern Region over Spokane by only two points.
Turbulent weather from the consolation finals faded as the two teams started warming up for the NWAACC Championship game.
Walla Walla scored first after Justine Jones crashed into Spokane keeper Amy Danielson in the first minute of play. Danielson received a knee to the head on the play and was shaken up for a few minutes afterward as Spokane Head Coach Jim Martinson protested the goal to the officials. The goal counted and Walla Walla took a 1-0 lead.
Both squads played a physical match for the remainder of the first half.
Spokane answered Walla Walla’s first half goal shortly after the start of the second half when Lindsay Hood scored in the 46th minute on an assist by Lauren Nay to knot the match at 1-1.
The game continued to be physical as Spokane’s Nay and Jones received yellow cards in the middle of the second half.
In the 79th minute, Walla Walla had a breakaway opportunity as Corrie Mcneill got in front of the Spokane defense. Spokane’s Keeper, Amy Danielson, met Mcneil at the front of the goal box, got a hand on the ball, but The ball got past Danielson and rolled towards the goal with Mcneil in pursuit. Spokane defender Roxana Johnson slid in at the very last moment to make a beautiful stop only inches from the Spokane goal.
Shortly afterwards, Spokane had an excellent opportunity with a shot that sailed just over the cross bar.
As the clock neared 90 minutes, the pace picked up as neither team wanted overtime. Walla Walla had a corner kick in the closing seconds that went harmlessly out of the goal box.
As the teams headed into overtime, Walla Walla may have been recollecting the overtime loss in last season’s championship match.
The first overtime of ten minutes passed without a goal despite several opportunities by each team!
In the second minute of the second overtime, Spokane’s Lindsay Hood scored on a breakaway. She got past the Walla Walla defenders and tapped it into the goal.
Walla Walla finishes in second place. Spokane wins their ever NWAACC championship. Nay was announced as the NWAACC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Sasquatch head coach Jim Martinson was named the tournament’s coach of the year.