Monday’s Prep Girls Soccer: Pirates Blank Kalama in Battle of Top Two C2BL Teams
Leg Up: Win Gives Adna Inside Track to League Title
By Jordan Nailon
ADNA — The Pirates came into the week undefeated and outscoring their opponents 65-3 on the season. After Monday’s Central 2B League showdown with Kalama that perfect record remained unblemished as Adna shutout the Chinooks 3-0 and set themselves up to repeat as league champions.
While Adna has three league games remaining in their regular season schedule the win against Kalama, the second place team in the Central 2B League with a record of 12-2, gives the Pirates a seemingly fireproof lead in the standings.
“We always want to get back to where we were but we’re kind of careful about jinxing ourselves because you never what team is going to come through and have great players,” said Adna coach Juli Aselton. “We would obviously love to be league champs again and that is what we strive for. Knowing today that even if we’d lost but we kept the score close we still would have won league, but we wanted to come out and play strong today.”
Adna got right to work putting Kalama away here Monday night when Cierra Swenson assisted Presley Smith on a goal in the second minute of play. Eight minutes later it was Brynn Arrington notching a goal for the Pirates off of a corner kick.
Aselton said she was fully aware of the playoff seeding ramifications of the game and she made sure to communicate those stakes to her team in advance of kickoff.
“I know I was looking at it that way. Sometimes you get in the middle of the season and you kind of get in a comfort zone. We wanted to make sure that we came out today and had that fire that we had at the beginning of the season,” added Aselton. “We told the girls that was what we were looking for and they didn’t disappoint. We came out strong.”
The Adna defense was an impregnable force against Kalama as they limited the Chinooks to only a couple of desperate shots that came anywhere near the goal. For the most part Adna’s goalkeeper Makaela Meister just looked bored and lonely in the box.
In addition to their shutout effort the Pirates’ defenders also got in on the offensive action, including the goals by Smith and Arrington. Aselton lauded the ability of her defenders to make crisp backward passes, including passes to Meister in the keeper box, in order to play efficient soccer.
“They know each other so well that they cover for each other so they were comfortable sending one defender all the way up to score or pass and everybody else would cover and then a different defender would go up and they’d spread the field wide,” explained Aselton. “Tonight was definitely one of our better games where everybody hustled and helped each other. That’s what we want to see when we head into districts.”
Adna defenders earning Aselton’s praise included Arrington, Smith, Jordyn Swenson, Keaton Dowell and Olivia Rodriguez.
After holding Kalama behind the midfield line for nearly the entire second half the Pirates added their third and final goal of the night during stoppage time when Faith Kennedy found an open net off of a scrambling rebound deep in the Chinook’s box.
With three different girls scoring goals for Adna on the night Aselton was particularly pleased with the diversity of her offense.
“That’s exactly what we want to see before districts,” Aselton said. “Presley taking that shot right off the bat is that confidence maker of, ‘Hey, Presley, you’ve got a good foot, you can take that!’ That’s just what we’re getting used to is that anyone on this team can score.”
Brynn Arrington shared her coach’s enthusiasm for her teammates’ performances.
“My other center defense, Olivia, she did really good, and Presley, always tell her to take shots and she took one and went right in and I was pretty proud of her for doing that,” said Arrington.
Looking ahead, Arrington added that while a Central 2B League title will help to fill out a banner in the gymnasium her team has their sights set on even bigger and better accomplishments.
“We always push really hard for (a league title) and we just hope to make it further in districts,” said Arrington.
Adna (13-0) will play at Winlock on Wednesday.
Note: Onalaska won 4-1 against Napavine on Monday in Onalaska. Ocosta defeated Winlock 4-0 on Monday in Westport.