Coming off a shutout loss to Kalama last week, Toledo entered Monday’s matchup with Onalaska needing a win to stay within striking distance of one of the top two seeds in the playoffs. The Indians got what they needed, topping the Loggers 3-1 in penalty kicks and snapping Ony’s four-game win streak in the process.
“It feels pretty good,” Toledo coach Noel Vazquez said. “We struggled in penalty kicks against Stevenson, so we’ve been working on that… They shut us down for a bit then Marina (Smith) came through for us. I felt pretty confident going into those five kicks.”
Toledo junior Marina Smith opened the scoring in the 63rd minute off an assist from Rose Dillon. Onalaska took just three minutes to respond, tying the match up at 1-1.
Dillon, Greenlee Clark and Vanessa Rodriguez each scored penalty kicks to push the Indians to victory. Indians’ keeper Daphnie Bybee recorded eight saves.
“Daphnie had a pretty good game,” Vazquez said. “She stepped up into the spotlight tonight. The leadership from our captains showed today.”
Toledo improves to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in league with the victory, while Onalaska falls to 4-2 overall and 4-1 in league.
The playoff postseason gets a little tricky from here on out. Toledo and Ony played each other during the season opener in which the Loggers filled in for a Stevenson team that was not yet cleared to play at that time. Toledo won that game, and the league is still figuring out if it should be counted as either a non-league or league match. If deemed a league match, Onalaska would drop to 4-2 in league, tied with Toledo.
The Loggers face Kalama (5-1 overall, 5-1 league) in the season finale on Wednesday, a game that could decide the league title, depending on that previous Toledo-Ony season-opener decision. Toledo hosts last-place Toutle Lake (0-7) on Wednesday and will hope that the season-opening match gets counted as league, as well as a Kalama victory over Onalaska, which would give the Indians the No. 2 seed at districts.
With Ilwaco forfeiting Monday’s matchup, Adna secured the Central 2B League’s North Division title and will host the South Division’s No. 4 seed at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The South Division’s seeding will be determined after Wednesday’s round of regular-season games.
In lieu of the forfeit, the Pirates instead traveled to Yelm to face a split JV/varsity Tornadoes team in a non-league match, with Adna coming out on top 3-1. The victory gives the Pirates their seventh-straight victory.
Keaton Dowell started the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 37th minute to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead at the break. Saide Burdick made it 2-0 in the 60th minute on an assist from Dowell, the Zarine Walker punched one in two minutes later off an assist from Kaylin Todd. Yelm scored its lone goal in the 70th minute.
This was just the Pirates’ second match on turf this season, the other being in Forks, and it was good for his team to get used to playing on it since playoffs will all be on turf.
Adna (7-0) closes out the regular season when it hosts Forks on Wednesday.
Winlock tacked on its second win of the season with a 1-0 shutout over Toutle Lake at home Monday, breaking a three-game losing streak.
The Cardinals improve to 2-4 overall with the victory. Junior Gabriela Cruz scored the lone goal of the night off a penalty kick to put Winlock on top for good.
It was senior night for the Cardinals, including for the football team, which brought its senior players out onto the field with the three senior soccer players, Elizabeth Wolfe, Gabrielle Salgado and Azhia Camps, for recognition.
“I was a little emotional,” Winlock coach Brian Ziese said. “We came out fast and had a chance in the first 30 seconds. We were pretty dangerous and had a lot of chances.
Gabriel Cruz ended up knocking in Winlock’s lone goal in the 19th minute off a penalty kick. Ziese also commended Alexa Barragan for creating opportunities, as well as freshman defender Adriana Garcia for shutting down Toutle’s top threat.
“She stepped up for the seniors,” Ziese said.
Winlock (2-4) hosts Stevenson (3-3) on Wednesday in a season finale that will decide the fourth and final seed in the playoffs. Ziese isn’t quite sure how the tiebreaker will be decided if Winlock wins, due to Stevenson defeating the Cardinals 6-0 earlier in the season.
An hours-long road trip up the Olympic Peninsula to the land of vampires and werewolves wasn’t enough to stop Napavine in a shootout victory over Forks Monday night to snap a two-game losing skid.
The victory, Napavine’s second over Forks this season, secures the Tigers the fourth and final seed in the district playoffs this weekend.
“We’re limping to the finish line but we’re getting better,” Napavine assistant coach Chris Tarabochia said.
Natalya Marcial scored both goals for Napavine, in the 36th and 62nd minutes, to help the Tigers take a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation, then Haley Gallagher, Emma Stewart and Grace Pancake knocked in penalty kick shots in overtime to secure the victory. Tarabochia also commended the play of Dani Tupuola and Lilly Miller.
“Lilly played brilliantly for us,” Tarabochia said. “Every time she got the ball she found the right person. Dani has a monster game.”
Napavine hosts Ocosta (6-2) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday for the Tigers’ senior night.