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Clark women’s soccer beats Columbia Basin to reach NWAC championship match

Prairie High grad Anna Neal scores game-winner for Penguins

By , Columbian sports staff

For the third time since the 2018 season, the Clark College women’s soccer team is in the NWAC championship match.

The Penguins, the West No. 2 seed, took down East No. 1 Columbia Basin 2-1 on Friday at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila.

Anna Neal, a Prairie High grad, scored the tie-breaking goal in the 83rd minute off an assist from Kelli Huskic.

“I knew when I poked the ball back to her, I just knew it was going in,” Huskic said in a postgame interview with NWAC Sports.

Huskic, a recent NWAC offensive player of the week, scored in the 48th minute to give Clark (15-3-1) a 1-0 lead. Neal and Evergreen grad Chloe Klappholz were credited with assists.

Columbia Basin (15-2-1) tied the match with a goal in the 77th minute.

Hockinson High grad Amanda Jeschke, a recent NWAC defensive player of the week honoree, had two saves in goal.

The Penguins’ were runner’s-up to Peninsula last year, and was also beat by Peninsula in the 2018 championship match.

But this time around, Peninsula is not the final obstacle. Spokane (14-2-3) knocked off Peninsula in the quarterfinals and then beat Lower Columbia on Friday 4-1 in the second semifinal.

The championship match is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at Starfire.