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2B Soccer: Adna Cruises to Final Four With Win Against La Conner

Images from a State 2B girls soccer match between Adna and La Conner at Tiger Stadium in Centralia on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

Adna Cruises to Final Four With Win Against La Conner

By Matt Baide
mbaide@chronline.com

For the fourth straight season, Lady Pirates are headed to the state semifinals.

And keeping with the theme of familiarity, their opponent on Friday afternoon will be the same team they’ve played three times already this year.

Adna beat La Conner, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon in Centralia in the quarterfinals of the State 1B/2B girls soccer playoffs, setting up a fourth matchup against the Eagles on Friday in Sumner.

The good news is that Adna is 3-0 in those three previous matchups with Central 2B League rival Life Christian.

Cierra Swenson scored twice to pace Adna in the win over La Conner.

“The girls were excited for this game and excited for next week. Now we just have to go back and work on our game plan for Life Christian again,” Adna coach Juli Aselton said. “We’re excited to be in the final four again.”

Adna started off strong and scored in the third minute, when Payton Aselton fired a corner kick that bounced off a few La Conner defenders and barely crossed the line for a 1-0 lead that held until halftime.

In the 55th minute, Swenson got off a shot that floated over the keeper’s head and into the net. Swenson added her second goal in the 60th minute, chipping a loose ball over some scrambled La Conner defenders to end the scoring and seal the win.

The defense played well, Aselton said.

“They did a lot of clearing the ball, and we knew they had a fast forward (Emma Lee),” Aselton said. “So our job was to make sure if she got the ball, we had somebody sweeping behind her when she got the ball and that worked really well for us. I think that we had some good passes through, and our forwards were eager to get the ball.”

The Pirates beat Life Christian 3-2 on Sept. 27, beat LCA 3-1 on Oct. 23 and beat the Eagles 4-3 on Nov. 4 in the District 4 championship game, winning in an overtime shootout after trailing 3-0 at halftime.

In the semifinals, Aselton hopes her team can use the confidence of their previous victories and have the offense going early in order to earn a fourth win.

“To be honest, having to come back against them last time — I think that was a great game for us to see so that way if we do get down, that there’s always that possibility of coming back,” Aselton said. “I feel like when you’re ahead every single game and then you get down, sometimes it’s really hard to dig yourself out. I think that will give us some confidence for next week whether we’re behind or ahead at halftime. We just won’t ever give up, so we’re looking forward to it.”

Adna and Life Christian kick off at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner. The other 1B/2B semifinal, between Brewster and St. George’s, starts at 2 p.m. on the same field. The third-place game starts Saturday morning at 10 a.m., with the state championship game scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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