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Saturday’s 2B Girls Soccer: Toledo Edges Life Christian

By The Chronicle

KALAMA — Toledo’s Marina Smith scored both goals to help the Indians push past Life Christian 2-1 in a District IV 2B girls soccer tournament game here on Saturday.

The win advances Toledo to the semifinals against Kalama on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Tiger Stadium in Centralia.

“I think the girls went in there very excited and nervous. We have very little playoff experience, that kind of caught up to us a bit,” Toledo coach Noel Vazquez said. “We moved the ball well, connected some passes and kept the ball on Life Christian’s side. The playoffs are kind of different, you’ve played everybody once or twice. Their coach did a good job.”

Smith scored in the 20th minute on an assist by Briza Gallegos for a 1-0 lead at halftime. Smith increased the lead to 2-0 in the 60th minute on an assist by Rose Dillon.

Life Chrisitan’s Kimberly Ballard scored in the 78th minute, but Toledo held on for the win.

Toledo freshman goalkeeper Daphnie Bybee stepped up big and made two saves in the win.

“It’s not an easy spot when one of your first starts is in the district tournament,” Vazquez said. “It was good for everybody that came in today.”

Vazquez gave credit to the LC goalkeeper, as Toledo put up 26 shots, including 17 on target and the Eagles’ goalie made some big saves to keep the game close.

Toledo lost to Kalama 2-0 in a non-league game in Kalama before falling 3-1 in Toledo in a Central 2B League game two days later.

“We’ll get as ready as we can and try to have a little upset in the semifinal if we can,” Vazquez said.

Onalaska Blanks Napavine 1-0

KALAMA — Onalaska’s Savannah Gifford scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory over Napavine in a District IV 2B girls soccer tournament game here on Saturday afternoon.

The Loggers advance to take on Adna in the semifinals on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Tiger Stadium in Centralia.

Gifford scored in the 35th minute. Napavine goalkeeper Zaylii Orozco made five saves in the loss.

“I think they did really well. We talked before the game, Ony beat us 6-2 the first time, 5-2 the second time,” Napavine coach Emily McCarthy said. “I told them they could definitely win this game. Each team brought their A-game, they fought really hard. Ony just got that one goal and they held that lead.”

McCarthy credited her midfield for working hard throughout the game, including Calyx Pope, Mercedez Becerra, Marissa Segers and Kazmira Hardenbrook.

“Good job to all my girls, thank you to all my seniors,” McCarthy said. “A lot of them have been on the team all four years. They just gave it their all today and brought a lot of heart to the team.”

Napavine ends the season 9-9 overall and 5-4 in Central 2B League games.

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