MENS SOCCER (1-1)
The 17th season of soccer is underway and Garret Brown (12-36-7) is back for his fourth year as coach. The program started in 1996, but there was no team in 2000.
The squad got off to a great start with a 6-1 trouncing of Southwestern Oregon last Friday at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila. The six goals are the most the Knights have scored since 9/19/09 when they clubbed Everett 8-2…in between were 66 games. And, the triumph broke a school record 13-game losing streak. Against the Lakers WVC is now is now 5-1-4.
On Saturday the Knights fell to South Puget Sound 3-0, again at Starfire. In a series that started in 1996, the Knights now lead the Clippers from Olympia 8-3-1.
Sunday, Highline (2-1) home. Wenatchee Valley completes the nonleague portion of their schedule when the play their first home match Sunday. The Thunderbirds blanked the Knights 6-0 a year ago on the local turf. In their 11-game series the school from Des Moines leads 6-4-1.
WOMENS SOCCER (0-2)
With a new coach, the women also begin their 17th year of soccer at WVC…the gals started in 1997. The new coach is Yanet Candido, a WVC grad, and who played for the Knights in 2006 and ’07. She went on to graduate from Northwest University in Kirkland, where she also played soccer and earned second team honors in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. Candido is the Knights’ eighth coach.
The ladies also opened their season with a couple of nonleague encounters last weekend at Tukwila. The results of both were the same, 3-0 losses to Trojans and Titans. Friday they faced Everett. WVC first played the Trojans in 1998 and through the first 17 contests were never defeated, posting a 15-0-2 record. ECC changed that with a win in 2010 and now another one. The next day it was the Titans, and the Tacoma outfit won their third straight from the Knights to extend their lead to 7-2 in the series.
The women begin league play next week.
Daria Winckler takes over as head coach of the Wenatchee Valley College volleyball team. Winckler is a graduate of WVC and played for the Knights in 2009 and ’10. She went on to play for Texas A&M International University where she received a number of awards for her volleyball skills. The current program started in 2007 and Winckler is the second coach. Kelly Ketcham handled the chore the past six seasons.
Wednesday, Bellevue (0-0) away. The team travels to Bellevue today to tangle with the Bulldogs. Bellevue defeated the Knights the last two times they played and now holds 4-3 series lead.
Friday and Saturday, Spokane Invitational Tournament. The Knights open Friday with East Division rival Blue Mountain (5-0) 9 a.m., and then complete pool play at 11 a.m. with Linn-Benton (4-1). The series with Blue Mountain is interesting; WVC won the first nine and the Timberwolves the next nine. Within the 18, the Knights lead 4-2 in tournaments on neutral courts. Like BMCC, the Black and Silver is also tied with Linn-Benton, this time 3-3. The Knights and Roadrunners split a pair last season.