Wednesday’s 2B Girls Soccer: Loggers Roll Top Ranked Adna in District Semis

Images from a District IV 2B girls soccer tournament semifinal game between Adna and Onalaska at Tiger Stadium in Centralia on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019.

Underdogs Rule: Onalaska Shuts Out Pirates to Clinch Spot in State Tournament

By Jordan Nailon

jnailon@chronline.com

Everyone except for Onalaska knew who the favorite to win was here tonight at Tiger Stadium. In the end, though, only the Loggers were right.

Onalaska parlayed a goal by Autumn Russ late in the second half into a 1-0 win over an Adna team that, coming into the night, hadn’t lost to a 2B team all season long. The win puts the Loggers into the 2B District IV title game against Toledo and secures the purple and gold girls soccer squad a spot in the state tournament.

“I don’t feel like anybody on our team felt we were an underdog at all. I don’t believe that,” said Onalaska coach Chris Van Clifford. “Basically you have to score and we didn’t score the first two times (against Adna). We got our score today and we were able to hold them out.”

Russ managed to snap a scoreless tie in the 38th minute with a well-placed shot that barely escaped the reach of Adna goalkeeper Makaela Meister. After that it was up to the Loggers defense, including goalie Alex Cleveland-Barrera who notched eight saves to preserve her team’s one goal advantage until the game had reached full time.

Those final 42 minutes of regulation included a wild stoppage time finale. Due to multiple injuries timeouts and other unscheduled breaks during the game, that wild home stretch seemed to stretch forever like the event horizon of a black hole toward the edges of the universe while Adna mounted a frantic attack.

“I was hoping that we were just going to keep it on their side for most of the game. But those kicks scared me a bit but I think we did overall pretty well,” said Cleveland-Barrera.

The sophomore goalie said the Loggers utilized lessons learned last year in order to fuel their takedown of the Central 2B League champion Pirates.

“I think it was the adrenaline because Adna had beat us twice already and we know that last year, Ocosta beat us twice and we knew we beat them to go to state. Same with Adna, we lost to them both times 1-0 but we got them this time,” explained Cleveland-Barrera as her team celebrated on the field. “It’s so awesome. I wished for this!”

The Pirates had their best laid plans scuttled 15 minutes into the game when sophomore midfielder Presley Smith went down with a broken ankle after an awkward collision. That misfortune found a bookend during the game-ending stoppage time when Adna’s most valuable player, Payton Aselton, went down with what appeared to be a leg injury of her own. Luckily for the Pirates, the diagnosis for Aselton was only a bad bout of leg cramps but their onset only served to further handcuff their efforts for a last second score.

“I think we both played really well tonight we just didn’t make as many on-target passes as we normally have because they did pressure us pretty fast,” said Adna coach Juli Aselton. “We just weren’t quite in sync today. But we still have a chance at state so we’re going to come back on Saturday and work hard and see if we can get a win.”

Adna will face the Chinooks on their home field in Kalama at 10 a.m. on Saturday in order to determine which team qualifies for the state tournament and which team will see their season end early. Adna defeated Kalama 2-1 earlier this season in their lone meeting but the teams know each other well after facing off for the District title last year.

“It could really go either way. I don’t think they want to play us and we don’t really want to play them,” said Coach Aselton. “Of course it’s on their turf. I think they’re going to play aggressive and we’ll play aggressive and I think it should be a really good game.”

As for Onalaska, they will take on Toledo in the District championship game at noon on Saturday in Kalama. The Loggers are hoping to ride the wave of momentum they built here on Wednesday right on through to a District title and then on to the state tournament.

“It’s been a fantastic journey to get here. Onalaska has never beaten Adna before so to do it here tonight to get to state is pretty awesome. We’re pretty excited,” said Van Clifford.

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