Tuesday’s Girls Soccer: Adna Blanks Onalaska to Reach District Title Game
Pirates of the Pitch: Cierra Swenson Scores Two Goals in 3-0 Semifinal Win
By Jordan Nailon
Onalaska fans and coaches were already giving the officials a piece of their collective mind here Tuesday night in their game against Adna before a Logger player wound up face down and unconscious on the turf.
That scary moment came in the 18th minute of play when Onalaska defender Angel Wetherbee was, in the words of the field referee, “sandwiched” between two Adna players during normal game play. The incidental collision left Wetherbee, who had previously suffered a concussion this year, lying motionless on the field for more than 20 minutes until paramedics arrived and carted her off the field to a waiting ambulance.
Wetherbee regained consciousness before leaving the field and reportedly maintained steady breathing throughout the ordeal, but the incident cast a surreal tone over the rest of the District IV girls soccer semifinal game between the Central 2B rivals. Even after the game, which Adna took by a score of 3-0, thoughts around both benches were on the condition of Wetherbee.
“They did feel really, really bad. It was nice of the ref to say that it was legal but that she just had smacked her head. It’s just a scary thing. We had an injury like that last year that scared us so we know what they are going through,” said Adna coach Juli Aselton after the game.
“No one wants to see that. I think they felt bad because we had some aggressive plays before that,” added Aselton. “Even though that wasn’t anybody’s fault they all feel bad about that so they’re going to be checking in on her and making sure she’s okay.”
By the time Wetherbee was knocked out Adna had already posted their first goal of the game in the 10th minute when Alyssa Dougherty knocked home a score off of a cross by Payton Aselton. When the Loggers came back from the extended injury timeout, though, they were able to put forth an inspired effort for a time until their adrenaline stores ran low.
“They sure came out on fire after that. And more power to them because that can take a team down and they jumped right into it and gave us that hard game that we were expecting,” said Aselton, whose team took just a 1-0 lead into the intermission.
In the second half Adna found the separation they are used to thanks to a pair of goals by Cierra Swenson that were again assisted by Payton Aselton. In the 47th minute Swenson redirected a corner kick from Aselton and then in the 72nd minute Swenson topped off the scoring with a sliding effort to punch in another pass from Aselton.
“Payton got that corner kick and the ball was going off to the far post and I just got that ball right into the corner,” explained Swenson. “The second goal was a run by Brynn Arrington and then (an) assist by Payton and a wall pass back to me in the corner of the goal.”
Swenson said she was simply the beneficiary of her talented teammates on the night.
“I had defensive help with Jordyn (Swenson) and Olivia (Rodriguez) back there bringing the ball down the side, and then Brynn carries it down, Payton brings it up. I couldn’t do it without my team,” she said.
After her team found itself playing too much defense in the first half, Aselton was happy with the way the players corrected their performance on the field to match their gameplan.
“That’s what we kept saying is if one of our defenders can get to the ball first then you’ve got lots of people around you who are helping. And that transition happened throughout the game and that’s what we were looking for, our passing and moving and just getting the ball forward, forward, forward,” said Aselton.
The win over Onalaska clinches a state berth for Adna and pits them against Kalama in the District IV championship game on Saturday.
Although Adna is undefeated and has already bested the Chinooks twice already this year, by scores of 2-0 and 3-0, the Pirates are not taking their second place foes from the Central 2B League lightly.
“I’m worried about Kalama because they are a pretty good team and they put up a fight for us,” said Swenson.
Aselton said her team will simply need to follow through on their gameplan again in order to put themselves in a good position to win the district championship.
“The last time we played them we did pretty good and we were able to get to the ball first like we did tonight,” she said, while noting that Kalama rested a couple of their better players in that game. “For us it’s just making sure we have eyes on those players. We’re just going to try not to let them get the ball. We know who they are. And we just want to get to the ball first. If we have the ball then they can’t score.”
Adna (17-0) will face Kalama at noon on Saturday at Tiger Stadium in Centralia. Kalama (15-2) bested Ocosta 1-0 on Tuesday in their semifinal match.
Tenino Rolls Past La Center Into District Semifinals
TENINO — Tenino’s Brieanna Dell scored a hat trick and Courtney Dodge added three assists to lead the Beavers to an 8-0 win over La Center in a District 4 1A girls soccer tournament match here on Tuesday.
The Beavers move on to face King’s Way Christian at 7 p.m. in Vancouver on Thursday for a berth into the state tournament and the district championship game on Saturday. The loser will play in a winner to state, loser out game on Saturday.
Dell started the scoring in the 6th minute with an assist from Dodge, and the same connection recorded a goal in the 21st minute. Rhian Mathis scored unassisted in the 30th minute for a 3-0 lead at halftime.
Mathis started the second half with a goal in the 45th minute on Dodge’s third assist of the game. Lara Kershaw scored unassisted in the 56th minute and Dell completed the hat trick in the 60th minute on an assist from Megan Letts.
Molly Craig scored on an assist from Ally Vestal in the 63rd minute and Morgan Miner capped the scoring in the 77th minute with an assist from Grace Vestal.
Tenino goalkeeper Abby Severse made two saves in the clean sheet win.
“I thought we played really well. We played them earlier in the year, they play a higher line with an offside trap. The first time we played them, we got caught offside eight times,” Tenino coach Kevin Schultz said. “This time, we got caught 7 times, but adjusted better and had a plan for wanting to attack it. Early on, we got Courtney Dodge involved on the right wing. We were able to get her behind that way and she assisted the first two goals, I thought she played well.”
Schultz was also pleased with the play of Dell and was happy he was able to get all 22 players on the roster into the game and rest some players for King’s Way Christian.
It will be a tough game for Tenino on Thursday, but Schultz hopes his team will play well and enjoy competing in a playoff game.
“I think it will be a challenge but a good one. We’ll approach the game with the same mentality and give ourselves a chance to compete and get the win,” Schultz said. “We’re excited to play in a district semifinal. It’s really exciting. We’ve been talking the last few days of enjoying this process, not every athlete gets the chance to get to play in the playoffs.”
W.F. West Falls to Ridgefield to End Season
Ridgefield was too much for W.F. West on Tuesday, as the Spudders scored three goals in the second half for a 5-2 win in a District 4 2A girls soccer tournament elimination game in Chehalis.
The Spudders got on the board in the 2nd minute on a goal by Paytn Barnette. W.F. West tied the match in the 27th minute as Madi Mencke fed Courtney Bennett for a goal. Ridgefield answered with a goal in the 33rd minute by Annika Farley for a 2-1 lead at halftime.
Farley scored in the 45th and 52nd minutes to build a three goal lead. W.F. West tried to gain some momentum with a goal in the 60th minute as Abbey Duffey buried a penalty kick. Ridgefield shut the door in the 74th minute on a goal by Brooke Weese.
W.F. West coach Allen Anderson praised the play of Bennett in her final prep soccer game and goalkeeper Aeryn Elder, noting she made some great saves to keep the game close in the first half.
W.F. West ends the season 7-10-1 overall and 6-4 in EvCo games.