Wednesday’s Prep Girls Soccer: Napavine Tops Winlock in Shootout

By The Chronicle
NAPAVINE — Napavine and Winlock couldn’t settle the game in regulation, and the Tigers were able to prevail 3-2 in a Central 2B League girls soccer match here on Wednesday.
The Cardinals scored first on a goal by Alexa Barragan in the 21st minute. Napavine responded quickly with a goal in the 23rd minute by Chloe Stewart and a 1-1 tie at halftime.
Napavine took the lead in the second half on a goal from Sydney Burdick and an assist from Halee Williams. Barragan added her second of the night in the 72nd minute to even the game.
In the shootout, Cheleena Squibb, Gabby Cruz and Azhia Camps each scored along with Napavine’s Williams, Jadynne League and Trinity Underhill for a 3-3 tie after five shots. Winlock’s miss on the sixth shooter allowed Napavine’s Xoee Pope to step up and bury the game winner for the Tigers.
“I was immensely happy with them. The last two games, we were hurting, both skill wise and mental wise,” Napavine coach Emily Boettcher said. “We had a little pow wow to get our juices flowing again. I was very proud of them.”
Boettcher noted the performance of Williams in the middle and Makensee Taliaferro-Bouge’s performance on the right wing for the Tigers.
Winlock coach Brian Ziese was pleased with his team’s performance despite the loss.
“Barragan just had a great game. The biggest thing that helped us was coming back. I didn’t know how we would react but they still had some fight in them,” Ziese said. “They were still battling and didn’t fall. Our fifth shooter to win the game hits the pole and we steal one from them. The soccer gods weren’t in our favor.”
Napavine (2-2) hosts Onalaska on Monday in a league match while Winlock (1-3) faces Life Christian on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Tacoma.

Toledo Blanks Life Christian
TOLEDO – The Indians grabbed a quick lead here Wednesday night and never gave it away as they kicked their way to a 4-0 win over Life Christian in Central 2B League girls soccer action.
Marina Smith got Toledo on the board in the third minute with a goal off of a penalty kick and then the game fell into a stalemate for the following 39 minutes of play. In the 42nd minute, though, Rylan Richardson scored a goal on an assist by Rose Dillon, and Richardson followed that score up ten minutes later with a goal on a free kick.
Maryssa Peters capped off the Toledo scoring with a goal assisted by Richardson in the 72nd minute.
Toledo coach Noel Vasquez came away ready to extoll the well-rounded skill set that Richardson brings to the pitch.
“She’s only been playing soccer for four years and the fact that I’ve seen her grow from never kicking the ball before when I took over to being able to knock in free kicks and score on the run is pretty impressive to me,” said Vasquez. “She’s been looking for a break out game to show everything that she’s learned over the years and I think today was that game.”
Vasquez added that goalkeeper Kaylee Veigel helped preserve the shutout with eight saves on limited scoring opportunities for the Eagles.
“I think that the defense did really well. We had good rotation in the back with the centerbacks helping our outside back and we were just doing really well with our communication,” said Vasquez.
Toledo (2-2) will play at Adna at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Adna Trounces Ocosta
ADNA — Cierra Swenson recorded a hat trick to lead the Lady Pirates to a 5-0 win over Ocosta in a Central 2B League girls soccer match here on Wednesday.
Rachel Burke scored the first goal of the game in the 14th minute. It was the Swenson show the rest of the first half, scoring her first goal in the 26th minute.
Swenson added another goal in the 33rd minute on an assist from Payton Aselton and completed the hat trick in the 37th minute for a 4-0 lead at halftime.
Aselton scored the final goal of the game in the 71st minute on an assist from Summer White.
Adna (3-0) hosts Toledo on Saturday at 6 p.m. in a C2BL contest.

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