By Matt Baide
ADNA — Adna scored two early goals in the second half and held off a push from the Tigers to earn a 3-2 win in a Central 2B League girls soccer game here on Monday.
“I think we started out really well and then lost a step or two towards the middle of the game. They were still working hard, I just felt like we weren’t stepping how we needed to step up to get the ball and Napavine did a good job of finding their wings,” Adna coach Juli Aselton said. “It was a good game for us to get everybody in and get some rest for some of our players so we’ll hit practice tomorrow and work on some more passing and do better next time.”
The Pirates scored first, as Cierra Swenson found Rachel Burke, who fired it into the net for a 1-0 lead. Napavine answered in the 15th minute, as a corner kick found the head of Chloe Stewart and made its way the goal to tie things up at halftime.
Swenson helped the Pirates retake the lead in the 44th minute, lobbing the ball over the goalkeeper for a 2-1 lead. Four minutes later, Payton Aselton fired a shot from outside the box and in for a 3-1 lead.
Napavine had some chances late, and scored on a follow up from Sydney Burdick to cut the lead to 3-2 in the 76th minute. But the Tigers ran out of time as Adna held on for the win.
“I think they did really well. It meant a lot for my seniors — I have eight seniors that it was their last game against Adna,” Napavine coach Emily Boettcher said. “I really honestly think they could have won. We lost a little bit of our mentality right there when they scored that second and third goal. They bounced back, but it was too little too late.”
Adna (9-1, 9-0 league) is on the road on Wednesday against Winlock, while Napavine (3-8, 3-6 league) travels to Kalama for a C2BL match on Wednesday.
Rochester Falls to Aberdeen
ROCHESTER — Aberdeen scored three first half goals to cruise to a 3-0 win over Rochester in an Evergreen 2A Conference girls soccer game here on Monday.
Aberdeen’s Abbie Bradt scored in the 9th minute for an early lead. Emma Green pushed the lead to 2-0 in the 19th minute, and Anna Foss scored right at the end of the first half for the 3-0 lead that stood through the second half.
Rochester (0-11-1, 0-6 league) is back on the field on Thursday, going to Tiger Stadium to face Centralia in an EvCo match.