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Western advances to national championship

Sophie Bearden Croft nets first goals of season, fuels 2-1 Final Four win

Western Washington University's Sophie Bearden Croft, center left, is hugged by teammates as they celebrate in a close huddle.
Western Washington University's Sophie Bearden Croft, center left, is hugged by teammates as they celebrate beating Columbus State 2-1 in an NCAA Division II national semifinal soccer game at Interbay Stadium on Dec. 1 in Seattle. Croft scored both goals as the Vikings moved on to the national championship game on Saturday. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)
By Nolan Baker News Intern
SEATTLE – When sophomore forward Sophie Bearden Croft entered Western Washington University’s na
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