By Matt Baide
ADNA — In a rematch of last year’s District 4 title game and state semifinal game, the Pirates were able to earn some payback, as Rachel Burke’s goal helped Adna defeat the Chinooks 1-0 in overtime in a Central 2B League girls soccer game here on Monday.
“It feels really good. I think it was a really good matchup and it really shows us what we need to improve on,” Adna coach Juli Aselton said. “We knew coming into this, there was going to be some stuff to work on, so playing a great team like this shows us exactly what our strengths are and what our weaknesses are. It feels like a fantastic win. We keep telling the girls it’s not state, but it feels like state.”
The game was scoreless in regulation, with Adna getting the better scoring chances throughout the first 80 minutes. In the overtime period, Burke was able to put the ball into the net, with an assist from Lizzy McAuley, for the golden goal to lift the Pirates to victory.
“I just saw a lot of heart and a lot of hustle. The girls were tired and sweaty and they just knew they had to keep going with the ball,” Aselton said. “Our job was just to keep putting that through ball and tire (Emily) Mickelson out because she was a storm trooper back there. Lizzy (McAuley) did a great job subbing for Cierra (Swenson). She just kept the ball through, made the great pass and Rachel scored.”
Aselton noted the Pirates’ gameplan on offense was tougher to execute tonight due to Kalama’s Emily Mickelson patrolling the defense for the Chinooks.
“What we’ll work on for next time is hopefully taking that shot earlier before she gets there,” Aselton said. “She’s so good, but she can’t be everywhere. So it’s just keeping our heads up and looking at how we’re playing. We just had to wait and see where she was on the field.”
Adna (1-1, 1-0) is on the road to face Napavine on Wednesday in a Central 2B League matchup.
Yelm Squeaks Past W.F. West
W.F. West lost by one goal for the third consecutive match, falling to Yelm 3-2 in a nonleague girls soccer game at Bearcat Stadium in Chehalis on Monday.
Yelm scored goals in the 21st and 23rd minutes for a 2-0 lead. Becca Deskins scored in the 25th minute on a pass from Courtney Bennett, cutting the lead to 2-1 at halftime.
Yelm scored on a penalty kick in the 47th minute for a 3-1 lead. W.F. West battled back, as Lauren Tornow scored in the 65th minute, but the Bearcats were unable to get the equalizer.
“It’s our third one-goal loss to open the season. In all honesty, against a 3A school, this was probably one of the better games we’ve played this season as a team,” W.F. West coach Allen Anderson said. “…It’s evident watching this group, they’re getting better each and every game. The wins will fall into place.”
Anderson was pleased with the performance of his midfielders, noting Kiara Steen, Megan Wilks and Bennett each had their best game of the season.
W.F. West (0-3) travels to Tenino on Thursday to face the Beavers in a nonleague match.
Life Christian Downs Winlock
WINLOCK — Winlock opened their season here on Monday, falling 9-0 to Life Christian in a Central 2B League girls soccer game.
The Eagles dominated the game, totaling 33 shots.
“I have a mix between seniors and eighth graders. Life Christian has almost every girl back from last year. They had a lot more experience on us,” Winlock coach Brian Ziese said. “They really hammered us — kept Cheleena Squibb in the goal pretty busy.”
Winlock hosts Onalaska at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in a C2BL contest.
Note: Onalaska defeated Napavine 3-2 in a Central 2B League game. Ocosta defeated Toledo 3-0 in a nonleague girls soccer game.
Centralia Knocks Off Seton Catholic
VANCOUVER — Seton Catholic led at halftime, but Centralia battled back to earn a 3-2 win in a nonleague girls soccer match here on Saturday.
Alayna Miller, Aaliyah Corona and Kupria LaPierre each had goals for the Tigers, who trailed 1-0 at halftime. Miller also had an assist and Makiah Harris had two assists for the Tigers.
“I knew going into this match it would take the contributions of every player that traveled and we got that,” Centralia coach Henry Gallanger said.
Centralia (2-0-1) travels to face Hoquiam today in a nonleague match.