Wednesday’s Prep Girls Soccer: Toledo Edges Tigers Late

By The Chronicle

NAPAVINE — Toledo needed a pair of goals late in the contest here on Wednesday in order to get past a resurgent Tigers team by a score of 3-2 in a Central 2B League girls soccer showdown.

“It was such a level playing field tonight. Both teams fought super, super hard,” said Napavine coach Emily McCarthy. “It was super intense. It got aggressive. It’s a tough loss but my girls played really well considering last time, Toledo beat us 9-0.”

Marina Smith gave Toledo a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 18th minute. Napavine’s Chloe Stewart then answered back with a goal of her own in the 32nd minute that sent the teams to the intermission all knotted up at 1-1.

Napavine claimed a 2-1 lead five minutes into the second half when Halee Williams punched in a penalty kick. However, goals by Smith and Rose Dillon in the 62nd and 64th minutes, respectively, allowed Toledo to take the final advantage.

McCarthy was particularly pleased with the defensive effort her team displayed.

“One of our outside mids, Mercedez Becerra, she did really well tonight. Toledo has a really good player, Briza Gallegos, and Mercedez did a really good job of locking her down tonight,” said McCarthy.

Toledo coach Noel Vasquez sounded relieved to leave the city on the hill with a win in hand.

“I think the girls were a little too confident going to Napavine and I think we took them for granted,” said coach Noel Vazquez. “They played better than us for most of the first half but we recovered.”

Napavine (6-6, 3-3 league) will travel to play Toutle Lake on Monday. Toledo (9-4, 4-2) will host Ilwaco on Monday.

Loggers Blast Fighting Ducks

ONALASKA — The Loggers were able to blank Toutle Lake 5-0 here on Wednesday on their way to a Central 2B League girls soccer victory.

Brooklyn Sandridge got Onalaska on the board with a goal just eight minutes into the contest. Rebecca Griel followed up in the 19th minute with a goal of her own that gave the home team a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Nine minutes into the second half Sandridge scored her second goal of the night to extend the Onalaska lead. Hannah Cameron scored the final two goals of the night for the Loggers in the 59th and 78th minutes.

Onalasaka (8-3-1, 4-2 league) will play at Winlock on Monday.

Adna Blanks Winlock

WINLOCK — Adna scored five goals in the first half en route to a 7-0 win against Winlock in a Central 2B League girls soccer match here on Wednesday.

Zarine Walker scored in the 4th minute on an assist by Payton Aselton. Joey Swenson scored in the 20th minute on another assist by Aselton and Jordyn Swenson scored unassisted in the 29th minute. Presley Smith scored in the 30th minute on an assist by Joey Swenson and Cierra Swenson scored in the 33rd minute on a penalty kick for a 5-0 advantage at halftime.

Cierra Swenson scored her second of the game in the 48th minute and Walker added her second goal of the night in the 54th minute to conclude the scoring.

Adna goalkeepers Makaela Meister and Kayden McCombs each stopped one shot each in the clean sheet.

“It was definitely a cold and wet game tonight! The Swenson sisters each scored tonight: Joey, Jordyn and Cierra,” Adna coach Juli Aselton said. “Payton gave off some really good wall passes to the forwards tonight. It’s something the whole team has worked on. It was a good game to get used to playing with a wet field!”

Adna (10-2-1) hits the road to take on Kalama on Monday in a league game.

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