Clark women’s soccer scores historic win for program

By Jeff Klein, Columbian sports staff

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The Clark College women’s soccer team was out to make program history on Saturday and did just that.

The Penguins advanced to the NWAC final four for the first time with a 6-1 quarterfinal victory over Whatcom of Bellingham at Clark College.

Ridgefield High grad Madison Ochoa scored two goals, Jenna Young scored two, and Camas High grad Rylee MacDonald had two assists in the match for Clark (13-2-1).

Goals by Ochoa and Facienne Graham put Clark in front 2-1 in the first seven minutes of the match. Young scored her first goal in the 23rd minute off an assist from Mountain View grad Bailee McMahon for a 3-1 lead going into halftime.

Ochoa, Young and Maddie Topaum scored goals in the second half. Graham assisted on Ochoa’s second goal.

Clark advances to the NWAC semifinals on Friday at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila. The Penguins, the South region champs, will face West region champ Highline (17-0-1) in the second semifinal set to kick off at 3 p.m. Highline has been NWAC runner-up the past two seasons.

Tacoma (15-5-2) and North region champ Peninsula (19-0-0) play the first semifinal at 12:30 p.m.

The NWAC championship match is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Starfire.

Peninsula beat Highline in last year’s championship match, 1-0 in double overtime.