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Wednesday’s 2B Girls Soccer: Winlock Edges Napavine in Shootout

Winlock’s Maggie Howsden (far left, facing) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning goal in a shootout against Napavine in a Central 2B League girls soccer game on Wednesday in Napavine.

Winlock Edges Napavine in Shootout

By Matt Baide

mbaide@chronline.com

NAPAVINE — Napavine and Winlock couldn’t determine a winner in regulation or overtime, and Maggie Howsden’s final goal in the shootout gave the Cardinals a 2-1 win against the Tigers in a Central 2B League girls soccer game here on Wednesday.

“(I was) a little nervous. We haven’t been practicing PKs very good. Actually, some girls shot the opposite way than we’ve been practicing so it threw us off a little bit,” Winlock coach Brian Ziese said. “We were really nervous. We didn’t really want to go into it, but we knew we had the top keeper in the league, too. That’s kind of a plus, but you’re still nervous because anything can happen.”

Winlock goalkeeper Cheleena Squibb did it all in the shootout, taking the first shot for the Cardinals and burying it in the bottom left corner. Napavine’s Lucy Sevilla matched the goal and Winlock’s Makayla Allbritton scored, followed by Squibb blocking Xoee Pope for a 2-1 lead in the shootout.

Winlock’s Darby Low missed her shot wide right, and Napavine’s Amy Lopez made her PK to tie it up at two after three shooters.

Rachel Annonen stepped up for the Cardinals and scored, and Squibb blocked Napavine’s  Chloe Stewart, setting up Howsden to make the game-winning goal.

“To be quite honest, we haven’t actually practiced with the PKs. Obviously, you always do shooting at practice,” Napavine coach Emily Boettcher said. “I gave them a few pointers before they went out there but you know how PKs go — it’s mostly 50-50. You can have the skill and stuff, but are you actually going to do it when you step up there? I’m quite proud.”

Winlock scored first in regulation, as a free kick at the end of the first half found the head of Allbritton, who knocked it into the net for a 1-0 lead.

The Cardinals were playing their third game in three days.

“We did some good things, but we did a lot of bad things compared to what we did the first two games,” Ziese said. “I think just because we were tired. Tired legs make bad mistakes.”

Napavine responded early in the second half. Lopez cleaned up a loose ball in the box to tie the game.

“I think they played great. It’s just a tough loss,” Boettcher said. “I think they regrouped really well and kept a positive attitude.”

Winlock (3-2, 2-2 league) faces Kalama on the road in a league match Monday, while Napavine (0-5, 0-4 league) hosts Tenino on Saturday in a nonleague game.

Note: Winlock defeated Castle Rock 2-0 on Tuesday, with Howsden scoring a goal in each half to lead the Cardinals to the victory.
Peters’ Saves Help Toledo Beat Onalaska

ONALASKA — Goalkeeper Meeghan Peters came up big in the final minutes, and Toledo held off Onalaska, 1-0, here Wednesday in Central 2B League girls soccer action.

Ally Bacon scored the game’s only goal in the 20th minute, but in the final 20 minutes of the game the Loggers ramped up the pressure in an attempt to even the score.

Toledo’s defense kept them at bay until the last two minutes, when Onalaska earned a penalty kick. Peters, though, blocked the shot — only to have the rebound go back to the shooter, who took another crack at the goal.

“She blocked the shot again,” Toledo coach Noel Vazquez said. “She had two great saves.”

The Indians are still playing without three starters, Vazquez pointed out.

“It was a pretty good game in the first half for our team, and in the second half I think the girls got a little tired,” Vazquez said, noting the team’s key injuries. “We’re still struggling to move the ball around the way I want them to.”

Toledo (1-3, 1-2 league) plays at Mt. Rainier Lutheran at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and hosts Adna on Monday. Onalaska (2-3, 1-3 league) plays at Life Christian on Monday.
Adna Blanks Ocosta

ADNA — The Pirates improved to 4-0 in Central 2B League play here Wednesday night, beating Ocosta 2-0 in girls soccer action.

Payton Aselton scored in the first 90 seconds, and Alyssa Dougherty added a goal on an assist from Cierra Swenson.

“Our girls have been working on passing all week, and it definitely showed tonight,” Adna coach Juli Aselton said. “Brynn Arrington played a great game as defensive mid, and Gwen Wilson had great passes from the wing to our forwards tonight.”

Adna (4-1 overall) hits the road to play Toledo on Monday.

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